Sunday, March 1, 2009

Workout in the Morning

The best time to workout might be in the morning, but not because you burn more fat...

Back when I trained clients full time, I always wondered what possessed my CEO clients to get up at 5am and workout. Couldn't they at least wait till 7 or 8?

But as I've grown older, and busier, it's easy to see why folks want to workout in the morning.

First, it gets the workout done before other people and problems can get in the way. Plus, recent research shows that you will have a better workout when you are "mentally fresh".

In a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, Welsh researchers put subjects through a cardio workout to exhaustion after one of two mental tasks.

Reference: J Appl Physiol 106: 857-864, 2009.

The first task was cognitively demanding and caused mental fatigue. The second task was a control task, and simply required watching neutral documentaries.

Results showed the mental fatiguing task significantly reduced the amount of exercise the subjects could do. The subjects simply tired out much quicker if their minds were already fatigued.

If you want to get more results in less time, you are better off doing your workout when you are mentally fresh.

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS


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