Originally Posted by Connemara
Did/does anyone find it hard to start working out on a regular basis in the AM? I think it's the only time of day to I'm able to work out; I've tried in the evenings but there is just zero motivation after work.
Any tips on morning workouts? Is it wise to have a cup of coffee and a snack beforehand? Ultimately I think it will come down to just doing it and creating a routine.
In a short time, you'll crave the morning workout. You'll hardly be able to sleep, and want to get up super early to get started. Mornings are better because your muscles are well rested and fully charged with carbos, the streets are empty of traffic, and the pollution is at its lowest. In California, it also helps that the temperature is at its lowest and the humidity is at its highest.
Water only. If you take any calories, your body will get off fasting metabolism and will stop burning fats. This makes it really difficult for your body to switch to aerobic metabolism. You'll have plenty of sugar stored in your liver and brain to feed the aerobic demand.
BTW, don't work out every day. Every third day is best. It takes 48+ hours for your muscles to repair after a workout. Repetitive, daily workouts are injuries waiting to happen.