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    Top 10 Reasons for Morning Cardio

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    So why mornings?...

    1. Over 90% of people who exercise *consistently*, exercise in the morning. If you want to exercise consistently, odds are in your favor if you exercise first thing in the morning.

    2. When you exercise early in the morning, it "jump starts" your metabolism and keeps it elevated for hours, sometimes up to 24 hours! That means you're burning more calories all day long just because you exercised in the morning!

    3. When you exercise in the morning you'll be *energized* for the day! Personally, I feel dramatically different on days when I have and haven't exercised in the morning.

    4. Many people find that morning exercise "regulates" their appetite for the day - that they aren't as hungry and that they make better food choices. Several people have told me that it puts them in a "healthy mindset."

    5. If you exercise at about the same time every morning, and ideally wake-up at about the same time on a regular basis, your body's endocrine system and circadian rhythms adjust to that. Physiologically, some wonderful things begin to happen; A couple of hours *before* you awaken, your body begins to prepare for waking and exercise because it "knows" it's about to happen. Why? Because it "knows" you do the same thing just about everyday. You benefit from that in several ways..

    a) It's MUCH easier to wake-up. When you wake-up at different times everyday, it confuses your body and thus it's never really "prepared" to awaken.

    b) Your metabolism and all the hormones involved in activity and exercise begin to elevate while you're sleeping. Thus, you feel more alert, energized, and ready to exercise when you do wake-up.

    c) Hormones prepare your body for exercise by regulating blood pressure, heart rate, blood flow to muscles, etc.

    6. For many people, that appointed time every morning becomes something they look forward to. It's time they've set aside to do something good for themselves - to take care of their body, mind, and soul. Many find that it's a great time to think clearly, pray, plan their day, or just relax mentally.

    7. Research has demonstrated that exercise increases mental acuity. On average it lasts four to ten hours after exercise! No sense in wasting that brain power while you're sleeping.

    8. Exercise first thing in the morning is really the only way to assure that something else won't crowd exercise out of your schedule. When your days get hectic, exercise usually takes a back seat!

    9. If finding time to exercise is difficult, anyone can get up 30 to 60 minutes earlier to exercise (if it's a priority in your life). If necessary, you can go to sleep a little earlier. Also, research has demonstrated that people who exercise on a regular basis have a higher quality of sleep and thus require less sleep!

    10. You'll feel GREAT! DO IT!

    Author: Greg Landry, M.S.

  • #2
    I just knew that being in the gym at 3:30 am was a good thing!!!!It definately makes the day better for me when I do my cardio or workout in the early am....
    Heckman aka "WISE" OLD MAN

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Heckman
      I just knew that being in the gym at 3:30 am was a good thing!!!!It definately makes the day better for me when I do my cardio or workout in the early am....
      3:30 in the morning?! Damn Heck, to me.....that's the middle of the NIGHT!
      s! ss! sss!
      -JF.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Joint Fracture
        3:30 in the morning?! Damn Heck, to me.....that's the middle of the NIGHT!
        s! ss! sss!
        -JF.

        I know JF, I talk to so many people are just going to bed at the time we get up...Been doing it for so many years its no big deal anymore!
        Heckman aka "WISE" OLD MAN

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        • #5
          Acknowledged. Well, as long as it works for you, that's all that matters.
          -JF

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          • #6
            I always get up at 4:50, but Heckman takes the cake with his crazy schedule.
            "Well done is better than well said"

            :rocker:



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            • #7
              you mean there is a 3.30am? damn, i thought there was only a 3.30pm
              Some people are so afraid of dying they never actually start living.

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              • #8
                Great thread! For the person who has a hard time committing to exercise, training in the morning is a great way for them to stick to a routine and have NO excuse to miss a workout later in the day!

                For me, i just cant get my brain to wake up to do heavy squatting of deadlifting in the AM!

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                • #9
                  If I put off exercising until later in the day I always manage to be too busy, too tired, too something to do it. It's been mornings for me forever. Took a while to switch The Munster but I've even got him moving in the morning. Of course, morning is relative here. We work out at about 10:30 am. Don't get to bed until after 12 or 1 am though. Had legs today. Kicked ass! :showoff:
                  "The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem." -
                  Theodore Rubin

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                  • #10
                    I'm up at 4:30, in the gym by 5
                    But I just can't do cardio, lifting weights wakes me up, until I sit in front of the computer for a couple of hours, then I get tired
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                    • #11
                      I`m all for AM training, but I do not advocate anyone doing AM cardio on an empty stomach as is so popular.

                      The first priority upon awakening in the morning should be food, to avoid a negative nitrogen balance which = catabolism!!

                      After sleeping all night without food you gotta` get it in ASAP!!

                      Have a shake ,then do cardio,but I think it`s better performed post-training .

                      Just my 2 cents again !!
                      The Phoenix Rising

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