Cardio training should be included in everyone’s journey towards fat loss. Cardio can be fun, and sometimes it can be just dreadful. People perform cardio many different times during the day. Some perform it in the morning, some at lunchtime, some after a workout, and some just before heading to bed. So when is the best time out of all these? Performing cardio on an empty stomach can burn 300% more fat than if you were to perform cardio in a non-fasted state. If you were to consume carbohydrates prior to cardio you would have to bust it out for 30 minutes before all the glycogen stores are burned and begin to burn fat.
You want to burn the stored fat because that is the fat that you see directly under the skin. If you are eating a deficit of calories during the day your body will handle those calories by itself. Also, another benefit is the accelerated fat burning after the cardio session. Some people wait 30 minutes after a cardio session to eat their first meal. Another benefit is that it gives you a sense of accomplishment for the rest of the day. If you were to wait all day knowing that you had to fit in a cardio session some time during that day you wouldn’t feel that accomplished for the most part of the day, would you?
Do you know what the main problem with performing cardio in the morning on an empty stomach is? There isn’t much motivation when you wake up and don’t eat. So here are some things you can do to get the motivation to perform cardio in the morning:
- Have a cup of coffee. Coffee doesn’t have any calories so it’s fine to have a cup of joe before doing cardio.
- Set goals. By setting goals you know you will be disappointed if you don’t reach them – so you will get out of bed, and hit the treadmill.
- Read something motivating. Reading motivational material will help you can be excited, and help you get focused.
- Listen to music that motivates you. I usually try to find a few songs that really get me motivated, and listen to them first – that really gets me going.
Most of you might say “Oh well, I’m not a morning person”. Sure then, but don’t be disappointed when you don’t see the results you desire. I was never a morning person either, but once you start getting into a routine your body will start getting used to it just like everything else. Even though I’m not a morning person I just get up anyway. I know the effort will be worth it. Getting down below the 10% body fat level is a hard thing to do, and requires effort such as waking up when you don’t want to. You’ll get in the groove after the first few weeks, and it will be second nature.