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What is the best time to exercise?

There is no doubt in the role of importance of exercise as a healthy habit. But what exactly is the best time to exercise and get your body pumping? Researchers have shortlisted the various benefits of exercising at dawn and dusk as listed below.

Morning workout

There are plenty of benefits of working out in the morning.

  • Working out in the morning should be done before the heat of the sunlight sets in. Getting your workout up and going and accomplished before 9 am enables you to achieve something which majority of people fail in performing. Often it’s covered by the same excuse of not being able to get up in the morning or going to bed late. All it takes is an inspiration and drive within to get your workout done in the morning. Moreover working out in the morning is a huge ego boost and will help you start the day with your brain charged with endorphins, the chemicals which leave your mind feeling happy and calm.
  • Those who start their work out on an empty stomach are observed to burn more fat. An estimate of 20 percent or more body fat is burned in the day than at night.
  • Morning exercise boosts metabolism which means you will be burning calories throughout the day as you consume them.
  • A great night’s sleep is achieved through morning exercise whereas an evening workout gets your body pumping making falling asleep more difficult.

 

Afternoon/Evening workout

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The benefits of evening workout include:

  • It allows you to get some additional sleep in the morning
  • It has been identified that the body temperature is at peak levels between 2 pm and 6 pm. Due to this elevated temperature, it optimizes muscle function, strength, and endurance as well.
  • Oxygen uptake kinetics are much more rapid during evening time which means you utilize your resources much slower and effectively compared to in the morning.
  • Reaction time is considered to be the fastest during the afternoon or evening time. At the same time, the heart rate and blood pressure are said to be at the lowest which means it aids in decreasing your chances of injury while elevating and improving your performance level.

At the end of the day, the decision to when to work out and what time is a matter of personal convenience and preference and should go along your schedule.