Some people claim that they prefer hitting the gym early in the morning, in order to get all pumped for a new day, while others say that they prefer an evening training session. Obviously, these are just two of the most popular choices, but this doesn’t mean that there aren’t a lot of fitness and gym enthusiasts wondering what’s the best hour of the day for sweating a bit.
Well, the answer is simpler than you probably expect: there’s no reliable evidence suggesting that you can burn calories in a more efficient way at a specific time of the day. However, your hour of choice for going to the gym can actually influence how you feel during exercising.
It’s all about your body clock
Before deciding on your favorite time of the day for exercising, you should be aware of the fact that it’s your body’s circadian rhythm that determines whether you’re a night owl or an early bird. When it comes to going to the gym, that is. And the bad part about this is that you can’t do anything to change this.
This rhythm is controlled by the 24-hour pattern of the Earth’s rotation, influencing body functions like temperature, blood pressure, hormone levels and, finally, heart rate. All of them have a very important role in the body’s readiness for exercising.
Therefore, using your body clock as a guide to when you should hit the gym sounds like a very good idea. However, there are other factors you should consider as well, like your work schedule.
Why most people opt for morning workouts, though?
Again, there’s no specific reason for this, but it was proven that most of those who go to the gym early in the morning have trouble with consistency.
“Research suggests in terms of performing a consistent exercise habit, individuals who exercise in the morning tend to do better,” says Cedric Bryant, PhD, chief science officer with the American Council on Exercise in San Diego.
Basically, they believe that they get their exercise in before other pressure interferes. Mr. Bryant recommends that if you exercise early in the morning, when your body temperature is lower, you should take a bit of extra time for warming up than you would do it in the evening, for example.
But what about later workout sessions?
The explanation is simple in this case as well: gym night owls believe that it’s easier to get their bodies into a rhythm since they’re not fighting it, like they would do it in the morning. They know that after being done with the gym, they can go home and finally relax, after a long day and this motivates them to give all their remaining energy!
To wrap it up, let’s make this clear once and for all: there’s no perfect time for working out. It’s just up to your body’s preferences. No matter your hour of choice, you are always welcome at Fitness 360 Florida, where you can try spinning, yoga, lesmills, or Zumba, but also get all the advice you need for a healthy lifestyle.
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