When is the Best Time to Exercise?
Are you like the early bird, catching the exercise “worm” by jumping out of bed just as the sun rises, lacing up your trainers, and going for a three-mile jog. Or do you prefer to repair your psyche by taking a long walk after a stressful day at the office? The question is which are the best times to exercise?
No hard scientific evidence that suggests that one time of day is better than any other. So, instead of planning your exercise routine around a digital clock, use your personal body clock as your guide for when you choose to exercise.
The most important thing is not when you exercise, but your consistency. Even though personal considerations such as family obligations or work schedules might make it difficult, try to pick a constant daily time. Consistency can result in better performance.
In terms of consistency, exercising in the early hours makes more sense. Your exercise is done and out of the way before daily events can end up robbing you of your valuable exercise time. However, your muscles are more likely to be tight and cold from sleeping, so make sure to warm them up first.
After a tiring day at the office, it may take more willpower than you possess to head for the gym. Try not to exercise too late in the evening as this might interfere with a good night’s sleep. To help consistency with afternoon or early evening workouts, try regarding them as unbreakable appointments with clients.
Choose an exercise time that suits you best.
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