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.
The key is finding a routine that you can stick to and incorporate into your life!
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Great post! I have always thought that I “should” exercise in the morning, but I do well just to get up and dressed. I have finally realized that I prefer to exercise in the late afternoon or evening. (Or even a lunch time workout).
I look forward to it everyday, so it’s almost like an afternoon treat.
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Exactly, find a time that you can stick to and then, you will!
Hi there! Stopping by from Friday Blog Booster Party! I sincerly apreciate you for your workout routine!…I am to lazy lol.
Thanks Sinziana, I appreciate you stopping by!
Sorry – should have said just met you again! 🙂
Just met you at the #MidLifeLuv Linky Party – enjoyed your post. Smiled when I read the part saying you like to get your exercise done and out of the way. That’s me too. I do a workout every other day – never miss. On the workout days, I get up and get straight into my workout clothes. If I allow myself to get sidetracked with anything else, the workout nags away in my mind until it is done so I really try to just do it as early in the morning as possible. But boy does it feel great once you are showered, dressed and raring to get on with the day!
Yes, I have that same feeling when I know I’ve done it and I can move on with my day!
Fantastic post! It’s great co hosting with you this week at the OMHG WW! Have a wonderful week!!