Everyone has their own opinions about the best time to exercise. There really isn’t any research to suggest that mornings or evenings are better suited for a workout. Generally, I like to exercise earlier in the day because I find that my motivation wanes as the day wears on.
We all have our own body rhythms that determine our time for peak functioning and mental performance.
Circadian rhythm is governed by the 24-hour pattern of the earth’s rotation. These rhythms influence body functions such as blood pressure, body temperature, hormone levels, and heart rate, all of which play a role in your body’s readiness for exercise.
Using your body clock as a guide to when to go for a walk or hit the gym might seem like a good idea. But, of course, there are other important considerations, such as family and work schedules, or a friend’s availability to walk with you.
According to body rhythms, a morning person should exercise in the morning and a night owl should exercise at night. However, this does not always address other life realities
The best time to exercise is really the time you are most likely to do it.
As I mentioned earlier, I prefer to exercise in the morning even though I am a night owl. Although my mental energy and productivity do increase as the day progresses, I don’t find this to be the case with my physical energy.
For one, I prefer to get my exercise done and behind me. Then, I can focus my attention on other things. Often, various unplanned chores and responsibilities crop up later in the day.
Since we often consider exercise as something we do for ourselves, it can be tempting to place it on the back burner.
However, without proper exercise, you may find that you have less stamina to process your other responsibilities effectively. Remember, getting the proper exercise really benefits everyone in your life because it helps your body and mind to run at peak efficiency.
For me, the evening is also the best opportunity to prioritize time with my husband and family. So, I try to keep my evenings free. My one exception is an occasional evening walk with girlfriends. These walks are social/exercise activities that help me to connect with my friends who help refuel me emotionally.
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