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When Is The Best Time To Exercise?

When Is The Best Time To Exercise?

No matter how hard we try it can be quite the challenge to get that 30 minutes of exercise in can’t it?

It doesn’t matter what you have in mind whether it’s a relaxing yoga session, a run around your neighbourhood or some time with the weights all too often we can just put this off and end up not doing it.

Skipping a work out every so often can be a hassle but one you can recover from but when it becomes a habit the problem can be a lot more serious.

The best way I’ve found to solve this issue is to have a set time for your exercise and then to ensure you stick to it.

But what time of the day is the best?

Depending on your work and social commitments your options might be somewhat limited of you might have to mix and match a little.

But to help you decide the best time to exercise I’ve highlighted the pros and cons of each choice below.

In The Evening Before Bed

Working out as soon as you get up can be a bit of a drag which is why exercising before you go to bed is actually quite popular.

But that doesn’t mean it’s always the best choice for you let’s look and the pros and cons for bedtime exercise.

The main benefits of bedtime exercise is that it is a great way to save time and will give you a more relaxing morning.

If you at not a morning person the last thing you will want to do is exercise right?

It is also a great way to work out any stress you have built up during the day.

The downsides to working out late at night before bed though are that it can actually make getting to sleep much more difficult.

This is especially true if your work out is quite vigorous, another issue with saving your work out till the end of the day is that you could end up too tired to really give it your all or end up skipping it.

During The Mid-Day

Exercising during the afternoon can be a tricky affair because many people will likely have work commitments or errands to run.

But if you can fit some free time into your schedule then it can be a great time to exercise, let’s look at the pros and cons in more detail.

Exercising during the mid-day is a great time saver and a very efficient time to exercise.

If you can squeeze in a 30 – 40 minute work out during your lunch hour you will be able to enjoy more free time when you get home.

Your body will also be performing better during the afternoon you won’t be tired like you would during the morning or at night.

And research has shown even light to moderate exercise during the afternoon can help you feel more productive and alert afterwards.

There are some negatives though with the main one being the complexity of working out if you are at work.

You will only have a limited time for your lunch and you will still need to eat something and if you have had a difficult morning at work making yourself get in the mood for exercise can be difficult.

In The Morning

Morning exercise is usually a love it or loathe it situation for many people and while it has plenty of potential benefits there are some noticeable negatives we need to talk about as well.

So, let’s look at the pros and cons of morning workouts.

One of the main pros of working out in the morning is the fact that it will allow you to get your exercise done and dusted.

If you have a tight schedule then working out as soon as you get up is a great time saver.

If you are doing cardio outdoors or going to the gym it will also usually be much quieter as well.

Another handy perk is the fact that morning exercise will help you wake up and shake off any fatigue and research has shown it can even help boost your mood over time.

But what are the negatives then?

Well, for one thing, a morning work out will mean you will need to wake up earlier which some people will just not want to do.

You will also be more slow and sluggish when you get started as well so don’t jump straight into intense routines.

You will also need to take the time to eat something first, exercising on an empty stomach can be done but you’ll perform and feel better if you take the time to eat something before getting started.

So, that is a look at the three main time slots you will have to exercise each has its own positives and negatives and you can always mix and match.

Although many people will perform better by getting into a routine with one specific time.

If you’re not sure which will work best for you why not experiment a little and see which you prefer?

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is a personal trainer and online fitness/nutrition coach from the UK. He loves heavy squats, smashing PRs and bacon sandwiches. You can follow him on Twitter at ColecloughPT.

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