Wake Up to a Morning Workout

Are you enjoying the spring weather? Warm weather can certainly put you in the mindset for relaxing, whether it’s napping in a shady hammock or lounging around after breakfast on the porch. But don’t take the word “lazy” too literally when it comes to your workout. Consider exercising in the morning before it gets too warm. You may find your morning workout so energizing you decide to build it into your schedule year-round. Here are a few A.M. workout tips:

Enjoy a preworkout snack. After a night of sleep, you need a little something (not a full breakfast!) before you exercise. On any Phase, have a low-fat or nonfat plain Greek yogurt (sweetened if you like with an all-natural no-calorie sweetener), a handful of nuts, or even a glass of fat-free or 1% milk , or a South Beach Diet Jumpstarts Carb Control snack bar (new for Phase 1). Any of these will make a big difference in how energetic you feel once you get going. If you’re on Phase 2, you also have the option of all-natural peanut or almond butter on a slice of whole wheat toast along with some sliced apple, or enjoy one of our energizing South Beach Diet Good to Go snack bars.

Get hydrated! Sure, you may need a cup of java to get going but don't skip the water. Have a large glass of water when you wake up and take a water bottle along with you to the gym or park.

Protect your skin. It’s important to wear sunscreen on your exposed areas and you should consider wearing UV-protective sunglasses, and a hat as well, if it's super sunny out. When it comes to clothing, light colors are best since these keep you cooler by reflecting the light. Some exercisewear has UV protection built in.

Stay safe. If you’re exercising before the sun’s up, be proactive and wear brightly colored reflective clothing, such as a vest or tape on your shoes, so drivers and bikers can see you. It also helps to carry a flashlight or to wear a hat that has a light built into it. It’s best to stay on the sidewalk or a path. If you must be on the street, follow the traffic rules by biking along with the traffic or walking against it.

Don’t get bored. Boredom is frequently cited as the reason people quit working out, so try changing up your workout this summer. If you have a friend you’d like to see more often, invite that person to walk with you in the morning. You both get a workout in and you can catch up on each other’s lives, too. If you’ve been avoiding the gym, put your membership on hold for the time being and walk or bike outside instead.

Work out with your kids. There’s no time like summer, when there are ample opportunities to be outside and your kids are off from school, to encourage your children to get moving. Have an early breakfast together, then shoot hoops before it gets too warm. Do you have a teenager in the house who wants to get into shape? Resolve to do some interval walking or biking together, or sign up for a spinning class. You’re not only both getting into great shape, but you’ll work in some valuable communication time as well.

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