Doing exercise is every ones personal decision and taking your own time to do it is also a personal decision. However there can be discussion over what can be the best time to do exercise. Finding the perfect time to exercise is as much about personal preference as it is physiology.
Evening: In the morning the body temperature is lower, it required more time to warm up. Scientist has found that the body's metabolism seems to adapt better to a keep-fit routine in the evening or night-time. So if you think after finishing your day work and you can be punctual enough for the long run of doing the exercise in evening, go for the evening time table.
Energy: If you struggle to get out of the bed in the morning or do you wake up energized and ready to go? Are you a night owl and never get to bed before midnight? Once you establish what your sleep tendencies are, you will have a better idea of when your body is most inclined to exercise.
- If you are not a morning person, do not schedule an early morning workout. You are more likely to hit the snooze button instead of getting a workout in.
- Sacrificing sleep to get a workout in can result in poorer performance and make it difficult to develop a consistent routine.
It is you who have to decide when you have the most energy for doing your exercises.
Goals: Are you trying to lose weight? Are you trying to improve your performance? Are trying to develop a consistent exercise routine?
- If you are trying to improve your performance, afternoon or evening exercise may be best. You may experience less fatigue, quicker reaction times, and more strength and flexibility in the evening.
- If you are trying to develop a routine, you may want to exercise in the morning. People who exercise in the morning are more consistent. You may not feel like exercising after a long day of work, errands, or being out on the town.
- If you are trying to lose weight, you may want to exercise in the morning before you have eaten. When you exercise in a fasted state, your body is more likely to use fat instead of carbohydrates for energy.
Experiment: with both morning and evening workouts. Start by working out at different times of the day to see how you feel and find the time that works best with your schedule. Keep an exercise log to help you evaluate each time. Ask yourself some questions such as:.
- Did I have trouble falling asleep?
- How did I feel?
- Do I perform better in the morning or at night?
- Am I tired throughout the day?
- Do I feel more energized? Am I sluggish?
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