Thursday, December 2, 2010

3 Reasons to Workout in the Morning

1. Wake up! Its morning and time to jumpstart your metabolism by giving your body the correct nutrients and doing a morning workout. Getting your workout done in the AM starts your day with a positive productive outlook that carries on throughout the day. This feeling is due to chemicals being released in your brain during working out such as adrenaline which is defined as:

Adrenaline: a hormone secreted by the adrenal medulla upon stimulation by the central nervous system in response to stress, as anger or fear, and acting to increase heart rate, blood pressure, cardiac output, and carbohydrate metabolism.

*picture on the left shows one of the two adrenal medulla glands which release adrenaline and are located immediately anterior to the kidneys, beneath the peritoneum.*  

2. Waking up early and working out also gets your heart pumping a larger amount of blood throughout your body which will help keep your circulatory system clean and healthy. When you work your muscles causing them to require more oxygen, your heart works harder to supply your muscles with oxygen from your red blood cells. Thus you reach your THR (Target Heart Rate) for optimal fat burning intensity levels.

3.  Starting your day with a solid workout will peak your metabolism first thing in the morning which will cause your body to burn more calories throughout the day. When you work out at night it may make it more difficult to sleep at night because your body released endorphins into your system which is defined as:

Endorphin: One of the body's own painkillers, an opioid (morphine-like) chemical produced by the body that serves to suppress pain.

Endorphins are manufactured in the brain, spinal cord, and many other parts of the body. They are released in response to neurotransmitters and bind to certain neuron receptors (the same ones that bind opiate medicines). Endorphins act as analgesics (diminishing the perception of pain) and as sedatives.
Chemically, endorphins are peptides (amino acid chains that are shorter than proteins) and they are rapidly inactivated by enzymes called peptidases.

The main benefit to working out in the morning over the afternoon is that you peak your metabolism early which carries on throughout the day burning more calories. Also causing your body to function more efficiently and healthy.  Remember, when you workout and get sore, its because your microscopically tearing your muscles down. Then when your muscles are repairing themselves getting stronger, your body burns through more calories even when your sleeping!!

Metabolism = Muscle!!!
1lb of muscle burns 50 calories per day @ Rest!!!

Have a great day and start those workouts first thing when you wake up!! Psychosomatic is ready to train and start you on the right path so contact us today for your complimentary fitness assessment!!

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