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When is the Best Time to Exercise? - Part 2

October 18, 2013

In our previous post, we discussed the advantages and disadvantages of exercising in the morning. Today, we will reveal the pros and cons of exercising in the afternoon.

Afternoon Exercise

Pros

  • the best time to exerciseIncreases exercise performance, because your body temperature and circadian rhythm will be ideal and your muscles will be at peak strength.
  • Since your muscles are warm enough and you are more alert in the afternoon, you will be less susceptible to injuries.
  • Gets rid of the stress that you have accumulated during the day.
  • Lower perceived exertion of strength in the later part of the day makes exercise seem easier.
  • The freedom to exercise during lunch break or after work makes exercise more convenient.
  • Makes it easier for you to find a partner to exercise with.
  • Helps you avoid eating large lunches, and therefore, promotes weight loss.
  • May make you want to eat less for dinner.
  • Exercising between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. can help you maximize your fitness and muscle strength.

Cons

  • Due to work or other responsibilities, you may not have enough time to do a full workout.
  • Commitments and distractions may prevent you from doing any exercise at all.
  • According to research, lung function is least efficient at noon, which can have a negative effect on your performance.
  • Gyms are usually crowded around 5:00p.m. or 6:00p.m., and this may make it difficult for you to get on your preferred machines.
  • Some gyms have a 20-minute time limit on certain machines in the afternoon.

In our next post, we will discuss the pros and cons of exercising at night and provide advice on how to choose the most appropriate exercise time

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