The Best Time for Your Workout
Some people can’t jump out of bed fast enough to have their morning workout, while others swear by working out late in the day. You’ve probably heard arguments in favor of both and even some in between. Well, at Synergy we feel that any time is a good time to workout. But, here are some considerations to help you decide what will work best to help you achieve your goals.
- For many, it’s easiest to commit to and stick to a morning workout. Morning routines tend to be consistent, so chances are there are fewer distractions or other conflicts to compete with early in the day.
- One study showed that 45 minutes of moderate exercise in the morning helps to curb your appetite in the hours immediately after.
- Recent advice suggests that exercising on an empty stomach can burn 20% more fat. Clearly this is easier to pull off in the morning.
- Working out in the morning may make it easier to sleep at night. A study compared sleep patterns in those who worked out at 7 am, 1 pm and 7 pm and showed that those who worked out at 7 am had the most restful sleep.
Afternoon and Evening Workouts:
- One advantage of working out later in the day is that you are less prone to injury. In the afternoon and evening your body temperature is higher which makes your muscles and joints more adaptable to exercise.
- Studies have also shown that people have more strength and greater flexibility late in the afternoon. In fact, research by the University of Austin, Texas showed flexibility increases by 20%! What’s more, your perceived exertion is at its lowest. That means your hardest workout will seem easier since your body doesn’t “feel” like it’s working as hard.
- If you’ve had a stressful day, working out in the evening can help you de-stress and decompress. And, working out in the evening can provide that energy boost you need to make it through the remainder of the day.
- With commitments like work out of the way, you can actually spend more time working out in the evening.
In short, the best time to workout is the time that works best for you!
Time for a Snack
No matter what time you workout, sometimes you need a snack to get you to the next part of your day. Here are some healthy options that won’t totally negate all the hard work you’ve done.
- Banana with 2 tablespoons of almond butter
- Multi-grain crackers (10) with 3 tablespoons of hummus
- ½ Cup of oatmeal with 1 cup of berries
- Apple and ¼ cup of walnuts
- Protein shake with half of a banana, one scoop of protein powder, 12 ounces of almond milk and hemp or chia seeds