Perfect time to exercise, according to science
We’ve talked about how often you should workout per week and for how long, now let’s find out when is the best time to work out according to science!
The best time to exercise is in the morning as apart from the obvious physical benefits, Austin Martinez, the director of education at StretchLab and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, adds that psychologically, it will prepare your body for the day ahead.
Also, according to Emily Tills, MS, RDN, CDN, a nutrition coach, “When our bodies wake up in the morning, our metabolism and calorie burn rises as well to accommodate the increase in blood flow to the entire body and ‘warm-up’ the muscles for the day.”
However, if you are planning to work out in the morning, make sure you take your time to warm up as the body temperature is normally lower right after you wake up.
Do not feel discouraged if you are unable to make time for work out sessions in the morning. Exercising in the afternoon still burns calories and will give your performance a boost since you’ve eaten a meal or two. If you’re always feeling sluggish, working out in the afternoon will combat this problem. You don’t have to do any vigorous exercises; a quick walk will do just fine to help you recharge and burn some calories.
Not an early bird? Have to sit at your office desk or listen to a boring lecture in the afternoon? It’s completely fine if you want to workout in the evening. The only negative effect of working out late is you might find it harder to fall asleep later. On a positive note, a new paper published in the journal Experimental Physiology found that night workouts can also reduce levels of the hunger-stimulating hormone ghrelin, which could help with weight loss or management.
So, as long as you are working out on a regular basis, you’re doing great no matter when you do it!