Are you really getting the most from your exercise? The truth is that if you’re dedicating time to move every day, you’re already doing a good job.
There is so much information out there about optimal conditions, timing, and the like. But it comes down to your personal preferences and goals.
Some people may be better served by working out in the morning. This gets it out of the way and removes the weight of having to do it later on. This may be the best approach if you’re less enthusiastic about working out.
Other potential benefits of morning exercise include a boost in mood that can last the day, and maybe even more fat burning (if done before breakfast). Experiment with morning workouts to see if you experience these effects.
Some people, however, may prefer an afternoon workout. Muscles and joints tend to be more limber in the afternoon, and it can help you get through an afternoon lull. Afternoon workouts can also serve as a great alternative to snacking and daytime television.
Eating and drinking also play an important role in exercise. If you’re working out in the morning on an empty stomach, you may have a little less energy than you’d like. If you work out in the afternoon, a small snack before a workout is okay, but avoid working out within a couple of hours of a big meal.
Always make sure you’re well-hydrated before exercise. Drink a full glass of water or two before an early morning workout and be sure you’re sipping throughout the day no matter what. Your body will need plenty of water to meet the demands of exercise.
If you’re just getting into exercise, plan for shorter stints instead of longer bouts. The recommended dose of 150 minutes per week doesn’t have to come in two or three sessions. You can split it up into three 10-minute sessions per day if you want to.
Once you’re able to do 30 minutes, you know you’ll be ready to ramp up the intensity!