Did you know that for those of us who love working out in the morning we burn up to 20% more body fat on an empty stomach? Good news for me as I love to go off for my runs pre-breakfast…
Referencing recent studies at Northwestern University, it found that a good way to prevent fat gain regardless of your physical activity level was to get morning light.
Study senior researcher and neurologist Phyllis C. Zee, M.D stated: “If a person doesn’t get sufficient light at the appropriate time of day, it could de-synchronise their internal body clock, which is known to alter metabolism and can lead to weight gain”.
Now, it might be that you need a workout partner to get you out and about in the morning, someone who is reliable and likely to kick your butt if you try to wriggle out of your sessions. If that’s the case, find that person.
Think about the distance you have to travel to work. If it’s within a 3-5 mile radius of home walking could be the perfect opportunity to tick off your daily physical activity, even if it is one way.
If the morning is definitely not your thing, all is not lost. The truth is any activity is better than none, regardless of the time of day and let’s face it, we do not all have the same energy rush at the same time. For some, like me, it is the morning, for others, it might be lunchtime, late afternoon, evening or in the wee hours of the night!
What we can all do is embed activity into our everyday living. For example:
- Stairs not escalators – If you are used to waiting for lifts or using the escalator… STOP! Maximise the time to get some physical activity in and use the stairs. It may not seem like a bit deal but this one simple thing cal have a positive impact on your well-being over time
- Park your car further away from your building (not closer!) – Home or work, give yourself some walking time. Not only is it a good bit of exercise it can also help prepare you for the environment you are going into (getting focused for work or leaving work behind to get into home/social mode). If you are a commuter consider getting off the bus or tube one stop earlier and getting your walk in that way.
- Get out at lunchtime. Break the habit of staying at your desk even if you are not working. Mentally, the break will help you refocus on your return with more clarity and physically, even if you just walk around the block, you have moved around.
In the end, it is up to you. It is your health and wellbeing to do with as you will. You deserve to have a long and healthy life so instead of making excuses not to do any exercise, focus on all the reasons why you should. And if you can get moving in the morning all the better!
Join the morning losers and win back your health…