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When is the Best Time to Exercise? - Part 1

October 17, 2013

It is a well-known fact that exercise is an effective way to achieve good health. If you want to get the most out of your exercise program, it is essential that you choose the right time of the day to exercise. In our three-part “When is the Best Time to Exercise” series, we will look into the pros and cons of exercising in the morning, afternoon, and at night:

Morning Exercise

Pros

  • best time to exerciseGives your metabolism a good start and helps your body burn a greater amount of calories throughout the day.
  • Depleted glycogen stores force your body to burn more fat.
  • Produces endorphins that stimulate your body and helps you start your day with a positive attitude.
  • Minimizes distractions and enables you to exercise with greater consistency.
  • Forces you to get up a little earlier and promotes a healthy lifestyle.
  • Improves your energy levels throughout the day.
  • Enhances your mental sharpness.
  • Allows you to exercise without being affected by the afternoon heat.
  • If you prefer to exercise in the gym, you do not have to wait to get on the exercise machines.

Cons

  • Raises the risk of injuries by forcing you to exercise with cold, stiff muscles.
  • Forces you to exercise with energy levels that are less than optimal.
  • If you exercise before eating, your muscles will be used as a source of fuel.
  • May make some people more susceptible to heart attack.
  • Those who are not “morning people” may find it difficult to adopt the habit of exercising in the morning.

In our next post, we will talk about the pros and cons of exercising in the afternoon.