Have you ever wondered if it makes a difference what time of the day you exercise?
Have you ever wondered if it makes a difference what time of the day you exercise? While any exercise is better than none, if you’re going to the trouble of working out you may as well reap the best results.
Studies have shown that the best time to work out is before breakfast in the morning. While your body usually relies primarily on carbs for energy, exercising on an empty stomach tricks it into burning a greater percentage of fat for fuel during exercise.
Furthermore, exercising in a fasted state, before breakfast, helps to counteract the effects of diets high in calories and fat. This means that you are able to eat more of what you want without having to constantly count calories.
Interestingly, most weightlifters work out in the evenings because their muscles are warmer and certain hormones necessary for muscle resistance work are optimal at this time.
The worst time to exercise is right before bed, as exercise raises your core temperature and increases hormone activity making your body hot and restless.
With all this in mind, the most important part is that you do exercise, so choose a time that suits your lifestyle and to which you can stick. Of course, the added bonus of working out in the morning is that you’re done for the day and don’t have to drag yourself to the gym after work. Your 5pm self will thank you!
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