If you’re going to be doing your workouts first thing in the morning, it is extra important that you pay attention to these safety tips.
Getting in regular workouts is one of the most important things that you can be doing to improve your health and fitness level. In today’s busy times, however, this can be quite a challenge.
That’s why more and more people who are adopting the caveman lifestyle with their eating habits are turning to early morning workouts to make sure they get physical activity into place.
When you do your workouts first thing in the morning, there’s less of a chance that something else is going to crowd them out of your day.
That said, it’s vital that you do keep a few points in mind when doing these early morning workouts so that you can do so safely .
Perform a Longer Warm-Up
Early morning workouts should start with an extended warm-up. Take at least 15 minutes to get the blood flowing throughout the body in preparation for exercise.
Those who rush through their warm-ups are far more likely to experience injuries when their ligaments are still tight and stiff and have a greater chance of being strained or torn. Although a longer warm-up takes a bit more time, it will be well worth it in the end.
Take Care of Pre-Workout Nutrition
Many people postpone having breakfast until after their morning workout is done; eating is the last thing on their mind when getting out of bed. But in fact, fueling up is recommended before performing any type of intense physical activity.
Have some lean protein and a piece of fruit before starting your routine. This will give your body the nutrients it needs. A couple hundred calories is sufficient, and it only takes a few minutes to get it in..
Add Warm-Up Weight Lifting Sets
Another aspect to include in your early morning workout session is some warm-up weight lifting. Rather than jumping right into the usual weight lifting exercises you have scheduled, include one warm-up set performed with a lighter weight.
This will ensure that you’re muscles are ready for the contractions that they’ll be doing and that you can lift the most weight possible when it comes time to doing your set.
If you keep these three tips in mind as you go about your early morning workouts, you should have no problem seeing the results that you are going for while staying safe and at your best.
Alfablue, September 2013