However, mornings present us with greater joint stiffness and expanded or swollen discs both of which can compromise movement and there is a saying that “early bird catches the worm”. But does it hold true in the realm of physical fitness? I know too well that you want to understand this very topic better, so therefore ride along with me in order to digest it down.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF REGULAR EXERCISE?
Regular physical activity has a myriad or many of proven health benefits. Starting from burning body fat, building muscle mass and strengthening bones to enhancing memory, improving cardiovascular health and building up the immune system. It also reduces stress, enhances sleep, boosts confidence and helps you live longer too.
IS THERE REALLY A BETTER TIME OF DAY TO EXERCISE?
The best time is the time that will help you be compliant and consistent with your workouts. For most people, that means getting exercise out of the way as early in the day as possible. Putting it off until later in the day creates too many opportunities for other priorities to replace the time that a person intended for exercise.
Research suggests that people who exercise early in the day are more likely to adhere to their fitness routine because their willpower is stronger then and the pressure of the day hasn’t yet accumulated. For me personally, this may sounds very true. Moreover, exercising in the morning has been linked to greater productivity, lower blood pressure and better sleep. It also speeds up a person’s metabolism, which can improve calorie-burning throughout the day.
In addition, morning exercise also sets the stage for other healthier choices throughout the day. For example, people who exercise in the morning are more likely to make healthy food choices. This is because subconsciously, they want to build upon the healthy way they started their day with. Also, some of us are wired to feel more energetic later in the day. For those people, working out in the morning would be a bad idea as they likely won’t enjoy the process.
And for the fact that most people don’t do what they don’t enjoy, the very best is for them to comply and be consistent for that particular period of the day they enjoy doing it. Also, getting results from exercise is almost entirely about compliance, so people need to do it when they can enjoy it most irrespective of the time of the day.
Current studies highlight that a late afternoon or evening sweat section is associated with lower stress levels, greater reaction times, better endurance and improved anaerobic performance. However, the bottom line is it all comes down to being consistent and setting up a routine that aligns with your long-term fitness goals.
SEE YOU NEXT TIME.