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When Is The Best Time To Exercise?

The best time to exercise really depends on your personal preference. For many of us it depends on when we can fit it into our busy schedule. Some people prefer to exercise in the morning and they find this to really help them kick start their day and get them psyched up for the day ahead.

However, it’s important to remember in the morning our muscles are not normally ‘loose’ as later in the day. This is because our body temperature and blood sugar levels are lower. If you do opt to exercise in the morning then allow yourself more time to warm up before you commence your workout.

Some people can not bear the thought of getting up early to fit in exercise and prefer to workout in the evening and find this fits better into their daily schedule – and for some evening workouts help to relieve work day stress.

If you have issues sleeping such as Insomnia then the thought of getting up early to exercise, hitting the gym or going for a run could prove difficult and very unappealing. If you lack motivation in the morning then exercising later in the day is a better option.

For some people, lunchtime is the best time to exercise. It’s important to remember not to exercise immediately after eating a meal. This is because the blood that would circulate to your muscles will be going to your digestive tract.

Therefore it is recommended that you give yourself 90 minutes after consuming a heavy meal. Be sure to eat after you workout and not before, too close to your workout time.

The truth is that there is no reliable evidence or research to suggest that calories are burned more efficiently at certain times of the day. However, the time of the day can influence how you feel when exercising.

Different people will have different preferences and respond differently to exercise at different time of the day. So it’s a case of trailing a few different times to determine the best time for you.

It also depends on other factors such as; precise time of day, location, type of physical activity, social setting, and who you are with etc. This can play a major factor in how consistent you maybe with your exercise schedule.

Try working-out in the morning for a few weeks and then maybe during the day, try midday and then early evening. See which you enjoy the most. It is also a good idea to look at what type of exercise you are doing and also your daily commitments.

Once you establish a time that suits you then it will become a habit. It is important to vary your exercise and plans so that you don’t become bored. This will also help you stay more motivated.

The most important thing is to choose a time of the day you can stick with, so that exercise becomes a habit. To get the benefits and results it is essential you regularly exercise – keep it consistent!

Thank you for reading! 

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Dal Dhaliwal is a health and wellbeing expert, educator and special advisor on physical activity. She is also an active professional speaker and TV/ radio presenter. Dal helps entrepreneurs and professionals with their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. She consults and presents for some of the UK's leading businesses and organisations within the wellness, sports and business arena.