When the Best Time of Day to Work Out Is…
November 13, 2015
Trying to reach your TIU20 goals, but not sure which time of day is best to sweat it out? Research reveals when's the ideal opportunity to clip in and rock out...
Every Monday when the clock strikes noon, many of us scramble to book our bikes and secure our spots at SOUL. But the big question still remains — do we ride with the roosters or tap it back at night?
Turns out, there are a slew of benefits to both time slots!
Morning workouts have been shown to kick start your metabolism, increasing the body’s ability to burn fat when exercising in a “fasted state” (i.e. before breakfast), notes a study published in The Journal of Physiology.
Getting your heart pumping in the AM also improves sleep patterns, allowing you to sleep deeper and without interruptions, and lowers blood pressure, according to research from Appalachian’s College of Health Sciences. On top of it all, sometimes it’s easier to wake up, clip in, shower and go about your day with your 45 minutes of strength already checked off of your to-do list!
However, afternoon and evening workouts have benefits, too! According to a study from the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, evening workouts promote weight loss more effectively among people looking to slim down. In addition, muscle strength and function has been shown to be slightly higher in the evening, which could give your workout a little extra oomph as you drop it to the beat
The upshot? Either time works! The best way to keep your mind and body in tip-top shape is to find the hour of the day that works for you — and stick to it. With a healthy diet to fuel you and 45 minutes of sprints and hills at a time that works for you, you’ll get the right amount of strength, dedication and motivation on and off the bike!
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