Exercising early in the morning is a great way to start the day, but this habit also carries many health risks.
Exercising in the early morning with exercises such as walking, cycling, yoga… can provide energy, increase concentration and lift the spirit for a long day. Despite its various benefits, exercising early in the morning (3-5am) can also cause a few health problems below.
Increased risk of cardiovascular disease
Early morning exercise can be dangerous for older people with high blood pressure. Blood pressure tends to increase spontaneously within the first two hours of waking up. The study, published in the American Heart Association’s website, found that people with high blood pressure were at a higher risk of having a stroke. Patients with high blood pressure should not exercise too early, choose an appropriate time such as afternoon or late in the day.
People with diabetes need to be especially careful with early morning exercise. This is a very easy time for blood sugar to drop, especially if you haven’t eaten breakfast before exercising. The American Diabetes Association recommends that people with low blood sugar should have a scientific exercise plan, supplement insulin doses or have a snack before exercise to ensure blood sugar levels are at a safe level. This is also a way to help the body feel comfortable during exercise, especially in the early morning when the body is gradually recovering from a long night.
Exercising early, especially without breakfast, may not be good for people who are looking for an intense workout. Muscles work best when they are supplied with enough carbohydrates (starches). Waking up after a night of not eating, the body is in a state of lack of energy, water and carbohydrates. Exercising right away will cause the muscles to work to store fat, causing the muscles to become slower. If you’re planning an intense and productive workout, snack on a carbohydrate-rich snack 15 to 30 minutes before your workout to fuel your muscles.
In addition to the above risks, early morning exercise also makes the body feel dizzy, faint, and muscle spasms. It can be caused by low blood sugar, dehydration, or both. Exercising as soon as you wake up will prevent the supply of energy and water to the body. Therefore, take the time to drink enough water and snack to fuel your body, keeping you steady during your workout.
Although exercising early in the morning is not necessarily good, there are no specific recommendations about the ideal time to exercise. The best time to exercise is when the body really feels ready and comfortable whether in the morning, afternoon or evening.
Bao Bao (Follow Livestrong)