Boosting your metabolism first thing in the morning has so many benefits...it can help elevate your mood, improve the rest of the day by maximizing fat loss, clearing out toxins from the body and improving blood circulation. It increases natural immunity, giving you more energy and keeps you looking, and feeling, young.
It is critical to understand the WHY behind why your metabolism does what it does. Your metabolism is largely controlled by your thyroid, the butterfly shaped gland located in your throat, which literally is responsible for everything functioning correctly, and your body’s major fat buring “machinery” is muscle tissue.
Muscle is like a reservoir, a center for anti-aging hormones, and this is why people who tend to have more lean muscle on their frame, tend to age better. They also seem to recover and come back from injury faster as well. It acts as your body’s fat burning machinery because you burn a lot more calories just having it on your frame.
One of the biggest benefits of exercise is the EPOC, otherwise known as exercise post oxygen consumption. This means that you burn more calories throughout the day by exercising in the morning. This does not mean you cannot exercise in the afternoon or after work, and it will not be beneficial, but just a little in the morning to get your metabolism revved up goes a long way.
Early morning exercise ideas (depending on time)
*An hour - hit the gym, lift weights, do cardio
*30-45 min - yoga, quick run, jump rope
*4 min Tabata workout: examples:
*body weight squats
*rebounding on trampoline
A mini-tramp or jump board on a pilates reformer is phenomenal because not only is it low impact, but your cells are getting an impact that is significantly heavier than just walking around.
You are essentially “weightless” for a moment and it is making your cells - all the cells in your body and tissue matrix - doing little “push ups” and it is amazingly beneficial for your lymphatic system as well. (Tony Robbins does this before he takes the stage...he calls it the Health Bounce). The best thing about this kind of “jumping” or plyometric type exercise, is that it isn’t felt in your joints, it does not hurt your knees or back, it is fun and it is an awesome way to get a high intensity workout that is totally low impact!
There really is no excuse to not get a couple 4 minute bursts in!
Just do it...remember, you only have one, so ROCK THIS LIFE NOW!!