Proverbs 8:17 says: I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall fi nd me. This passage of scripture refers to the seeking of wisdom, Godly wisdom mind you, the kind of life enhancing instruction that leads to the best things in this life and the next…
So when is the best time to work out? Some say morning, some say mid-day while others say afternoon or maybe evening, before bed. Well, the truth is there really isn’t a bad time to workout. But, there is a best time; and the above scripture give us a clue to the Godly design and physiological foundation that is the key to unlocking your most effective plan and best result when it comes to getting the most out of your workout.
First things fi rst, in the above scripture the writer’s use of the word “early” is derived from its Hebrew expression whose primary meaning is “to dawn” i.e. be up early at any task with earnestness, inquiring, searching, painstakingly with expectation. When our intent is to seek God fi rst, acquainting ourselves with Him at the start of our day, before we busy ourselves with all the other cares of the day, God honors such diligence expressed toward Him with benefi t – this is principle and can be applied to any God approved task or endeavor, like prayer and devotion and yes even exercise. For example, I simply instruct my clients to make their morning exercise routine a part of their daily devotional, and from this expect the same benefi t they would form any other area of their prayer life. Now you may be thinking why can’t I do this at any other time of day and receive the same benefits?
Ok, let’s set aside Godly benefi t for a second and just look at what happens “naturally” when you take God up on His suggestion. When you exercise in the morning, on an empty stomach, before you eat anything, is by far the most effective way to burn calories. Whether you run, jog, walk, swim, jump rope, take an aerobics class, ride a bike, etc., doing it fi rst thing in the morning is the best time to do it for maximum fat loss. Why? It’s simple. When you do your workout, you are burning calories.
Let’s say you wake up, eat breakfast, eat lunch later in the day, and then a few hours after lunch, you do your workout. All you will be doing during that workout is burning the calories and carbs of the food you just ate. When you workout fi rst thing in the morning, you haven't eaten anything for the last 8 or so hours because you were sleeping. So, when your body sees that there are no carbs to burn, it goes directly to stored body-fat. And stored body-fat is the fat that is on your body, which is the fat that you want to get rid of, of course!
My final aim, as always, is to tie all this together in a way that allows us to see God’s design and craftsmanship in the fi tness process. Behold the Word of God promises that if we believe and call upon God, He hears our prayers and gives us the desires of our hearts (as long as the desire is in accordance to His will) 1John 5:13-15. So I encourage you to simply consider expanding your next morning devotional to include your workout time, with God’s assisting grace as your focus, and see what happens.
If you’re not active exercise wise, remember to start slow and build from where you are; and see a Dr. fi rst if you have any level of a health challenge.
Well that’s my time for this time; if this subject interests you, please join me next time when I’ll share more regarding the awesome benefi ts of getting and being fi t God’s way!
[Derrick is a licensed & ordained minister and graduate of Azusa World Ministry’s Ministry Training Institute, as well as an AMF Certifi ed Fitness Trainer & Sports Nutritionist, and owner of His Cross Training Fitness. You can contact him at (626) 524-5125 or email: derrick@HisCrossTraining. com.]