early morning cardio

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I have mentioned before that when I get my butt out of bed early and get to the gym I ending up loving it. Today I was reminded just how much I enjoy getting up and doing my cardio in the morning. The Fatkid woke up around 6 and I heard him moving around so got up with him. We headed to the gym and did about 30 minutes of cardio, I would have stayed longer but he had to get home for work. As I was there, doing intervals on the stairmaster, I kept thinking about how much I actually enjoyed it. CRAZY. I KNOW! But hear me out…there are a few reasons why I really do love getting my cardio done in the early morning:

  • It is out of the way! For the rest of the day, I know I don’t have to do cardio (which I don’t really like).
  • It gives me more energy throughout my day with whatever I am doing, school, work, house stuff.
  • I am more productive because I am up early and not laying around in bed until a later hour.
  • It sets the tone for the rest of my day! The last thing I am going to do is not eat clean after I got my but out of bed before 7:00am.

There are a million different studies out there about what works best for burning fat: morning or night, breakfast or empty stomach, intervals or slow and steady, etc. Personally I just do what makes me feel good. I don’t usually eat breakfast because I am not hungry immediately when I wake up, but sometimes I will grab half a banana, and usually a cup of coffee. I always fill my water bottle with bcaas. And I usually do intervals on the stairmaster or treadmill on a 15 incline at 3.0-3.5 mph. Nothing too strenuous but just something to get my body moving and ready for the day. I don’t usually lift in the morning because I do much better when I lift in the afternoon – again, that’s just me. I have friends who are ready to go in the weight room at 5:30am – not me.

I’m curious to know how many of you do your workouts in the morning and what you do…breakfast? cardio or weights? do you notice you have more energy through the day?
Leave a comment and let me know :)