Early morning workouts

  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jan 09, 2016 12:59 PM GMT
    Just wanted other opinions regarding doing cardio first thing in the morning. On a video I posted recently, it was stated that you burn more calories if you do cardio first thing in the morning, the theory being that at that time of the day your body will immediately burn stored fat. Does anyone else follow this, and have you seen good results from it?
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    Jan 09, 2016 1:34 PM GMT
    I workout early because it's convenient... At like 3, 4 or 5 am. That way I would have plenty of time before work. Also, I know I'd pussy out every time if I tried to do it after work. Oh the gym is busy, oh I'm too tired, blah blah.

    That bit about extra caloric burn is a good plus, tho icon_wink.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 09, 2016 2:46 PM GMT
    I've been doing a "morning cardio" workout on most days since 2002 (in some format). It isn't my main workout of the day, which comes late afternoon/ early evening. I like stretches, push ups, some step cardio and some basic weight training. It really gives me a good attitude and I like how I feel as I start my day.
  • oldfart

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    Jan 09, 2016 3:23 PM GMT
    Hub & I bike for an hour daily, in the warmer half of the year at sunrise. In the desert summer when it's 90F at sunrise, that's the only option. Feels great and gets the off the a great start.
  • southernscot

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    Jan 09, 2016 3:58 PM GMT
    That's exactly why I don't workout in the morning...and also I'm not waking up at 4am. Even on the weekend I want to make sure I have enough stored energy before my workouts that my body doesn't eat my gains.
  • Amira

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    Jan 09, 2016 4:25 PM GMT
    I do a morning yoga session and I have compared it to when I do it in the afternoon/evening. A morning work out is going to give you energy throughout the day and naturally you burn calories through the day so you are also boosting that.

    Thing is when I wake up I'm very stiff, so I have to motivate myself. icon_mad.gif
  • leanandclean

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    Jan 09, 2016 7:15 PM GMT
    Might work great for many but I need large amounts of sleep to recover and already go to bed very early.
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    Jan 10, 2016 12:27 AM GMT
    I work out in the mornings (6am). This includes lifting and running because I'd make up some excuse not to work out if I waited till after work. And I'm a morning person so I don't mind it
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    Jan 10, 2016 3:49 AM GMT
    I am not a morning person.lol
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    Jan 10, 2016 6:18 AM GMT
    Tried it years ago, maybe I was doing it all wrong at 5 AM, but got hurt, pulled muscles, felt like i was going backwards, probably wasn't ever fully awake, hated it. Just feels better and seems to work better for me to go after work.
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    Jan 10, 2016 6:46 AM GMT
    leanandclean saidMight work great for many but I need large amounts of sleep to recover and already go to bed very early.

    Yes, and you need also to take something to keep your muscles not being destroyed during the cardio. I am doing it this way and no problems.
  • badbug

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    Jan 10, 2016 8:06 AM GMT
    I wake up, down a whey protein and wait 30 minutes. Then i go for my run.

    Or, i wake up, down a whey protein, eat a plain potato and a banana or some berries, wait an hour and head to the gym.

    I read a few studies that say lifting weights before you consume dietary fat leads to an increase in growth hormone levels, a pretty massive one actually. So i always make sure i don't eat any fats until after i workout, which is hard, so that's why i always lift first thing if possible.

    I haven't read anything scientific about the benefits of running first thing, other than i know so many people that do it... that i trust to know their shit. So i've always done it myself and it helps me to get cardio out of the way. I like lifting weights, i don't really enjoy running until i am actually out there doing it.
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    Jan 10, 2016 9:04 AM GMT
    I struggle to do workouts early in the morning. That may be age related! I am hearing a lot recently about training without having taken any calories on board before hand. I am not sure I understand the physiology behind this. I was taught that to train effectively you need to get some calories on board about an hour beforehand.
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    Jan 10, 2016 11:16 AM GMT
    Mornings are the only way to go for me when it comes to running and swimming. Getting ready to head out shortly.
  • rdberg1957

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    Jan 11, 2016 5:19 AM GMT
    I play tennis indoors before work 2-3 days/week for 60-90 minutes. My mood is very good afterwards. I play racquetball and lift weights on Saturday morning. I don't know about the calorie burn. I started counting carbs. We shall see how that combination works. This is not first thing in the morning for me. I start at 830am or 9 during the week and 10 on Saturdays.
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    Jan 16, 2016 9:14 PM GMT
    Gosh ChicagoSteve you're probably much fitter than me, I take ages to rev up in the mornings my eyes and the rest of me awakens to exercise in the afternoon or evening. icon_cool.gif
  • nicelyproport...

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    Jan 22, 2016 2:25 PM GMT
    My typical morning routine:

    1. Wake up.
    2. Drink coffee and do an hour or so of work.
    3. Run 7 miles or hit the gym.
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    Jan 25, 2016 4:59 AM GMT
    I'm someone who has been working out for a long time, going back to my undergrad years. I've worked out early, late and mid day. I incorporate cardio and weights, and other days - swimming laps (1000 yards). I honestly can't think of which is better - which time slot. The one thing I DO like about working out in the mornings is this: I feel a nice burn for the rest of the day. Whereas if I work out and night and go home and sleep, I miss the burn.
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jan 26, 2016 1:21 AM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidI'm someone who has been working out for a long time, going back to my undergrad years. I've worked out early, late and mid day. I incorporate cardio and weights, and other days - swimming laps (1000 yards). I honestly can't think of which is better - which time slot. The one thing I DO like about working out in the mornings is this: I feel a nice burn for the rest of the day. Whereas if I work out and night and go home and sleep, I miss the burn.


    What I also like about morning workouts is you get them done, and over. Then you can concentrate on the rest of the day. Right now, I have more free time job wise then normally. Today, I went to the gym at 11am and did lap swimming, then came back at 5pm for a spin class. I really like the instructor who does the evening spin class, so I split my workout today.
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jan 26, 2016 1:53 AM GMT
    FitLondoner2016 saidGosh ChicagoSteve you're probably much fitter than me, I take ages to rev up in the mornings my eyes and the rest of me awakens to exercise in the afternoon or evening. icon_cool.gif


    At least you are still moving and doing something. I am a big coffee person, I have to have coffee in the morning or I can't wake up. Once I have my Java, even if it is 530am, I am good to go.icon_biggrin.gif