When should I exercise for best results?

The truth is that there’s no evidence to suggest that a particular time during the day burns more calories – it’s important though to understand what works for you and whether you can stick to that routine.

You may be an early bird or a night owl – and that’s determined by your body clock, your circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is governed by the 24-hour pattern followed by the earth’s rotation, influencing functions such as blood pressure, hormone levels as well as heart rate. If you think about it, these factors play a major role in your body’s conduciveness to exercise.

Even if you pay heed to your body clock, you may have trouble with consistency. In that case, the experts suggest going for a morning exercise routine before other deadlines and situations crop up. However, exercising too late sabotages your body’s urge to sleep. If you work out in the night, your body requires lesser warming up. When body temperatures are lower, in the morning, you need to spend more time in warming up than the rest of the day.

In fact, for some people, lunchtime is the best time to exercise, as it may help keep drowsiness at bay and that’s when you may get colleagues for company. However, you need to ensure you don’t exercise immediately following a meal as the blood that needs to go to your muscles will go to your digestive tract.

Whichever time you choose, it would work best if you make it a habit and stick to the same workout routine every day or whenever you exercise during the week. In an effort to stay active on a regular basis and not get bored, you may want to change the type of exercise off and on, but do so basis your fitness goals and in consultation with your fitness instructor.

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