When is the best time to exercise? According to nutritional guru Dr. Mercola, try first thing in the morning:
A new study suggests that exercising in the morning, before eating, can significantly lessen the ill effects of a poor holiday diet.
Researchers recruited healthy, active young men and fed them a bad diet for six weeks. A group of them that exercised before breakfast gained almost no weight and showed no signs of insulin resistance. What’s more, they burned the fat they were taking in more efficiently.
According to the New York Times:
“… [W]orking out before breakfast directly combated the two most detrimental effects of eating a high-fat, high-calorie diet. It also helped the men avoid gaining weight.”
I’m not sure about the “before eating” advice. Dr. Mercola goes on to write how a protein shake (his company sells a whey protein product) may be the best alternative.
I do know it is hard to exercise with low blood sugar.
I have always believed exercising in the am is a good idea. Experts seem to agree it helps raise your metabolism and burn more calories throughout the day.
So when do I exercise? At night, after my evening meal! I walk the dog and then lift weights or use the tread-mill or exercycle while watching TV. Not ideal, but it works for me.
The important thing is to exercise regularly. This is especially true for cancer patients. Get plenty of sleep and exercise daily. Not an easy combination given our busy modern lives. But a worthwhile goal, nonetheless.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat