Exercising in the morning have many health benefits. Regular morning exercise keeps you healthy and away from diseases.
But is there any good reason to exercise before breakfast?
Well, in this post I’ll tell you in details about all the health benefits of morning exercise before breakfast.
- Update: I have written a detailed article on full-body morning workout routine using body-weight. Check this if you need a good workout routine to follow.
9 Benefits of Morning Exercise Before Breakfast
1. Morning exercise in empty stomach burns fat faster
In the morning our body doesn’t have much sugar, so when we perform an exercise in the morning before breakfast it uses a portion of our stored body fat. Therefore it’s a fast and effective way to burn fat.
If your goal is to lose weight and feel good throughout the day then – morning workout is for you.
By doing some specific exercise in the morning like cardio or aerobic exercises you can experience a better and fast fat burning process.
2. Exercising in the morning raises your metabolism + you get the advantage of the ‘after-burn’
During a morning workout, your body metabolism increases and it remains high for some period of time after the exercise. High metabolism rate helps your body to burn more calories than usual. That’s why experts recommend exercising in the morning if someone wants to lose their weight.
You can only have this process if you perform the workout in the morning or workout after fasting for five to seven hours.
Depending on what you want from your workout you need to set some smart fitness goals. So that you know exactly how you want to train your muscles.
3. A fresh start of the day
In the morning we wake up with less tension and stress. When you work out early in the morning generally you have a high focus on your activities and thus it becomes much more effective.
By stimulating your body completely, you get relaxed and your mood remains cool for the whole day.
Also completing a morning workout gives you a feeling of accomplishment and its good for your mental health.
4. A morning exercise before breakfast will keep you Active All day Long
One of the main benefits of morning exercise is you’ll be more active all day long.
A good morning exercise burns your unused calories and helps your body to perform its normal activities. It enables good blood flow and this will help you to stay active for more hours.
If you are trying to increase your productivity then exercising in the morning is a must for you.
Is it ok to do push-ups before breakfast?
First of all push up is a great exercise because it utilizes your body weight plus activates many muscles of your body at once. Especially upper body muscles.
Yes, you can do push-ups before breakfast. But also consider this. In the morning all muscles are not activated properly. When you warm-up or stretch they get activated. If you want to do push-ups in the morning warm-up your body for two minutes and stretch a little bit. Now go to push-up position and do 3 to 6 pushups. ( you can touch your chest on the floor and wait for two seconds and complete the set) . It will activate all your muscles. Wait for 30 seconds to a minute and now do push-ups until failure.
Following this method, you will be able to do more pushups in the morning than before.
Today I’m updating this post ( 31. 07. 2018 ) and this morning I did same and completed 30 ( and half ) pushups by following the same method with proper form.
Suggested reading: Benefits of doing push up in the morning
5. Protects You from Diabetic
Living a sedentary lifestyle or doing less physical work increases the chances of having diabetic. Exercising in the morning helps to manage your glucose level throughout the day.
Here’s what CAD recommends ‘150 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous exercise.” source – Diabetes.ca
Also, anaerobic exercises should be included in the workout routine to keep your muscle mass even after 45.
6. You will be Hungry for breakfast after completing your morning workout
Most of the people eat a low amount of food for breakfast. Sometimes we ignore it and many time we supplement it with a protein bar.
A good breakfast is so much important to maintain good health and it supplies the energy that you need during a day.
By working out before breakfast you will be damn hungry to eat your breakfast and you will never miss it again.
7. It will take less time to fall asleep & You’ll have better sleep at night
An early morning workout gives you a fresh start for the day. You will be ahead of the time. After completing your workout and a nice breakfast you will feel active and in a better mood.
This will help you to finish your work faster. So at evening, you can chill with your family and at night you will enjoy a good sleep.
8. Good for your overall health
Waking up early in the morning and working out can be helpful for your overall health.
By doing daily morning exercise before breakfast – you will develop better self-discipline. Also, working out every morning will improve your immunity system and make you stronger.
Although, you can do your morning workout indoor. But you can get more benefits when you practice it outdoor. Read this article if you want to know about all the benefits of spending time outdoors
9. Exercise before breakfast can help you to Lower Your Blood Pressure
It’s a fact that most heart attack happens in the early hours of the morning.
Scientific study on a group of participants found that a simple 30 minutes of running in the morning reduced their blood pressure by 10 per cent.
