Many people swear by morning workouts, saying that morning is the best time to exercise. But our body clocks work differently and hence, different people are at their peak performances at different times. Some are most focused in the mornings while there are others who liven up as the day progresses. Hence, there shouldn’t be any hard and fast rules as far as workout timings go. It is a personal choice and one that has to be taken after considering the daily schedule.
However, timing your workouts is important when we take a look at it in the below light:
When it comes to working out, daily rhythm is paramount. Choose your workout timings in such a way that you would be able to dedicate an hour every day during that slot. Consistency is the key! Working out in the morning and not being consistent wouldn’t give you results, and same is true for evenings and afternoons.
Pre meal gap
Irrespective of the time you choose, you have to ensure that you work out at least 2-3 hours after a meal. You don’t want to be doing any sort of exercise on a full stomach.
Time to bed
Also, you don’t want to sleep on a full stomach and exercising late could mean exactly that. Late workouts mean late meals and late meals could mean sleeping on a full stomach. Time your evening workout in a way that you have a good enough gap between dinner and bedtime.
Time from bed
Provided you have got enough sleep, you can work out first thing in the morning. But the point to be remembered is that the closer the workout is to your wakeup time, the more the emphasis on warm-up and stretching should be. Body temperatures are low in the morning and you need to warm up the body adequately before beginning your workout.
To conclude, no matter what schedule you choose, it is your discipline in sticking to the schedule that will eventually give you the results.
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