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Should You Exercise Before Breakfast?

By Stepy Kamei

If you exercise regularly -- or you want to exercise regularly -- you may assume that exercising in the morning before heading to work or starting your day is the best time to get this important health habit taken care of. It certainly makes sense to fit in a run or time at the gym before the day gets too busy. However, you may have been wondering whether it's better to get your exercise taken care of before eating breakfast, or after doing so. It turns out healthcare experts and fitness professionals have also wondered this very same thing. Keep on reading to learn more about their findings and how you can structure your mornings for optimal health success and benefits!

Why You Should Consider Exercising Before Breakfast

It's important to first make it clear that, generally speaking, any exercise is better than no exercise at all. To that end, if it's easier for you in terms of timing to exercise after eating rather than before eating, you shouldn't be discouraged form doing that.

Still, it's worth taking a look at a recent study which advocated for exercising before eating breakfast. The study revealed that people who exercised before breakfast burned twice as much fat as those who waited until after eating. This is due to the fact that, since the body had no fuel from food to burn during the workout, it instead burned stored carbs and then fat cells. This obviously led to a speedier process of burning fat.

This is exciting news for anyone who is looking to burn more fat at a faster rate during their workout sessions. Still, you should make sure you're eating after exercising since your body will need to be replenished after a workout. Some people mistake a healthy lifestyle for eating less, when this isn't necessarily helpful or healthy at all! A diet that's high in nutritional value is a key aspect of a healthy lifestyle and can even help with your weight loss goals. Be sure to stick with a breakfast that's high in protein and vitamins, while avoiding foods with large amounts of sugar, salt, and fat.

When You Should Eat Before Exercising

However, it's important to keep in mind that this strategy may not work best for everyone. For instance, if you experience low blood sugar or are pre-diabetic, it's more important that you eat consistently in order to keep your blood sugar at a healthy level. You can still exercise, but it would be best for you to do so after having enough fuel from a healthy meal first.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Durham, N.C.

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