Exercising is the best way to relieve stress. Whether you are hitting the gym or just going out for a jog, working out is one aspect of your daily routine you cannot afford to compromise on. As you grow older it becomes harder and harder to go through an entire night of peaceful slumber. Just 30 minutes of flexing those muscles will help you sleep better.
But here’s the thing, just exercising is not enough, you also need to exercise at the right time. So what is the right time? Is it early morning right before breakfast or at night right after you get off work? Everyone prefers a different time to exercise. This depends on their daily routine, their ability to wake up in the morning and a few other factors. I have jotted down the pros and cons of exercising at different times of the day.
Exercise at the break of dawn
Morning is the best time to start burning calories. People who exercise in the morning tend to be more productive throughout the day. Stats also suggest that you burn calories 20% faster if you exercise on an empty stomach, another plus point of working out first thing in the morning. There are a number of commitments, urgent meetings or fun gigs that might pop up in the evening, this hampers your workout time. Working out first thing in the morning helps you finish off the most important part of your day in no time.
When you exercise in the morning your temperature rises and metabolism is boosted throughout the day, thus keeping you energetic and ready to move. 7 a.am is the best time to hit the gym or the park as it is less crowded and filled with dedicated people ready boost their metabolism.
Are you a noon person?
Apart from Exercise and Sleep, Hormones also play a crucial role in maintaining your weight and keeping your health in check. Testosterone is one hormone that helps build your muscles and is present in both men and women. Your body releases the most testosterone throughout an afternoon workout than one in the morning. Another great thing about exercising in the afternoon is that your body is replenished since you have been eating and drinking throughout the day. As the day goes by your body temperature starts to increase, which makes muscle endurance and strength the best during this time. Your heart rate and blood pressure are lowest at this time. A great combination of all these aspects enhances your overall performance and reduces the chances of injury.
You snooze, you don’t lose
Morning workouts are not an option for everyone. It could either be unpredictable work schedules or simply the fact that you are just not a morning person. One of the main reasons night workouts are not recommended is because they raise your heart rate and body temperature, thus making it hard for you to fall asleep. But recent studies have shown that this isn’t entirely true. A number of people workout in the night post office hours and a majority of them have mentioned that working out during the night helps them sleep better. Also, your body is better warmed up for a workout at night than it is during the day.
The hormone called Cortisol which is responsible for storage of fat and reduction of muscles peaks during the mornings and reduces throughout the day. So if you have more time during the night or just feel more comfortable burning calories during the night then go for it. As long as you exercise, you will be able to sleep better
Working out helps your sleep better. People who are sleep deprived tend to put on more weight than those who snooze for a good number of hours. So stop making excuses and start making some lifestyle changes. As long as you are consistently sweating out it doesn’t matter what time of the day you choose to workout.