Ideal time for exercise

Ideal time for exercise

Published May 29, 2020, 7:19 p.m. by Jagdeep singh

When you wake up in the morning, your glycogen stores are slightly depleted because you're in a fasted state, having not eaten for several hours.

This has several implications. Fat oxidation increases, but ability to resistance train decreases because of low glycogen. The significance of this is that cardio at a lower heart rate (~60%) in the morning will allow you to burn a higher percentage of fat for energy, keep you energetic all day, and anecdotally raise your metabolism throughout the day. Fasted cardio has also been shown to be more beneficial in staving off fat gain in a caloric surplus than cardio after a meal, even when calories are held constant http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20837645 (possibly because it does a better job increasing insulin sensitivity).

Doing a yoga workout first thing in the morning on an empty stomach is going to go a long way in ensuring the weight loss and toning you are looking for.