Ever since YK told me about glycogen and how it works in our body, I have been running religiously every morning. When you run on an empty stomach in the morning, your body is in a semi-fast state and the carbo stores are depleted, so it is forced to burn fat tissues to fuel the workout instead. In other words, you'll get lean faster.
While it is nice to start the day slowly with a hot cuppa, I push myself out of the door soon as I am awake to run for at least 30 minutes. With every step I make, I visualise fat melting away. That keeps me going. And after a while, running becomes easy and painless, I actually enjoy it. My waistline seems to have whittled down a little as well.
When I'm running, the heart is pumping, blood is circulating and my brain is working. Many thoughts run through my head. Sometimes I solve problems, other times, I develop new ideas.
Keeping fit is just one of the benefits of my morning runs. It puts me in a good mood and I return home feeling rejuvenated. I'll be lying if I say I love every single run. There are days when my body refuses to cooperate. If I feel sluggish, I cut short the run and head home early. On days when I'm bursting with energy, I run harder and faster.
I like to get my exercise done and over with first thing in the morning with so I don't have to worry about it for the rest of the day. I find 6.30am the best time to run. It's still quiet and the air is fresh and cool. Dawn is just breaking, so there is no fear of getting freckles and sunburn. My attempts to run in the evening had proven to be quite futile. I'm usually tired from working and there's dinner and other chores waiting to be done. I also find the air polluted and warm, and the jogging tracks get crowded.
For now, I'll stick to my morning runs as long as I possibly can. It's easier said than done though. All it takes is a rainy spell to ruin the momentum, then it all goes downhill.