Nighttime Workout Pros:
Saving your workout for the end of the day is a great way to blow off steam after a long day at work. Another reason to work out at night? Many experts say this is when your body is most likely to reach optimal performance.
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Lesley Alderman, author of The Book of Times, says the best time of night to work out is between 6pm and 8pm because that is when your body temperature is at its peak, meaning your muscles are more flexible. Alderman also notes that muscle strength peaks between 5 pm and 9 pm (this is apparently the best time to do all your heavy lifting as well)!
Nighttime Workout Cons:
One of the biggest cons for an evening workout is that it can be hard to make it a part of your routine. Just like trying to fit in a workout during the lunch hour, it can be tough to get yourself on that treadmill after a long day at the office.
Also, working out at night is not suggested for light sleepers!
“Raising your heart rate in the evening will definitively prevent you from easily falling asleep,” says Orsoni.
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The ultimate downside of an evening workout? You may be too tired to make it count.
“Because you are tired out by your day, you might not be able to push yourself as much as you could have in the morning,” says Orsoni.
No matter what you decide, by simply making a choice, scheduling a consistent time to work out, and following through, you’ll be that much closer to achieving your fitness goals.
What time of day do you usually exercise?
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