What Time Of Day Should I Work Out?

By Dr. Aaron Sparks

Your New Year’s Resolution should include more exercise! Below we’ll look at a few benefits of regular exercise and ways you can get started.

It’s a new year.  January calls many back to a workout routine for the first time in months.  On average only one in three Americans exercise regularly, but this month that number annually increases.[1. J Physiol. 2010 Nov. 1: 588: 4289-302. Training in the fasted state improves glucose tolerance during fat-rich diet.]   So to help you this year, remember this:  When you exercise may have as much to do with your results and reaching your goals as much as anything else.

Fact: Exercising first thing in the morning gives optimal benefit! 

There are two huge benefits of exercising first thing in the morning:

   It gets done!  Obstacles get in the way as the day goes on, and many put off exercise for other responsibilities.

2.    The benefits of exercising before your first meal of the day are numerous.

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Physiology, working out on an empty stomach puts your body at a huge advantage. The report concluded that participants who exercised in a fasting state, or with no food, helped them burn fat and become more resistant to weight gain.  Other participants of the study did not see the same results.  In fact, those who ate a carbohydrate rich breakfast and exercised later actually gained weight instead of becoming weight loss resistant.[2. Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2009, table 29.]

One of the explanations for how this fat burning process occurs involves your nerve system.  More specifically, your sympathetic nerve system controls all fat burning.  The sympathetic nerve system is activated by exercise and lack of food. Additionally, it’s been shown that working out this way will improve the secretion of good hormones – just like our Maximized Living type of exercise is designed to already do.

A small percentage of people may experience negative symptoms including dizziness, nausea, or fatigue from working out on an empty stomach. When starting this routine, it may be necessary to eat something small before a workout.

Along with exercising first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, the right type of exercise is just as important.  Start exercising smarter, not longer.  Maximized Living doctors are trained in cutting edge information on the right type of exercise – pure surge training, also known as burst training.  Not only is it the right type of exercise to lose weight, it also takes literally minutes to do.

Exercising and the right type of exercise routine is only one piece of the puzzle when losing weight.  Register for the upcoming Maximized Living Makeover on January 15th in your area to learn more about this type of exercise.  You can also go to your Maximized Living doctor’s website and watch about Surge Training.