How Morning Exercise Can Curb Cravings

June 28, 2012 at 10:44 am | Posted in Fitness, tips, Weight Loss, Weight Training | Leave a comment
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Morning exercise can start off your day like a good cup of coffee. It not only wakes up your muscles, but it wakes up your central nervous system including your brain. Working out your body first thing in the morning is equivalent to warming up a car engine on a cold winter day. The benefits include:

  • Circulation is enhanced.
  • Feel good endorphins are released.
  • Fat molecules are burned.

EPOC

EPOC stands for Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption. This basically means that depending on the intensity of your morning exercise, your body will continue burning calories for several hours afterward. Because your metabolism is revved up (just like those pistons firing in your car engine), food consumption is not needed. Therefore, cravings that may arise after a well-balanced breakfast are easier to stave off, enabling you to get through the morning and engage in a healthy, uncompromising afternoon lunch.

Reducing Cravings with Morning Exercise

It may be difficult to squeeze in a morning exercise routine, but take into account some of the advantages compared to an after work or evening workout.

  • Early Wake-Up: You rise earlier, which often gets you to bed earlier. Therefore, you get more sleep which helps not only with bodily reparation, but studies show that more sleep contributes to weight loss success.
  • No Night Eating: Evening cravings will dissipate if you get to bed early to stick to your morning exercise routine. If you are not awake to be bored enough to crave dreaded high calorie snacking, you will not gain weight.
  • Boosted Metabolism: A stimulated metabolism burns calories and contributes to EPOC. As EPOC works throughout the day, your cravings are pushed to the wayside.
  • No Chance of Missing a Workout: Working out in the morning guarantees that you will not get sidetracked during the day and miss an afternoon or evening routine. When others are running to the gym after work, you are sitting down for a healthy meal having reduced your cravings throughout the day due to your morning exercise.

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