Is A Workout Before Breakfast Good or Bad?
At long last we have an answer to an age-old question. Is is okay to exercise on an empty stomach? The answer is yes.
Dr. Jason Gill recently completed research at Glasgow University that followed ten men through a series of laboratory tests at the university’s Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences. The men each made three visits to the institute. They were given breakfast each time: On the first visit the men did not do any exercise. The second time they took a brisk walk before breakfast. On the third trip they took a brisk walk after breakfast.
Results of the laboratory tests showed that those who did their walk before breakfast used up to 33 percent more fat than those who did their walk after breakfast. Tests revealed they also experienced a bigger drop in the blood fats that raise the risk of heart disease.
Dr. Gill says that while exercise in itself is good, any done before breakfast may be extra beneficial, because it forces the body to rely on its stores of fat for energy.
According to the Daily Mail, Dr. Gill said, “If you are going to do something, then there is a slight advantage in doing it in a fasted state. But if you find you keel over because you can’t do exercise before you have your slice of toast, then do it afterwards. You are still going to get a huge benefit.”
Rise and Shine. Your Workout Is Waiting For You.
Where exercise is concerned, doing something is always better than doing nothing. And doing something before breakfast is even better. But burning 33% more fat isn’t the only perk to getting your workout done before the day starts. Here are ten more:
1. You don’t spend the rest of the day trying to come up with an excuse as to why you can’t go to the gym, take a walk or run, or follow along with your favorite workout DVD after work.
2. You kick-start your metabolism and increase your metabolic rate early in the day.
3. Your mood will be better. You’ll have a ‘seize the day’ attitude, I promise.
3. It will reduce your stress. Morning exercise will put those ever-so-common fits of morning anxiety in their place.
4. You don’t have to wait on a treadmill, bike or bench at the gym.
5. No one cares what you wear or if you’ve done anything with your hair.
6. The hot shower after the workout feels amazing.
7. You can brag to your friends and co-workers that you got up at fill in the blank o’clock to workout. They will think of you as a superstar.
8. You might catch a sunrise. Remember, the sun will be making an appearance an hour earlier starting Monday.
9. You’ll have your evenings to do whatever you want. Guilt free.
10. You will become an early-morning workout junkie. Some people may hate you for it, but you won’t care because you know that your body is a a fat burning machine at that time of day.
Seize The Day
Set your goals for this fall and winter to get up and active early in the day. It’s good for your waistline and even better for your attitude. Seize the Day!
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