The Best Time to Exercise

Weight loss will never happen if you’re just going to lie around and wait for a miracle. If you want to lose weight, you’ve got to work your butt for it. But did you know that there is a certain time of the day wherein fat-burning and muscle feeding becomes more effective? Read along to find out when, and why.

Morning Exercise

A common belief by many is to work out in the morning, where it is easier for one to jump start his or her metabolism and warm up for the rest of the day’s activities. They also say that it is “ideal” to exercise before meals practically because you don’t have carbohydrate intake yet and so you’ll end up burning more from fat.

To set the record straight, this is a huge misconception. It is an entirely wrong idea to exercise without eating. Without a readily available fuel, you won’t be able to maximize your workout and feel less energetic, which won’t be very efficient. But exercising in the morning may also have its own side of the story; research shows that those who exercise in the morning tend to be more consistent in their exercise routines than those who do it at later hours. Furthermore, people who do morning exercise are likely to be energized the entire day and have an increased mental acuity.

Evening Exercise

Weight lifters and several fitness professionals looking for the best quality workout train during the evening where our body is well-conditioned to burn more calories. Particularly, the time around 6 p.m. is the best period to exercise for weight loss. Our body becomes more alert, body temperature is at its peak, and muscles are warm and strong–all of which assist in optimum performance and thus, better burning of extra calories.

Unfortunately, exercise and insomnia doesn’t mix. Although an evening exercise is much more effective in fat-burning, it won’t help those people who have problems with sleeping. Most studies say that exercise will help in achieving better sleep, but working out prior to bed will just keep our vital signs high giving us a hard time to fall asleep. The body will need some time to adjust to the “sleeping state” thus; this will often lead to late hours of sleeping.

Either way, exercise whenever you are comfortable doing it. When practiced consistently, any exercise is better than none at all. The most important thing is to work out regularly; the time of the day doesn’t matter much.

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