We get asked all the time, “What is the best time of day to work out?” Well, let me first preface my answer with this: working out period is best, no matter what time of day.
We live in an increasingly more sedentary society so if you are getting up and moving throughout the day and doing your BURST workout, we applaud you!
I can hear the audible groan from some of you. I know working out in the morning isn’t always fun. You may be one who stumbles out of bed 10 minutes before you’re supposed to leave, fluffs your hair a little, and grabs a piece of flavored dental floss as you’re running out the door to work (it sort of counts as brushing your teeth, right?). I have a friend (I won’t mention names) who says, “Don’t even talk to me in the morning unless I’ve had my coffee.”
If that’s you, I have good news, my friend. There is a way to get-up-and-go and not need 3 cups of coffee to do it. I’m not near the morning person my wife is. But once I understood what was physiologically happening inside my body in the wee hours of dawn, I became much more motivated to spring out of bed and stay committed to BURSTing first thing in the morning before eating.
Top Two Muscle Building Hormones
While you are sleeping the top 2 muscle building hormones – Human Growth Hormone and Testosterone – will rise to their highest levels of the day. But there’s a slight catch. They raise in direct proportion to the intensity you worked out at. In other words, the harder and more intense you work out in the daytime, during the night you’ll produce more HGH and testosterone. Not too bad of a deal since you can literally program your body to do this in just a few minutes of intense exercise a day.
These top two muscle-building hormones are essential for fat mobilization, they signals fat burning enzymes to kick in, and they aids in lean muscle mass development.
Why Work Out Before Eating Breakfast?
While you’re sleeping, your body has also been in a fasting mode. Breakfast is called such because it is “breaking the fast.” Eating breakfast wakes up your metabolism so to speak. It kicks it into gear and tells it to start burning what you just ate. We actually don’t want it to do that…at least not yet. We want our workout to be what wakes it up, tells it to burn any extra sugars in our body, and then for the rest of the day you’ll burn fat.
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So if you are able, hold off on eating anything until after your work out is complete. If you are desperate or get light headed on an empty stomach, eat half a banana or apple and make sure that you are hydrated properly.
So the moral of the story is this: Work out hard and work out early to burn maximum amounts of fat all day.