WEB DESK: Are you an early bird or a night owl? At what time of the day should your work out regime fit? Does it even matter?
Research says the time of your work out regime should depend on your work out goals.
Catherine Viljoen a registered biokineticist, says “The answer to what the best time of day for exercise will depend greatly upon your individual exercise goals and commitment.”
For some of us our energy levels are high during the morning, for others it is the night. So if you feel that you will be more committed to your work out regime during a certain time, stick to that.
Morning Exercise Regime
Contrary to popular belief that one should work out before breakfast, Vilojoen advises on having a light snack.
“While we’re not suggesting a full English breakfast, it would be wise to enjoy a light snack before your morning exercise session to up your blood-sugar levels and activate your brain.”
A walk or jog in the park or yoga stretches do wonders.
Evening Exercise Regime
Research suggests the best time for an afternoon or evening work-out regime 4-5 PM is the best time.
However, Vilojoen says that while afternoon exercise might be optimal from a physiological standpoint, studies show that morning exercisers are more likely to stick to their routine than people who work out in the afternoon.