5 Big Benefits of Morning Workouts

As I sit here, procrastinating my morning workout, I ponder all of the reasons that I should get up and get moving. I have no doubt that I’ll feel 1,000 times better when it’s done. What is it about a good morning workout that makes us feel superhuman, anyway? Actually, quite a lot…

  1. Exercise awakens us in the best possible way – blood pumping, brain working, body moving. Your energy level will be higher and you’re less likely to hit that mid-day slump, even hours after you sweat. Endorphins are a beautiful thing and can make or break a productive, rewarding, enjoyable day. So, lace up those sneakers and move! And, make sure it’s a workout that you actually enjoy to reap double benefits, mentally and physically.
  2. Burn ALL day. Thanks to EPOC, (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) the body works extra hard to restore and rebuild muscles, increasing metabolism for up to 14 hours post-workout! So, hit it hard for at least 30 minutes and burn more calories for more hours!
  3. Start the day on the right foot. Completing a morning workout will empower you to tackle the rest of your day head on, tackling your to-do list like a champ. Just as you accomplished that workout and crush your fitness goals, you’ll crush your life goals too.
  4. Food is fuel. Your post-workout meal will be used to replenish your muscles and provide you with lasting energy. Had you rolled out of bed, had a big breakfast, and sat at your desk all day, that meal would more likely be stored somewhat as fat instead of fuel. Your body is a machine – keep it moving, keep it fueled, and it will continue to operate well for you.
  5. Sleep better. Not only will you wake up and metabolize food more efficiently, you’ll also wind down and sleep deeper at night. Working out in the evening will awaken your mind and body and can put your body in a state of stress, setting you up for a night of tossing and turning. Following a morning workout, your body (and mind) can rest peacefully and wake up to do it again the next day.

Of course, if you work out in the morning, it’s DONE for the day, a weight off your shoulders…but is it such a bad thing to workout later in the day?? You know what they say: “you’ll never regret a workout.” If you’re not a morning person or cannot fit it into your AM schedule, get it done on your own time because something is better than nothing. To maximize benefits and feel healthier all-around; however, I highly recommend incorporating a few morning workouts into your weekly schedule. If you’ve never been a morning exerciser, start now and you’ll form a new healthy habit in just a few weeks. It’s not black and white, either, you don’t have to do a class or get to the gym. Even just 15-20 minutes of morning yoga in your pajamas or walking to work in the morning will make a difference. PLUS, you’re less likely to skip, cancel, or rush your fitness routine in the morning. Speaking of which, I’m off to workout…why? See #’s 1-5 above!

One Healthy Breakdown: no excuses this morning, get it done!

Step It Up

Let’s step it up. Move more. Burn more. Sweat more. Sit less. Feel good.

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  • Take the stairs
  • Park far away
  • Trade the car for the bike
  • Get a jump rope
  • Do the yard work
  • Jog with your dog
  • Laugh a lot
  • Wash your car
  • Play some ball
  • Clean the house
  • Play outside
  • Rearrange the furniture
  • Go for a hike
  • Sit up straight
  • Cook a meal
  • Just dance
  • Do the dishes
  • Walk the farmer’s market or grocery store

One Healthy Hamptons: ready, set, step it up!

 

November Thigh Abductor Challenge

Lets burn those thighs before the turkey! This months challenge will burn some serious pre-holiday calories and tone both inner and outer thighs. Plus, it’s another one you can do while catching up on your DVR! To perform the thigh abductor, just lie on one side with your bottom elbow bent and head resting on bottom hand. Leave bottom leg straight on the floor and bend top knee so that knee is pointing up and foot is on flat floor. You’ll be working bottom (straight) leg by lifting it straight up in the air to a 45 degree angle, tapping it lightly on the floor in between. Use your glute and thigh muscles to keep hips and upper body stable while you lift and lower bottom leg. Just save, print, or pin the image below and take on the challenge, you’ll be thankful that you did!November Abductor ChallengeOne Healthy Breakdown: trim the thighs before we trim the turkey!

Best Metabolism Boosters

Image-1(5)Metabolism. We all have it. Some faster. Some slower. Metabolism is the rate at which we burn energy, aka the rate at which we burn calories. Though our individual metabolism is largely determined by our health and genetics, here are a few ways to boost metabolism…aka burn more calories…in less time. Aha, now you’re paying attention! Try these simple tips:

Hydration. How many times do I have to say it; drink up. Water, water, water! Sparkling water, lemon water, tea, and hydrating smoothies all count! Here’s how much water you really need.

Exercise. Move your body. While cardio definitely burns calories, strength training exercises boost metabolism for hours after the workout is complete. Also, the more muscle mass you have, the more calories your body burns. Find what you love, switch it up, and work those muscles. Varying your workouts also causes muscle confusion and prevents boredom and plateau.

FullSizeRenderSleep. The body can’t metabolize food effectively without adequate sleep. 8 hours, people. Read all about why you snooze, you lose here.

Eat. Yes, eating (and digesting) burns calories and boosts metabolism. Breakfast is key as it literally breaks the fast that our body undergoes overnight. Not only is it important to eat throughout the day, there are also quite a few foods that are known for their boosting power.

FullSizeRender_1One Healthy Breakdown: boost a bit to burn more!