WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO EXERCISE AND LOSE THE MOST WEIGHT?

Exercise is good for you any time of day, but science has found certain advantages and disadvantages to working out at different times. Consider these factors before choosing when to work out, and experiment to see how different times affect you.
Morning. An early workout can start your day right by boosting your energy and releasing endorphins (natural mood boosters). There’s also some evidence that early-bird exercisers tend to make fitness a habit and stick with it. Plus, morning exercise may help you sleep better at night. In a study of postmenopausal women with sleep problems, morning exercisers who worked out at least 3.5 hours a week had less trouble falling asleep than evening exercisers. Researchers speculate that morning exercise affects hormone levels in ways that promote better sleep.
Yet, an AM workout may mean getting out of bed earlier, a potential obstacle. Plus, morning exercisers may be more prone to injury: Your body temperature is at its lowest, leaving your muscles less flexible. To sidestep this, move in slow motion for 10 minutes until your muscles are warmed up.
Afternoon. My favorite time to exercise is usually 3 or 4 p.m. Recent research suggests a late-afternoon workout may be the most productive because that’s when your body temperature is highest. Your muscles are more flexible and less prone to injury, your lung performance is at its best, and you have the greatest strength.
If you like to exercise in the early afternoon, such as during your lunch break, I suggest doing so before you eat if you’re trying to lose weight. Since carbohydrates turn into blood sugar, consuming carbohydrate-rich foods before a workout will cause the body to use that sugar as fuel. This prevents the burning of fat calories and keeps fat stores intact. If you want to shed pounds, work out on an empty stomach.
Evening. After a long day, an evening workout helps to relieve stress. But depending on the timing, exercise can be stimulating and interfere with sleep. This is less of a problem if you avoid working out within one to three hours before heading to bed; that’s about how long it usually takes for your body temperature to decrease after vigorous physical activity.


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