Victoria Beckham understands the benefits of morning running

Allure magazine

In an interview published in the March edition of Allure magazine, Victoria Beckham reveals that a 4 mile run at 6am each morning keeps her in slender shape.

So what are the benefits of running before breakfast? Well, isn't it just a great (and possibly smug) feeling when, by 8 O' clock you have exercised, showered and eaten breakfast so the working day begins with a clean slate and the knowledge that, once it is done, there is no rush to fit in the training before it gets too late and you get too tired. There are probably many training sessions that get shelved because runners get home from work and just feel too exhausted to put their shoes on and get out of the door.

It may also be better for those runners who are responsible for others, whether that's children or family members as you may be able to get your training done whilst they are still sleeping.

As well as getting it out of the way, there are other benefits to running in the morning. Because your glycogen levels are low before breakfast, your body has to burn more fat to generate energy and so it maybe a better way of keeping weight down than running later in the day. Running before breakfast also apparently kick-starts your metabolism and keeps you burning calories once you have finished, It could be said that four miles in the morning is worth six at night.

Perhaps it's time to take a leaf out of Victoria's book and get the run done early!