Sunrise to sunset, the grind does not stop, but what is your body telling you? When is the best time for you to hit the gym to get the maximum benefits out of your personal sweat sesh?
Sorry to break it to you, but if you are a person who likes to workout at night, you’re not going to like what VALLEY has to say.
Legend says, the ideal time of day to work-out is in the morning—and by legend we mean the one and only, Dr. Oz.
According to The Dr. Oz Show, a study conducted at Appalachian State University found that it is better to work out in the morning.
So, what is unbelievably great about working out in the morning rather than any other time of day? Well, this study proved that early workouts resulted in better nights of sleep. Those who hit up the elliptical in those fresh morning hours slept longer and had deeper sleep cycles than those who hit the gym at other time during the day.
In context of weight loss, exercising before breakfast while still in a fasted state results in our bodies burning a higher percentage of body fat, which our bodies fuel off of during a workout if no carbs are present in the system.
There is also a greater chance that morning workout goers will stick to their gym regimen more routinely.
Working out in the morning has its benefits, but those who do work out at this time should remain cautious of injuries. If you don’t warm up before you fully dive into your workout, you have a higher risk of injuring yourself. Those who work out at other times of the day have the advantage of warming up just by virtue of walking around all day, whereas those who work out in the morning have just rolled out of bed. Take a quick jog and stretch out before you do anything else.
If you’re not a morning riser, don’t sweat it! Regardless of the time your workout occurs, any exercise is better than none at all. In today’s world with our fast-paced lifestyles, it’s a miracle we make it to the gym at all, so if you can make time at the end of the day, it’s not the end of the world.
Make time for yourself and your health, but always remember, the early bird gets the worm!