When is the Best Time to Exercise?
Exercise is not something that should be thought about lightly. Living an active lifestyle not only makes you look better, but it makes you feel better. With exercise, you can shed pounds and decrease your chances of heart disease, high blood pressure, and many other physical illnesses. There are 24 hours in a day and somewhere believe it or not is 30 minutes to devote to your body and your health. There is still one big question lurking out there among those that already exercise and those that wish to begin exercising—when is the best time to exercise?
Morning Exercise Pros
Consistency. By getting your workout over and done with, you’re able to have more flexibility when things pop up during the rest of the day. Many people that need structure feel that this is the main reason morning is the best time to exercise.
Metabolism booster. When your metabolism is active, you burn more calories. Starting your day off right will help you reap the rewards all day long.
Brain builder. Exercise gets blood and oxygen flowing throughout your body and to your brain. You can have that mental boost first thing in the morning by starting your day off with a good workout.
Routine. You know that internal alarm clock you have? If you exercise in the morning, that clock will grow accustomed to your new routine. Don’t expect to be chipper when you first start, but over time, you will start to enjoy the pattern.
Look great; feel great. After a hard workout in the morning, step in front of the mirror before getting ready for the day. Over time, results will become more visible and you’ll feel like you’ve accomplished something great. A boosted ego is a great way to get though the day with a positive outlook on life.
Morning Exercise Cons
Low body temperature. Your body temperature is lowest in the morning. This can cause injury if you don’t warm up your muscles properly before exercising.
Evening Exercise Pros
Muscles are warm and flexible. When your muscles are already warm, you are less likely to become injured during a workout.
Sleep better. If you keep your workout to a 30-minute minimum two to three hours before going to bed, exercising in the evening can help you get to sleep faster. Working out longer than 30 minutes could disrupt sleep--so be careful. Many evening exercisers feel that working out at night is the best time to exercise for this reason.
Stress reliever. Exercising after a hard day can be a great way to relieve stress.
Strength. You body is at its strength peak in the afternoon to evening.
Evening Exercise Cons
Distractions. More things tend to pop up in the afternoon and evening. These untimely distractions can keep you from having an effective workout.
Sleepy time. You may find yourself having to take quite a while to wind down from exercise before going to sleep. While some evening exercisers sleep better, others struggle when trying to count sheep.
No matter what you chose, remember that exercise is essential when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. Changing just your diet won’t cut it—you must stay active as well in order to see lasting results. Find the best time to exercise for you. Whether it’s morning or evening, keep in mind that consistency is key.
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