Exercise is healthy; there’s no doubt about it. The rush of a fast beating heart and the satisfaction of a sweat dripping face are unbeatable. It’s recommended that everyone work out every day, even if it’s only for one quick bout of exercise. However, there are many studies that show exercising at least 30 minutes per day is healthy. Since we love sleep and health, we’re posting about the best time(s) of day to exercise without harming healthy sleep patterns. There are many different opinions about this matter, so here’s what we’ve concluded.
When Is the Best Time of Day to Break a Sweat?
We hate to do this to you, but here’s the truth: the best time to workout during the day depends on your own health routines and preferences. Each person functions differently and reacts to routines differently. Here are the benefits and disadvantages of working out at different times. If you’re not sure which is best for you, try each routine for at least 30 days before making up your mind. Trying it once isn’t enough time to determine whether your body is capable. Give yourself some time to adjust.
Folks who exercise first thing in the morning tend to be the type of people who are ready to get up and go. There’s no time for snooze when you’re on a morning workout routine. Working out around 7:00 a.m. encourages productive thoughts throughout the day and an easier time falling asleep at night, but it comes with the risk of missing a full experience during workout because the body is not fully awake nor ready to lift heavily and work as hard as possible.
Not quite ready to hit the weights first thing in the morning? Working out mid-day is a great brain break from the rest of the daily grind. Working out during the day means you have no qualms with arising unnecessarily early or prolonging bedtime to burn some extra energy. Lunch time burns are a great idea for many people with flexible schedules.
Evening?At the risk of stating the obvious, the evening is a good exercise time for people who aren’t “morning people.” People who exercise around 7:00 p.m. tend to spend a bit more time falling asleep at night but typically sleep harder and better for the whole night. Moreover, evening exercisers tend to find great relaxation in the workout as they pump out the daily stresses and reward themselves with a splendid and tasty dinner. Caution yourself to finish your evening workout at least two hours before bedtime and finish eating dinner within an hour before bed.
When is your favorite time to exercise? Have you found that your sleep and health change when you switch your workout routine? We’re happy to learn more about you and your sleep patterns, so head to our Facebook page to share your thoughts!