What is the right time to exercise
One question which often ponders Fitness Enthusiasts in general is that when should they work out?
Should it be first thing in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening or maybe at night? In this
article, we discuss in depth various benefits of working out in the morning are. We will also take a
look at the circumstances under which you should avoid working out in the morning.
It is understood that the best time of the day to workout is usually when you can find the time to do
so. If you have time in the night, and are passionate enough about your workouts, by all means do it
at night. But, if you are one of those who have ample time in hands and can work out according to
their leisure, you should ask yourself, “What is my Goal?” Indeed bodybuilding without a goal is like
a loose cannon. Let us check out various advantages of exercising during the morning on an empty
Exercising first thing in the morning: If your primary goal is to loose fat and build healthy muscles, morning is the best time to work out. In the morning, your body does not have any Carbohydrates to burn, so it goes directly to using Fat (triglycerides) as the energy source. Be sure to drink a glassful of water in the morning just as soon as you wake up and about two glasses of water during the workout, to keep your body hydrated. Another good reason to work out in the morning is that you tend to burn three to four times the fat you would normally burn. But does this mean that you could workout at any time of the day on an empty stomach? Well… yes you can, but in the morning, your body’s growth hormone levels are at its peak. These growth hormones help you to grow muscles fast and as a result loose fat.
Please not that if you are skinny and a person with very active metabolism, in short a ‘hard gainer’, do not work out on an empty stomach. Choose a different time of the day to work out or ensure that you have a high carb food source 15 to 20 minutes before the workout. Also, if you are diabetic, you should avoid working out in the morning.
A common question that people ask is if they will lose muscles when they work out in the morning. There is no need to worry about losing muscles on an empty stomach. Simply keep your body hydrated. Water has known anti- catabolic effects and prevents loss of muscles. To know more, read what Catabolism is and how to prevent muscle loss? You could also consume Acacia Ignition Series™ pre workout supplements like Glutamine, BCAAs and Creatine.
Always remember that your body can adapt to any circumstance. If you are working out for the first time, in the morning, you may feel a little out of energy. Give it a week and you will notice that instead of feeling drained of energy, you are feeling full of it. If you are engaged in a tiring work schedule you might want to consider using Multivitamins. Multivitamins are a great source of essential vitamins and minerals and hence boosts your energy levels.
Make sure that you do stretch out before starting your workout in the morning. Your body was at rest for 7 to 8 hours and it needs a bit warming up before you begin exerting pressure on your muscles. Skipping warm up sessions and performing stretches before workouts may lead to severe injuries. To know more about stretching read, Stretch your muscles before weightlifting or cardio or 10 warm up exercises you must do before starting your workout To conclude we would say that historically, exercises have always been performed in the morning.
The air is fresh, the mood is unaltered and the most important thing; exercising secretes a hormone called endorphin. Endorphin is like a natural narcotic that keeps your mood pleasant and happy all throughout the day. They trigger a positive feeling in the body like Morphine and you may feel ‘Euphoric’ after a workout session. Ever heard of ‘Runner’s High’. It is a result of release of endorphins in the body. This is one of the reasons that people get addicted to exercising. They just
don’t feel right if they do not exercise. To know more, read Psychological benefits of exercising. If you have time and your goal is not to build a professional body, we would suggest going for your work outs in the morning.