Recent studies have shown that exercising in the morning is the most beneficial time of day to work out. Not only does it give your metabolism a jump start, but you are also more likely to hit the gym on a consistent basis. However, if you need an alarm clock to wake up, and most of us do, then you are likely putting your health at risk by not getting enough sleep! Oh, the double-edged sword.
If you want to make morning exercise a new habit, the healthiest key is to get enough sleep. Individuals require varying amounts. The general standard is to aim for 8 hours, but your body may require less or more. For more restful sleep, try to eat dinner at least two hours before getting into bed. Avoid sugar and heavy meals so you wake up feeling more refreshed. Reading may help you fall asleep faster, as will avoiding bright laptop and TV screens. Make sure you pack your gym bag the night before and lay out your clothes so you can easily get out the door!
In the morning, wash your face with cold water or hop in the shower for a quick minute to awaken your body. Have something small to eat before working out like a slice of sprouted grain toast with Smooth Sensations Cream Cheese Spread Cinnamon Cream 1/3 Less Fat and drink at least 8-16 oz of water. Having a cup of coffee will also give your workout a boost. Caffeine, when consumed 20 minutes before a workout, may increase the intensity and duration by masking the initial discomfort we associate with exercise.
If you are not a morning person, start out easy with just a moderate walk five days a week or a yoga class. Always go to the gym with a plan. Twenty minutes of cardio intervals will always out burn an hour of wandering around the weight room. If you are not sure what to do, try a DVD at home, a class at your gym or bring with you a pre-planned workout that you have done before.
After about a month of consistent workouts, your body should begin to wake up naturally without the alarm clock if you are getting enough sleep. If you are not, you may want to look at your schedule and try working out in the afternoon. Depriving yourself of sleep is not worth a mild morning workout!
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