Update 2020: If you are someone who has less time to work out then you can read – best exercise tips for busy people (inside this post you will find a workout routine for busy professionals.)
Best practices and Tips for Morning Exercise before breakfast
Before you start working out in the morning, consider these things:
- Always try to have at least six to seven hours of sleep. You can only wake up early and get enough time to exercise if you sleep early.
- Prepare your breakfast before you go to your bed or make sure you can have it easily within 30 to 45 minutes after workout.
- Start slow, don’t overdo things. Give your body enough time to adapt to your morning routine.
- When you are just starting working out, don’t expect too much to happen overnight.
- Experiment with different exercises and the time period and then choose what works best for you.
Exercises you can do in your morning workout
You can try many exercises in the morning. If you don’t do weight training then you can do running, jogging, stretching, bodyweight squats, jumping jacks, yoga and many more, see this post to get an idea about a morning workout routine.
Just try to complete your morning workout within 20 minutes.
Also on different days focus on different exercises.
Example – Monday you can warm-up and stretch for 5 minutes, do other bodyweight exercises for 5 to 7 minutes and run for 8 to 12 minutes. On the other day – warm-up and stretching for 5 minutes, do bodyweight exercise for 10 minutes and run for 5 minutes.
Adjust it according to your fitness goals.
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How long your morning workout should be
Depending on your fitness goals and how much time you have – a good morning workout can be done within 15-35 minutes.
If you have to leave early for work, you can do – home workouts in the morning. I have already written an article on how to save time and workout efficiently. You can read that post here.
Working out in the morning is a very good option for someone who has a full-time job.
There are many advantages to exercising before breakfast. According to your personal preference you can choose when to exercise. Exercising before breakfast is a great way to boost your metabolism. It can also help you with weight loss and keep you active for the day.
But you should only go for exercising in an empty stomach if your body permits it. If you have any type of health problemes then it will be better if you discuss it with your physician.
If you are going to the gym in the evening you can also exercise in the morning. But you should exercise for 5-7 minutes of freehand exercise and stretch.
How much you should exercise in the morning also depends on the type of exercise routine you are following in the gym.
Many people like to workout 30-45 minutes in the gym 4-5 days every week. Some of them like to do cardio in the morning (2-3 days.) You can do the same. There are many health benefits of running. So, even if you are going to the gym; you might want to run before breakfast 2-3 days every week.
Advice for beginners
If you want to get fit and feel positive then definitely you can exercise before breakfast.
Depending on your physical strength choose your workout time and exercises. If you have low strength then when you are starting your morning workout in the empty stomach – try to complete within 12 to16 minutes. And take rest in between if you need. Do this for some week and it will improve your physical strength then you can further extend your workout time. Bodyweight exercises and stretching is good to start with. Also, you can jog or run for 5 to 8 minutes.
Moderate to advance
For most of the people, 20 minutes of a morning workout is enough. Someday it can be a little longer or shorter.
My quick morning exercise routine
I start my morning workout with stretching. I do it for 1 to 3 minutes. ( keep it simple )
My exercises go like this…
- First I start it with neck rotation, ( clockwise and anticlockwise), then I move my neck up and down, right and left a couple of times. It will help you to avoid sleepiness.
- After that, I do shoulder rotation ( place your both palms on your shoulder facing downward and start rotating forward for 10 – 15 times then rotate backwards and repeat one-two times.
- When you finished your shoulder rotation then move to arm rotation.
- Now do side bends from your hip. Left and right 10 – 15 times, forward-backward 5 – 10 times.
Remember when you start loving your morning workout and do it daily you will be surprised to see all the good changes in your body.
Let’s move on to the next exercise.
- Hip rotation for 25 seconds.
- Now its time to focus on lower parts of your body.
- Perform bodyweight lunge and squat 10 -15 times. Jump squat 10 – 15 times.
- Last exercises of this short morning workout comprise of planks and pushups.
I love doing pushups because at a time it engages many muscle groups. If you are just starting and can’t do a normal pushup then in pushup position place your knees on the ground for some extra support.
Gradually you will see the improvement in your body stamina. Just make sure you try to do it daily and try some couple of times before you think of giving up.
Some of the benefits of exercising in the morning I noticed personally
- It helped me to be productive during the day.
- I don’t feel sleepy during the day.
- It boosts my confidence and helps in maintaining good body posture.
- Easy to maintain the rest of my day
- Improved my stamina and toned my muscles.
- Good sleep at night
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