With busy everyday working lives, getting a good workout in depends on your schedule. You want to maximise your time to get everything in - socialising, working and exercising.
There's no right time to train, though there are certain timeframes that will work better for you than others, allowing you to make the most out of your workout. It's a great way to schedule your workouts based on your fitness and form.
Here are some of the optimum times I feel are best to hit the gym...
If you get up early, you may prefer to have morning sessions. This will jumpstart your body for the day and you can take advantage of a quieter gym too. A morning workout will get that adrenaline flowing, switching your brain on and making you feel more active and alert for the day ahead.
When you want to benefit from morning sessions, you won't have to self-motivate as much because there's little to do on the agenda at that time in the morning. No more bad excuses for not hitting the gym!
If weight loss is your ultimate goal, doing a morning workout is the best way to kickstart your metabolism. This in turn will help you burn more calories as the day goes on.
Mid-morning is a great time to train, because the gym floor will be a bit quieter and your schedule may allow you to dedicate more time to your session if you need it.
Studies have proven that people who train in the morning tend to make healthier food choices for the rest of the day as well. What a great way to watch that waistline!
Workout out during your lunchbreak will re-energise your mind for the rest of the day, helping to prevent the mid-afternoon slump that often comes after lunch. Why not invite your colleagues to join in for a bit of extra motivation.
If you work in an office, the lunchtime workout could be a great option for you. Sitting at a desk in front of a screen all day causes discomfort in the joints and the spine. Getting a good midday stretch will help to keep your posture balanced, and ease any aching joints.
It's been a long day at work. Your mind is tired. You need to de-stress. Get that pent-up energy and hit the gym! An evening session closes off the day by reviving your muscles from that time sitting at a desk all day long.
If you're finding it difficult to make your session on an evening, getting yourself straight to the gym after work prevents the go home, get cosy syndrome that will completely demotivate you and stop you from heading back out.
Do you have trouble sleeping at night? You may benefit from a later evening workout. A great cardio session can leave you ready for a bit of shut eye. It's also a great option if you have a hectic career, family life and social schedule. Once the day is over, you can focus all your attention on getting a great workout.
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