Wake Up to the Treadmill!
Ever feel tired and sluggish through the day? I do, a lot. I’m a very unmotivated and lazy person, I’ll admit it. But, I force myself (or my workout partner forces me to do it), and the best way I’ve found to keep my energy up through the day, was to do something unorthodox … creative … original.
OK, so it may not be any of those things but it does keep my metabolism high through the day. I feel a lot more energetic, and less likely to procrastinate. By now you’re probably tired of hearing me talk about my day, and want to know what I do! Well, it’s pretty simple. When I wake up, I try my best to hop on the treadmill right after I wake up. I roll over, through my cell phone against the wall for waking me up, then smack my alarm clock which goes off about 30 seconds later … and by now, I’m out of bed good and mad.
I grab my water from the fridge, throw back some green tea caps, ALRI Venom, and some cayenne pepper extract and hit the treadmill. I’m a firm believer in low-impact, high-intensity cardio. I crank the incline all the way up (15% grade on mine), and walk at a brisk pace. I worked up .1 mph every day until I was at a comfortable pace (which is 4.5mph for me, any faster and I feel like I’m jogging), and do this for at least 45 minutes.
I’ll be writing more on the topic, but the basic theory behind this is that the body takes about 20 minutes to burn it’s first-supply of glycogen (sugar). This comes from the liver, after that has been used, the body starts converting fat into energy. This is what sheds the pounds, and takes the waistline down. When you do this right after waking up, on an empty stomach, the body will skip right past the liver (as it used that energy to sustain life while sleeping) and start converting fat stores.
If I happened to lose you through that, I’m sorry. Basically … your body starts burning fat FASTER when you do cardio after waking up and on an empty stomach, then it would if you hopped on treadmills after having even a simple meal! Aim for more than 30 minutes to really make your cardio session effective, and work at a brisk comfortable pace.