If you are just beginning a workout routine, you may have heard that an early morning workout will help you boost your metabolism and burn more calories throughout the day. But, what if you just can’t get yourself to exercise in the mornings? Ideally, the best time to workout is when it works within YOUR schedule. If you are an early riser and enjoy the quiet streets as you take your morning walk, then this is the perfect time for you to schedule your exercise in to your day. However, if you are a night owl and can barely manage a cup of coffee in the morning, let alone a workout, you may want to schedule your workout in the mid-afternoon when you have the most energy. The truth is that you will get a boost in your metabolism whenever you workout, and that boost can last up to several hours depending on your exercise intensity, your fitness level and your body composition. More importantly, if you are looking to boost your metabolism in the mornings, the best way to do that is to eat breakfast within 30-60 minutes of waking. You can find research that supports eating a high protein breakfast as well as a high complex carbohydrate breakfast to aid in increased metabolism. The one thing that is clear is that breakfast is still the most important meal of the day!

The overall BEST way to increase your metabolism is to engage in weight bearing, strength training exercises at least three times per week. These strength training sessions should include multi-joint exercises such as squats, lunges, pull-ups, rows, and push-ups. These exercises should be the included in some combination in each workout. Maintaining a weight that is heavy enough for you to fatigue within 8-12 repetitions will give you the best results. Repeat those exercises until you have completed three sets of each exercise. Once you are done with your strength training routine, you can include short, high intensity bursts of cardio; such as 10 sets of 30 second sprints (using a stationary bike, rowing machine, treadmill or running track). This type of training will increase metabolism and increase fat loss regardless of when you decide to train.

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