What’s the Best Time to Exercise?

What's the Best Time to ExerciseIf you could burn more calories, lose weight and get fit by exercising at the perfect time, you most probably would, right? The time of the day you work out has been getting a lot of attention, but does it really matter? Is there a time of the day that is perfect for exercising? If so what is the best time?

According to a number of studies and researches, the perfect time is not clear cut but there are a number of factors that determine what time of the day may be the best time. Obviously, exercise is better than no exercise and you must schedule your workout when you know you have the best chance at it.

Studies suggest that working out in the morning is the best if you are looking to get a good night’s sleep. The research that was conducted tracked the sleep patterns of individuals between the ages of 40 to 60 who worked out on treadmills for at least 3 times a week. These participants exercised at different times of the day such as at 7 in the morning, 1 in the day and 7 in the evening. Result showed that individuals who worked out in the morning slept longer than those who worked out at other times of the day. In fact, these individuals spent about 75 percent more time in the deep sleep stages which is also known as the reparative stage. Another benefit was that these individuals experienced a reduction in blood pressure by about 10 percent during the day.

Changes to sleep occur when exercise is carried out in the morning and this alters the body both physically and mentally. Experts have been saying and continue to say that good night’s sleep is better for your body in that you experience less stress, maintain your body weight, lower your blood pressure and improve your cardio health.

Aside from the fact that morning exercise is good for you, there are other times of the day when you may have a physiological advantage when you work out during that time. Basically, you must exercise when you feel like doing it the most. For example, if you like working out at night, you must stick to your schedule and work out at night. This is because when you are in the mood you are likely to push yourself further and physiological changes occurs to your body by pushing yourself further. Working out at a time that is suitable and convenient to you will ensure that you put in 100 percent effort.

Another important thing to keep in mind is that when your glycogen level is full, you will be able to work out longer and push yourself more. Whether you lift weights, run on treadmill, jog outside or do exercises, you can give it your best if you choose a time when your muscle glycogen is full. Glycogen is extinguished when you work out or do other tasks and replenishes when you take in carbohydrates. So based on how you eat and when you eat, your peak exercise session could be early morning, early evening or in the afternoon.