When is the best time of day to exercise? That depends, health experts say.
Some fitness buffs recommend working out first thing in the morning because that’s when you’re least likely to have scheduling conflicts and more likely to exercise regularly. Plus, early exercisers often say that a morning routine leaves them feeling more energized and productive during the day.
But if you are not a morning person and shudder at the thought of getting out of bed for an early workout, there’s good news: People tend to perform best at exercise (especially high-intensity exercise) later in the day, The Washington Post reported.
Research shows that strength and flexibility are greatest in the late afternoon and that perceived exertion (meaning how hard you feel that your body is working) is lowest. Scientists attribute these effects to our circadian rhythm, the body’s 24-hour clock, which causes body temperature to rise slightly throughout the day and peak in late afternoon.
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If you do like to exercise in the morning, that’s OK. By doing so consistently, you can eliminate the morning performance gap. Research shows that athletes who train in the morning improve their performance to levels seen in the afternoon. That’s worth keeping in mind if you’re planning to run, say, a 5K with a 7 a.m. start time. Your performance will be best if you train at that hour, The Washington Post reports.
Some people like to do aerobic exercise before they eat breakfast because they think it will help them burn more fat. There is some evidence that this practice, sometimes called “fasted cardio,” may boost fat burning — but only fleetingly, The Washington Post reports.
The Post added, “All in all, the best time to work out is whenever you can. If you exercise at different times of the day, be sure to note the hour as you’re tracking your progress. That way, you’ll know when your body clock may be to blame for a less-than-optimal workout.’’
If you have more workout questions, the orthopedic experts at Signature Medical Group will be glad to offer advice. Plus, if you encounter a few aches and pains in your muscles, joints and bones, we’re here for you.