Mornings are perhaps the best time to exercise; training at this time means that your metabolism ignites, fat starts burning and pretty much everything needed to set you up for a successful day is kick started in an effective fashion.

It has been proven that the earlier your metabolism starts, the more fat your body is capable of burning throughout the day due to it getting a head start. Here’s a list of some of the most effective morning exercises to get your day started in the proper fashion.

Interval training

Interval training is fantastic for a number of reasons, one of the primary ones being its ability to burn fat over a sustained period of roughly 24 hours due to the oxygen deficiency it creates. Basically, your body ends up being in “debt” to the lungs, and needs to pay it back over a prolonged period. Interval training simply involves performing a certain exercise for a period of anywhere between 30-60 seconds at a moderate period, followed immediately by a 30-60 second high intensity period. This means that your heart rate is constantly elevating, then declining over a period of 15-20 minutes (that’s honestly as long as you need for interval cardio due to its high intensity nature.) As such, it takes up to 24 hours for it to regulate it self, all the while burning calories and melting fat. This one’s great for fitness too.

Steady state cardio

You can effectively ignite your metabolism and burn body fat by performing steady state cardiovascular activity too (also known as aerobic exercise.) In many ways, this training format is going to gel better with the majority of people due to the fact that it doesn’t demand a great deal of energy from the body at a time when, frankly, there isn’t going to be much available to begin with. Unlike interval training, steady state cardio is going to need to be performed for a period of roughly 45-60 minutes. This could be viewed as an inconvenience, or a gift; the great thing about it being a longer duration but low intensity is that it allows you to mentally conquer the day ahead before you even get to work. This training method is a great problem solver due to the mental space it provides, a great fat burner, and very accessible by most people unlike some of the higher intensity training types.


Or body weight exercises, in lay-mans terms. Calisthenics are a fantastic way to dive straight into exercise first thing in the morning without having to get to a gym or squeeze into running gear; they’re always available, easily accessible and can be used as part of a split body part routine in the same way you would train with free weights in a gym. Choose chest and Triceps exercises one day, back and bicep exercises another and leg exercises for the third day and you’ve got yourself a full body routine to hit every area. At the most you’d maybe need a home pull up bar and some suspension training straps, but these purchases are inexpensive and the cost is far outweighed by the benefits.

These training methods can be done at home, in the gym or pretty much anywhere else you choose. They’re effective, they help melt body fat, release toxins from the body and make your respiratory system tougher, healthier and stronger. It doesn’t matter which type you choose to do, just as long as you do something two to three times per week.

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