When is the best time of day to exercise to maximise your results?
Here are the pros and cons of each:
If you exercise first thing in the morning before breakfast, your stores of carbohydrates have depleted overnight, therefore encouraging the body to start burning fat stores. Morning exercise also helps kick-start your metabolism and elevate serotonin levels to improve your mood for the day (this is particularly good for people prone to depression or anxiety, especially if you can get outside and soak up some sunshine at the same time). Remember, body temperature is lower in the morning so allow more time for a thorough warm up.
LUNCHTIME / AFTERNOON
In the afternoon, adrenalin and pain thresholds are at their highest and body strength is peaking so its a great time for be pushing for a personal best in the weights room. Body temperature is also higher so you’ll have greater flexibility. Lunch time exercise is great for people who struggle with energy levels during the afternoon, as it can boost mood and concentration.
After-work exercise can be a great stress reliever – it only takes 20 minutes of getting endorphins pumping before you start to reduce your stress. After a day of fuelling your body you’ll be alert and body temperature will be higher so your risk of injury is decreased. Just remember that from approximately 9pm onward bodies begin producing melatonin in preparation for sleep, so don’t leave that work out too late if you want to avoid messing with your sleep clock.
Unless you are an athlete or have a very specific training goal, the time of day you’re working out doesn’t matter compared to finding a timeslot you can stick to. So find a time that works best for your lifestyle and get moving!