Finding Energy for a Morning Workout
By Donna Kostiew
Are you the type of person who can roll out of bed and get a full workout in before the sun even has a chance to wake up? Or are you the type of person who wishes you were that type of person? I have plenty of friends that get up before the crack of dawn and are posting their workout accomplishments on social media before many others are even getting the chance to hit the snooze button. What’s the difference? How can some people achieve their personal bests in the morning while others feel as if they are sleepwalking during their entire workout?
Sources of Energy for Your Morning Workouts
Go to any nutritional store or health food section at the market and you will be able to see that there are more choices than you can imagine that promise to give you all the energy you need. Some of these are expensive, some may seem complicated, but getting the energy you need shouldn’t be either of those two. Here are some natural and simple ways to get your body moving in the early morning hours before you work out.
- Coffee – One of the easiest and most effective energy drinks that we all probably have in our home is coffee. A cup of black coffee before your leave to exercise will give you enough energy to stay focused and motivated through your workout. For an even quicker departure in the morning, make some iced coffee the night before.
- Oatmeal - Carbohydrates are the body’s primary source of energy, and they're not as bad as people tend to believe. Whole grains such as oatmeal are absorbed slower, which delivers a longer-lasting boost of energy. Oats also contain the vitamins that work together to help your body metabolize its energy.
- Yogurt - For a quick boost of energy that is just as easy as coffee, grab yourself some yogurt on the way out the door. Yogurt is great for energy and also has a good amount of protein. It’s a perfect choice.
- Banana - A banana is an ideal pre-workout food and is often thought to provide more energy than caffeine does. It is filling enough to keep you satisfied for up to an hour and delivers enough energy to get you through most types of workouts. Bananas also help keep blood sugar levels stable during strenuous exercise.
- Hard-boiled egg – A hardboiled egg is packed with nutrients and if already cooked, peeled, and ready-to-go, it is one of the easiest bits of food to grab in the morning. This is an excellent choice that will keep you full enough to finish your workout, yet won’t take up too much room in your stomach.
Stop hitting the snooze button and stop wishing you were somebody else. These simple choices will give you enough energy to get you through your morning workout without that fuzzy-brain feeling.
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