Late to Bed or Early To Rise, When to Work out During The Work Week

During the workweek, it becomes challenging to find time to work out as you go to bed late after work and have to wake up early to catch up on the tasks. However, if there’s one thing that you need to remind yourself of, it’s that workouts are important for your health and well-being so it’s important to take some time to do it. 

So, let’s find out what’s the best time to work out on working days.

Working Out in the Morning

Being done with a workout before 9:00 a.m. – a great feeling to have. There are many benefits of working out in the morning, such as,

  1. Early morning workout makes your habit consistent and your day more productive as you have less to zero distractions during that time.
  2. It’s a great way to kick-start your day by enhancing your metabolism as you’ll continue to burn calories throughout the day. Studies have shown that exercising on an empty stomach boosts the fat-burning process. If you have any doubts, a private session will clear all of your fitness concerns.
  3. Leaving this exercise activity to later in the day perhaps affects your shut-eye quality. As you exercise, your body temperature and heart rate increase, and it’s not what you need to sleep. For that reason, morning workouts are great to enjoy stress-free and more quality sleep at night.
  4. A 7:00 a.m. workout improves your energy level and also ensures endorphins’ production to keep your mood happy the rest of the day.

Working Out in the Afternoon and Evening

If for some reason you cannot do a morning workout, you still have plenty of time. You can exercise later in the day. There are multiple proven pros of fitting exercise in the afternoon and later hours, for example:

  1. The best thing about a later workout is your optimized body’s temperature. Body temperature keeps increasing throughout the day which means muscle strength, and flexibility is also fully optimized.
  2. You can shorten your warmup session if you like before the main exercise since your body is already charged and fully awake. However,  to prevent any injury, you can work out under the observation of a personal trainer who will make sure you’re comfortable in whatever you’re doing. 
  3. Your reaction time will be at peak if you do afternoon or night workouts which is very important for high-intensity interval training (HIIT) exercises.
  4. Another beneficial factor of late-hour workouts is that your heart rate and blood pressure are already low, which means there are fewer chances of injury and high chances of better performance.

Working Out at the night

Workout before bed can affect your sleep cycle. But, practicing low-to-moderate-intensity exercises, such as meditation and stretching can improve your mental and physical well-being without increasing your body temperature and heart rate. In fact, these exercises prepare your mind and body for sleep. But, make sure you stop at least 90 minutes before bedtime.

However, practicing HIIT or more strenuous exercises in the 90 minutes before bed have a negative impact on sleep. As your body temperature increases, your heart rate elevates, your brain gets active, and your endorphin level gets high. That’s not what you need to fall asleep, rather the opposite.

Therefore, to be on the safe and healthy side, either exercise before your day starts, or find a time of the day that works best for you. It can be in the afternoon or late hours. What really matters is that you do the workout. If you want to know more about workouts and what’s best for your body, we offer private sessions at Be Fit where you will have a personal trainer at your help who will guide and help you in achieving all your fitness goals. 

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