You Burn More Fat
A Japanese study found that fat oxidation occurs when you work out before eating breakfast. Not only do you oxidize more fat molecules, you reduce your risk for Type 2 diabetes. Exercising before you eat has been found to mimic the fasting state and can help kick start weight loss. If you have low blood sugar, or need to eat something, try a banana or a small energy bar 10 minutes before you start sweating.
Movement has proven to be a guaranteed boost of energy, something we all need when we start our day, right? What's more, exercising first thing in the morning has been shown to improve focus and mental abilities all day long. Not only will you feel more alert and have more energy after your workout, but your mind will be calm and ready to take on the challenges of the day. A recent study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that starting your day with exercise improves your overall attention, visual learning and decision-making.
Manage Your Stress
I don't have to tell you how often afternoon workouts get pushed because we “don't have time.” That only produces more stress and feelings of letting ourselves down. People who exercise in the morning regularly report feeling more empowered and all around better about their work-life balance. Morning exercise practically guarantees that you start the day on the positive note.