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WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO EXERCISE?

Even though it’s not written in stone, however, science has certain answers.


Generally speaking, The best time is the time in which you can be consistent enough. Training at a particular time every day sets up the circadian clock of the body.

What this means is that when we start doing certain things at those particular times, the body starts anticipating that and releases certain hormones and signals to prepare our body for the ensuing activity.


Now, there are certain days when you are forced to train at a different schedule than normal and in that scenario, one should usually opt for it without being too strict because not working out is a bigger missed opportunity than training only at that prescribed time.


The best time to exercise can vary depending on an individual's schedule, goals, and personal preferences, however, some general guidelines and recommendations can be considered:

Morning:

PROs:

There are some studies which have shown that exercising within thirty minutes of waking up in the morning starts developing an anticipatory circuit in the body that will lead you to want to wake up at that particular time that you exercised the previous three or four days, which is a powerful tool.

If you are training after three hours of waking up, you will have slightly more light exposure and tissue temperature which makes it even better to train.

It can also help you in preparing for the day’s download which is just about to begin.


CONs : The body usually feels tighter. The chances of getting injured are increased since the core temperature is still not at its peak ( proper warm-up is required ), if you haven’t had a good sleep, you may feel groggy and not rested well enough and your Central Nervous System may not respond that well to the stimulus, dropping the performance.

Afternoon:

PROs :

We learnt that morning training has a powerful effect on the body but we need a certain amount of light exposure as it turns out that light and exercise converge together to give an even bigger wake-up signal to the brain and body. Also the body, core and tissue temperatures are higher which makes it one of the best times to train (injury chances reduce and the body is most alert). It can also be a good way to break up the workday and provide a mental and physical boost.


CONs :

The afternoon time is not possible for most people since they have to go to work etc.


Evening:

PROs :

Exercising in the evening ( early evening) as some studies suggest is the most beneficial for people in general


Also, it’s really helpful for those who find it hard to motivate themselves earlier in the day.

It can also help to relax the body and mind after a long day and may improve sleep quality.


CONs:

Some people find trouble sleeping after their training and are too tired to sleep.


Working out in the evening can be a bit challenging too if your schedule is mostly dynamic and there is uncertainty about whether you will be able to work out or not.

It's important to note that consistency and regularity are the keys to achieving fitness goals regardless of the time of day, so it's best to choose a time that fits with your schedule and that you can stick to.

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