Time: 20 minutes
Did you know that you can burn fat and lose weight more efficiently, all before breakfast time? A study in the Journal of Applied Physiology has found that humans burn fat more easily from bicycling in a “fasted state”, meaning, on an empty stomach, rather than after fueling up on food.
This doesn’t mean that you should be doing all of your longest, hardest workouts when your stomach is grumbling. However, doing a light-to-medium intensity, 20-minute bike ride before breakfast can jumpstart your morning, and your weight loss goal.
Cody’s Before-Breakfast Cycling Workout:
- 5 minutes of warm up paced pedaling
- 5 minutes of medium-intensity (13-15 mph) pedaling
- 5 minutes of high-intensity (14-17 mph) pedaling, or bike up a hill
- 5 minutes of cool down paced pedaling
Return to your kitchen, and reward yourself with a hearty breakfast full of whole grains and protein. Oatmeal with fruit and a protein shake, or a fiber-licious cereal and skim milk are both good options.
New to cycling? Check out this handy introduction to cycling for fitness.