Running is an effective way to help increase your health and fitness levels, burn fat and increase your metabolism. While running anytime can help you toward your fitness and fat-loss goals, running in the morning may provide extra physiological and psychological benefits as well.
In the morning your carbohydrate stores are depleted and because carbs are your body’s usual source of energy, when they’re not available your body burns fat to fuel your workout instead. So we can pretty much guarantee that at 6 am, when you arrive to meet Gina, your body is in a semi-fasted state, and you will get the biggest bang for your buck!
In case you’re wondering, “What should I do for breakfast?” Unless you are diabetic, or on a specific meal plan recommended by your physician or a dietician, we recommend eating a balanced breakfast right after your run or morning workout. This will ensure that your carbohydrate levels are restored and your muscles don’t start to break down.
Others have found many benefits psychologically to running and exercise in general. A morning run can be extra beneficial simply because getting your cardio out of the way first thing in the morning gives you the feeling of being one step closer to your goals. It also releases endorphins that help you stay in a positive mood all day long. Not to mention that you will get it out of the way before dealing with other distractions or commitments in your busy day such as; work, family, and social activities.
With the cool temperatures and quiet streets, you will be sure to clear your mind and energize your body. The 6 a.m. run is just what you need!
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