Best time to Exercise to get the Most from your Workout Regime

You have decided to fit in some workouts in your busy working week.  However, before you take a plunge into this new regime, wouldn’t you like to know – what is the best time to exercise to ensure you get the most from your exercise regime?

Morning Exercise

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Many people find it easier to maintain a morning workout routine.  Afternoon or evening workout routines are more likely to conflict with other responsibilities as the day progresses.  One study found that 45 minutes of moderate morning exercise helps to curb appetite directly after working out and in another study it was observed that people burn up to 20% more body fat exercising on an empty stomach.  According to a research published in The New York Times, working out early in the morning helps speed up weight loss and boosts energy levels as well as set your body up for an all day fat burn. Your body’s core temperature plays a crucial role in determining the quality of the exercise.  After a night's sleep, our muscles get stiff, making it more susceptible to sprains, while higher body temperature leaves muscles more flexible.  So if you choose to exercise in the morning, start with some sort of light warm-up session.

Afternoon Workout

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Though morning or evening turn out to be the best time to work out, however if for some reason you just can’t fit in a workout before noon, you can make time for workout during the afternoon.  Researchers suggest that our body has the capability to adapt to regular gym dates, which means if you stick to a particular time and day, like for example you hit the gym everyday at 4 p.m., your body will eventually start performing better at that time.

Evening Exercise

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According to a study conducted by the Clinical Research Centre of the University of Chicago, researchers found that body’s metabolism adapts better to fitness routine in the evening or the night time. It came out in the study that those who go to gym or for a long jog after their workday are likely to attain a higher level of fitness than those who exercise as beginning of the day.  Avoid working out very late in the evening, since exercise increases heart rate and body temperature, working out pretty late in the evening may disrupt sleep.  In one study it was found that working out 7 a.m. may help people sleep more soundly at night.

Bottom Line

According to Leanna Skarnulis from WebMD, there is no reliable evidence that suggests calories are burned more efficiently at certain times of the day.

The bottom line is – no matter what hour of the day you choose to workout, the most important thing is to find a realistic and consistent workout schedule that is easier for you to stick with.  You can also find a workout buddy and keep a gym bag in the car or office to minimize excuses and chances of not working out.

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