What time of day do you usually exercise? Does it make a difference? A fresh look at the science may provide a few tweaks for you to consider. These opinions are shared in a book by Daniel Pink entitled “When”. In the book, he reviews the science of how the body performs throughout the day and how it relates to exercise. Now depending on your health and fitness goals, there may be a ”best” time of day to schedule your exercise.
After reviewing the science, Mr. Pink suggests that morning is the better time to exercise if you want to
- Lose weight. We burn more calories when exercising in the morning.
- Form exercise as a habit. We are more likely to stick to a routine done in the morning.
- Improve Mood. The boost derives from exercise lasts throughout the day.
Here are the reasons to plan to exercise in the afternoon
- Avoid injury. Your body is warmed up and ready to take on exercise.
- Exercise is more enjoyable. It takes less effort and you are more likely to continue.
- Perform at your best. Because your coordination and cardiovascular system are primed, you can lift heavier weights, move faster and be at the top of your performance.
While exercise at any time of day is beneficial, this information may be helpful for you to understand why you are successful. Or why you struggle with certain workouts. The more you know, the better prepared you will be to keep to your fitness program.
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-Cathy M., Diabetes and Exercise Consultant at Dedham Health