Cardio Workouts Best in Morning?
The fact that bodybuilders do a cardio workout almost every day is fantastic. Any time you can schedule your cardio workout to achieve an aerobics activity is beneficial. I came across an article that tells bodybuilders and others that the best time to work out for fat loss is the first thing in the morning.
But don’t stop working out if can’t do it in the morning. The times I work out (in order of choices) are lunch time, before dinner or after dinner or right before I go to bed. Mornings don’t work for me because I have a daughter, my husband leaves early in the morning for work and can’t leave her home alone yet.
According to this article, first thing in the morning is the best time to work out and lose fat because your stomach is empty, and you burn stored fat and calories. If you do it later in the day after eating a meal or two, your body would only burn the recent meals not the fat on the body. It something to think about next time you schedule a cardio workouts.
When you do a cardio workout, it’s important that you hit your percentage of your maximum heart rate (MHR). The reason you do a cardio workout is to properly exercise your heart. The goal is to achieve between 60 and 80 percent of your MHR. Calculating your MHR is not very hard to do. You just need to know your math. All you have to do is subtract your age from 220. That means if you’re 30 years old, your MHR is 190 beats a minute (220-30=190). At 60 percent, this comes to 114, and 80 percent, it comes to 152. Therefore, if you want to enhance your aerobic fitness while doing cardio exercise, you need to aim to get your heart rate between 114 and 152 beats a minute.
Sure doing your cardio workout first thing in the morning is most beneficial for fat loss and designing the body for bodybuilding. But if you can’t do the cardio first thing in the morning, then schedule your aerobic activity when you can and keep at the aerobic schedule of almost every day with your attention on your MHR.