By Pallavi Sharma
Early to bed, Early to Rise,
AM workouts will always keep you in your desired shape and size!
Trrriinnggg! The alarm goes off. It’s five in the morning. You look at the clock with a sense of disgust and irritation, blaming it for it’s inhumane action of waking you up from your most beautiful sleep. And it glares back at you saying, “Dude, you have such double standards! Last night while you were setting me up, you loved me for waking you up for a noble cause, and look at you now!” Deep inside you know, it’s right. You try hard to open your eyes by rubbing them vigorously, while taking wobbly steps to the restroom. And with the first splash of cold water on your face, your mental alarm (if there is any in the real term) gets triggered. You are charged and all set to sweat it out!
A.M. workouts can be quite a challenge in the beginning and require sincere dedication and intense motivation to keep them going. But once you in the groove, there is no stopping. For the two years during my college life, I worked out every morning regardless of the time of the year, the weather, the classes, assignments, tests and what have you. It had become an integral part of my day to an extent where I would plan other events around my workout schedule. To be honest, it worked tremendously for me as they used to be my best workouts. After a good night’s sleep, my body would be well-rested, rejuvenated and completely ready to push harder compared to other times of the day. In a way I would get most out of my AM workouts with the same time spent, high powered workout and way more calories burned. Throughout the rest of my day I would have an extra oomph in my body, be super attentive in classes and highly productive at work. Morning workouts had the potential of creating such high amount of positive energy that it would flow through different aspects of my life. The other great advantage was that after a hard day at school and work and being completely exhausted, coming back home knowing that I don’t have to hit the gym later would be a massive relief. I could simply relax the rest of the evening and get to have some “me” time.
Now let’s get into the scientific reason behind the efficiency of a morning workout. When you up bright and early, the glycogen and glucose which provide energy for your workouts, are somewhat depleted. So, the fat stores in your body are mobilized and forced to burn. After a great aerobic workout, your metabolism is cranked up and stays like that for a while post workout. So one can make the best use of the “after burn” only with a morning workout and burn way more calories throughout the day, compared to an evening one, after which one plans to go into the slumber mode.
Here’s a great article which talks about the effects of a morning workout and the kinds of workout one could engage in to jump-start the metabolism.