Okay, so we know not everyone is a morning person and that's fine. But the surprising benefits of exercising before breakfast are too hard for us to ignore. We’ve put together this handy little guide to highlight these benefits, as well as some suggested exercises for your early morning workout. Don’t worry, this workout will only take 20 minutes so you don’t need to set your alarm clock that early.
The main advantage of working out on an empty stomach is the potential for increased fat loss. Studies show that working out on an empty stomach means your muscles don’t have much sugar to draw on so you are more likely to tap into your stored energy; therefore you’re likely to burn more fat. When you exercise in the morning it raises your metabolism, which stays elevated even after the workout is over!
After a great morning of exercise you will feel a sense of accomplishment, an increase in productivity, and with the release of serotonin (the feel good hormone), you’ll have everything you need to go out and seize the day! So get your workout clothes ready, set your alarm and think about how great you will feel afterwards…
Now we’ve armed you with morning motivation here are the quick and effective exercises you will need for increased fat burning and there are no excuses, you don’t even need to leave the house!
Jumping Jacks –a great all-over body exercise that is good for both cardio and strengthening. Stand with your feet together and hands by your side, in one motion jump with your feet out to the side and raise your arms above your head. Then reverse that motion and jump back to the starting position.
Squats – perfect for working your glutes and quads. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Bend your hips and knees – the deeper you go the more muscles you’ll activate, you can do it! Rise to the start position.
Line hops – work on your lower half whilst increasing agility. Imagine a vertical line on the floor, hop over the line with both feet and then hop back to the start as quickly as possible…and repeat!
Superman exercise - now it’s time to work on your tummy. Lying on an exercise mat, lift your chest and thighs off the ground at the same time and balance yourself on your tummy – try to keep yourself as straight as possible.
Push ups – a total body exercise that can be easily modified. Too difficult? Try a three quarter push up by resting your knees on the exercise mat (don’t worry we won’t tell anyone).
Jack Knife Crunch – perfect for working your core. Lie on your back with your arms above your head and your legs extended straight out. Raise your knees above your hips and extend your legs to make them straight. Crunch upwards and reach for your toes, then slowly lower back down and hover above the ground before repeating. It’s a difficult one, but so worth it.
Rock and Roll – great for a cardio burst! Using an exercise ball, start on your knees, hip-width apart and place your fists on the ball in front of you. Keeping your body in line, lean forward and roll onto your forearms hold this for one second and then roll back to the start.
If you repeat this workout at least three times a week you will see a great improvement and those early mornings will definitely be worth it!
Have you got any top tips for an early morning workout? Let us know.
The benefits of exercising before breakfast are too hard for us to ignore, so we’ve put together this handy little guide to highlight these benefits, as well as some suggested exercises for your early morning workout.