Thursday, April 21, 2011

Morning or evening workouts?

Eisha Sarkar
Posted on Hello Wellness on Apr 20, 2011


Planning a fitness routine is a difficult task. Not only do you have to squeeze some time out of your busy schedule for a workout session, but also contend with the varied opinions on what is the best time for exercise. Some say morning exercise is good for burning the fat, others say evening exercise helps you relax. Both have their own advantages, we find out.

Morning workouts keep you fresh
You may find it easier to stay committed to your schedule if you exercise in the morning. Things that can make you skip your workout, such household chores and social activities usually occur in the afternoon or evening. Besides, exercising in the morning, even if it is for 15-30 minutes, will make you feel more energetic the whole day. The advantages of morning exercise are:
  • Your body takes in more oxygen
  • Your metabolic rate increases. Your body will burn more calories throughout the day, even if you eat more often
  • Your blood circulation improves
  • It makes your brain alert
  • It reduces stress
  • It helps your body develop a consistent circadian rythm. You automatically wake up around the same time everyday and prepare yourself for the exercise routine
Evening exercise helps you relax

In the evening, you may be able to dedicate yourself completely to your workouts since you do not have to rush to work. Also, eating a light, early dinner before the exercise session will give you lots of energy to release. The advantages of evening exercise are:
  • It helps you relax and unwind after a hectic day at work
  • It reduces the craving for food, so you do not have to snack before you sleep. This is especially important if you want to maintain a healthy weight
  • It puts your mind to rest and you sleep better. However, if you exercise vigorously late at night, you may have difficulty trying to fall asleep because it stimulates your heart, brain and muscles
If you work late and have to attend social events in the evening, morning exercise may be the better option. Choose a time that suits your lifestyle to get the best possible results.

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