Sometimes the toughest part of exercising is finding the time to actually do it. If you want to lose weight without losing your mind, you’ve got to find an exercise routine that fits with your schedule.
So when is the best time of day to exercise? There are compelling reasons for exercising at any time of the day. Let’s have a look at each of them and find out which works best for you…
Exercising in the Morning
If you’re time poor, exercising in the morning may be the best option for you. No matter how committed you are, work, kids and friends always seem to push a workout or a good run to the backburner.
Exercising first thing in the morning ensures that you have that time to yourself.
That early start may also motivate you to get to bed earlier, as well. In addition to keeping you cheerful and energised, sleep regulates your cortisol levels.
Cortisol is a hormone released at times of high mental and physical stress, including exercise, and too much of it can break down muscle protein into glucose, or blood sugar.
Exercising in the morning, particularly some light resistance training, can offset some cortisol release with growth hormone and testosterone – both necessary for a healthy immune system and muscle tissue repair.
Just be sure to have something healthy to eat before you work out, otherwise you could end up dramatically increasing your cortisol levels, leading to muscle breakdown and high blood sugar levels. A high-carb snack after your workout also helps to offset some cortisol so your body builds muscle, not fat.
Exercising During the Day
Just because you don’t have time to exercise before or after work doesn’t mean you can’t exercise.
Going to the gym on your lunch break is a convenient way to stay in shape without taking up any extra time. You’ll be more awake and energised around noontime, so it works for both morning people and night owls.
If you don’t have a gym near your work or that just isn’t your thing, take a nice, long walk after eating your lunch. Most of us burn anywhere from 200-400 calories per hour of walking. Feeling more ambitious? Spend your lunch hour jogging to burn 600-1200 calories.
Exercising in the Evening
Nothing relieves stress like a good workout, which makes exercising in the evening a great way to wind down after a long day.
Busy schedule or not, having that quiet time to yourself at the end of the day is a great way to recharge. Just imagine looking up at the stars on your evening run – much better than looking at your phone to make sure you’re not running late for work.
Many gyms also offer a wider selection of classes after work. If you’re the social type, try branching out by taking a spin class or a dance class. Group workouts are a great way to keep the vibe going as you burn those calories.
Exercising in the evening might not be your thing, especially if you already have trouble getting to sleep. A workout or run will release endorphins, which might feel euphoric, but also makes it difficult to get to sleep.
So what is the best time of day to exercise?
You guessed it: it all comes down to what works best for you. Find out what exercise routine creates the best balance between your schedule, your body and your mind.
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