Setting a regular routine is the easiest way to stay on track with an exercise plan. It creates structure and balance and rather than trying to fit exercise into your day, you organize your day around exercise – but not all routines are the same and everyone’s body clock works differently. To help you set a regular routine, here are the 5 best times to exercise:
#1: First Thing in the Morning
If you have trouble fitting exercise into your days, mornings might be the best time to exercise. Getting your exercise in first thing in the morning gets it out of the way and doesn’t allow for pressures later in the day to sidetrack your workouts. Morning workouts were also shown to promote better sleep than working out at other times of the day.
Rather than heading out for a fast food lunch, hit the gym and get your workout in then eat a sensible lunch at your desk. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have the flexibility to exercise in the middle of the day, but it’s a good way to get your workout in when your body is warm and before the rest of your day can interrupt your routine. Studies have also shown that lunchtime workouts boosts work performance.
#3: After Work or School
Following work or school with a workout before dinner is a great way to cap the day, especially if you can join colleagues and motivate each other. Slip your workout in before dinner to avoid feeling weighed down and giving yourself an upset stomach.
#4: Post-Dinner Walk
A regular routine of a post-dinner walk is a great way to ensure that the whole family gets a little exercise every day. Stretch your legs, help your body digest food and continue your dinnertime conversations with this fun routine. Also, use a pedometer or other activity tracking device to measure activity accumulated throughout the day. Studies have shown that simply wearing a pedometer inspires people to increase their activity.
Working out at night is great for night owls who are most motivated when the sun goes down. Workout out at night helps some people expend a lot of energy and sleep better, while others have more difficulty falling asleep and replacing lost nutrients because they don’t want to eat right before bed.
The best time to exercise is when your body tells you to exercise. Try different times of day and see what works best for you. Don’t limit yourself to exercise once a day – a study found people instructed to exercise 10 minutes four times per day did more exercise and lost more weight than those instructed to exercise continuously 40 minutes per day.
When do you feel most energetic, most motivated and what works for your schedule?
Patients at Beaumont’s Weight Control Center have access to two Beaumont gym programs – our Royal Oak location offers gym access during limited hours Monday through Thursday and Sola Life & Fitness, in Rochester Hills, provides a special introductory offer to their fitness center.