Everyone needs to exercise, no matter how old you are.
It is said there is no right or wrong time to exercise. Whenever you have time, you should squeeze in a small workout session into your daily routine. However, scientists suggest that working out in the morning before breakfast is far better than any other time of day. Along with increasing your fitness level, this practice is associated with some unique mental benefits as well. Read on to find out why morning workouts may be best.
You may burn more fat
A 2015 study revealed that people who exercise before breakfast burned more fat as compared to those who did it other times of the day. The body burns fat faster in the fasted state as compared to any other time of the day. It is still unclear why this happens.
You’ll sleep better
Exercising and good quality sleep are linked. When you exercise in the morning, you tend to sleep better at night as your body gets enough time to cool down. When you exercise in the evening, your body stays in a hyperactive phase, making it harder to fall asleep.
You’ll be in better shape
Research shows that strength and endurance are the greatest in the morning, which make it easier to workout more efficiently. Your heart rate spikes up faster in the morning as compared to any other time of the day.
You’ll stay better focused
Morning workouts keep you alert, by decreasing the level of cortisol in your body. You might be able to do work better if you exercise first thing in the morning. Though cortisol helps control blood sugar levels, regulate metabolism, reduce inflammation, and assists with memory formulation, too much of it leads to rapid weight gain, high blood pressure, muscle weakness and mood swings, which show as anxiety, depression or irritability.