Not a morning person? Too bad. Research has proven that working out in the morning has multiple benefits – not just for your mind but your metabolism and training results, too.
So what’s all the fuss about fasted cardio? Fasted cardio in the AM is beneficial and effective because as you sleep and fast overnight, your body ‘saves’ its carb stores and moves towards utilising fat for fuel.
Alongside that, your body also breaks down amino acids into glucose overnight, so fasted morning cardio shreds more fat (win) and more amino acids for fuel. To ensure you don’t lose muscle on the journey to lean, just make yourself a protein shake post workout. You can find a great recipe for one in my earlier post.
HIIT training is the most effective fasted cardio you can do. Why? Because it leads to twice the total fat loss compared to steady cardio (i.e a morning jog). There’s no denying that steady cardio actually burns more calories at the time but HIIT burns calories during the workout AND for the rest of the day. This equals more calories and fat loss throughout an extended period rather than just in one workout.
The best thing about HIIT is that it’s literally 20 minutes of your time. Just set your alarm 30 minutes earlier. It’ll be worth it when you reap the rewards! Plus, you’ll feel much more energised, motivated and alert throughout the day at work.
Try 30 seconds on 30 seconds off using the following moves:
- mountain climbers
- jump squats
- bicycle crunches
- iron man sprints
Make sure you follow your HIIT workout with a nutritious breakfast – alongside the protein shake have eggs and spinach for maximum impact. I’m going through a phase of having two boiled eggs, spinach and fresh fruit!
Rise and grind, gurrrrrl!