Morning cardio is what I wake up to each and every day and boy, do I love it. I know there are lots of people who scoff at the idea of actually enjoying exercise, especially when it means getting up at 5am for it, but it’s the truth. Once you’ve kept at it for a while and can actually notice the difference in how you feel throughout the rest of the day, there’s no going back. You crave that feeling and it’s the best obsession you’ll ever have.
There are a few reasons in particular why I prefer doing cardio in the morning. For one thing, it boosts my energy, which is important when you know you have a long, busy day ahead of you. Sure it may not seem like fun when you hear your alarm go off and you’re all cozy and warm in bed, feeling even more comfortable than you were when you went to sleep there the night before (why does that happen, anyway?) but once you push yourself to get out of bed, switch into your workout gear and get started, it’s amazing how quickly you start to feel awake and energized. It’s a great feeling, knowing you have accomplished something important and feeling yourself getting stronger. It’s certainly a much better feeling than what you’ll have in a couple hours when you have to get up anyway but instead of energized and eager you feel tired and sluggish.
In fact, experts have proven that exercise is extremely effective for helping treat fatigue and boost energy levels. Not to mention an array of other health issues including high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression.
My energy isn’t the only thing that runs on high all day. I prefer High-Intensity Interval Training, which has proven to be one of the most effective forms of cardio, helping you burn fat faster and keeping your metabolism spiked longer compared to steady-state cardio workouts such as running on the treadmill or using the elliptical machine — a great motivating factor otherwise known as the afterburn effect. Your metabolism will peak and remain elevated for hours, even days after your workout. This is a reeeeeeally good thing. The higher your metabolism, the faster your body burns calories, and therefore the quicker you burn fat. Interval training really helps kickstart your metabolism, so as long as you keep up with your workouts, you will definitely notice changes in your body sooner rather than later. Not only that, but because a HIIT workout is so effective, you can spend less time doing it. Skip the hour-long run and get better results with a mere 15-20 minutes of interval training each day. Pretty awesome, right?
Everyone’s schedule is different, so for instance if you work nights, or you have children to look after during the early hours of the day, you may need to switch things around and do what works for you. If you can’t fit your cardio workout in sometime during the morning, it’s not the end of the world. Just make sure you fit in regular cardio exercise throughout your week, whenever and however you can, and the most important thing is that you’re putting in the effort. The results will show. You don’t have to workout every single day, although it is important to get some form of physical activity on a daily basis. For instance, you can work out through the week and then take the weekend off if you want. The main thing to remember is that you can always make time. We all have the same amount of hours in every single day, and it’s up to you what you choose to do with that time.