HOW TO START WORKING OUT IN THE MORNING
How to start working out in the morning when you’re not a morning person by nature? 8 top tips to help you become an early gym goer
In order to have the energy to get through your morning workout session, be sure to choose proper pre-workout fuel. Not everyone likes to eat when rising however, we need to definitely rehyrdrate right away as we often wake up dehydrated and in a fasting mode. Something light that will sit well without weighing you down like a piece of fruit combined with a little protein will do the trick! To avoid feeling light headed from a sugar rush (which will happen if you only have the fruit), mix the half a cup of fruit with half a cup of plain Greek yogurt and a tablespoon or two of hemp or chia seeds. This balanced mini meal can be made the day before and doubled, This would give you a snack before the workout and then equally as important, you’ll have some after as well so the body doesn’t store fat or worse yet, burn muscle. This can happen if we don’t refuel with something light (or your full breakfast) right after any workout. Another great idea is a chia pudding or overnight oats. There’s many great recipes online. For an extra boost of energy, include plain coconut water (avoid sweetened kinds as the sugar in the fruit is enough and controllable). It’s full of natural electrolytes. You might even want to try adding some, along with a few slices of your favourite citrus fruit, to your water and sip throughout the workout. Be sure to avoid processed sugars which are often packed into “healthy” energy, protein and granola bars or shakes. We love Daryl’s High Performance bars as they have only a handful of healthy, pronounceable ingredients and they’re easily digestible. They’re available at the front desk at a price that can’t be beat either!
If a shake or smoothie, is your morning go-to, get all your ingredients ready to go the night before. Just turn on your blender, sip and go! Be sure again, that you have a source of protein in there with your fruit and other ingredients so you’ll not just be able to make it through your workout session, you’ll have the building blocks to get the most out of it (and that translates to the best results)! If you’re using protein powders, read labels carefully and choose one that has fewer ingredients and mix it up by experimenting with some of the plant based ones out there which can be more easily digested. I rotate my protein sources for this reason