Exercise has so many benefits, from boosting mood to reducing risk of disease. To reap all the goodies, you need to fit regular workouts into your schedule. When is the best time to workout?
Have a think about your fitness aims, then see if you can find the best time for you below.
Start your mornings loving life by launching yourself into a blood-pumping cardio workout. Yes, it can be tough to do if you’re not a ‘morning person’, but there’s no better way to boost your metabolism and prime your body to burn fat and build muscle. A run outside, some cardio-based bodyweight exercises or an early gym class such as Crossfit all tick the box.
Do it fasted (before breakfast) and you burn more fat, plus you create a shorter window before lunchtime which means less temptation to snack.
If you find yourself slumping at the desk around 3pm, try popping out around lunchtime for a gentle session of yoga or pilates before you eat. The mid-afternoon dip in energy is caused by low blood sugar and eating lunch later will push the slump later, maybe when you’re heading home anyway.
You will also be less tempted to snack, and hopefully your relaxing exercise will elevate your mood so you can deal better with all your tired, grumpy colleagues!
Leave your weight training until 7pm and you will sleep better and fall asleep faster. A study from Appalachian State University showed that while morning workouts helped you fall asleep, evening exercisers found it easier to stay asleep. This could be because exercise in the evening helps to increase body heat, which then helps relax muscles. Along with the general tiredness from the day, your body is properly fatigued.
Evening workouts are also great stress relievers – leaving you to drift off worry-free.
The main thing though, is not to get stressed about when you exercise. The main thing is that you do some exercise, at a time that suits you and your lifestyle.
I never have time in the mornings, don't fancy the hassle at lunchtimes, so tend to do it after work. And I am a good sleeper. Coincidence?
I am a morning person and like to feel energised for the rest of the day by working out before breakfast,
always lunchtime for me - if I get a lunchtime... Just feels more efficient and certainly better than spending lunch hour in a cafe or pub.