John Romaniello is a strength coach at Roman Fitness Systems.
He is often asked, when is the best time of the day to exercise?
In a recent interview he states:
That’s a bit of a trick question. There is some evidence that suggests for losing fat, working out in the morning on an empty stomach may actually be the most effective. However, many people are simply not good in the morning. If you are not morning person then trying to train in a way that goes against your body’s natural rhythms isn’t necessarily going to guarantee better results. So the correct answer to the question is actually very personal. Whatever time of day you feel the best and have to most energy to train is what is best for you because that will produce the best results.
Dr. Mehmet Oz answers a viewers question about exercising at night. He says:
When you exercise, you actually increase your body temperature and it is harder to sleep when you’re warm. It takes about five hours for that body temperature to come back down to where it would normally be. But, the good news is after those five hours you actually go a little bit colder than you would have been. So if you could exercise four or five hours before you fall asleep, it is actually better for your sleep. If you can’t separate your sleep and your exercise by that amount of time it could hinder your ability to go to sleep.
Angie Miller is a personal trainer and fitness instructor certified through NASM, AFAA, and ACE. She is also a Kettlebell Concepts, Mad Dogg Athletics Spinning, YogaFit, and EFI Sports Medicine Gravity Group Instructor who teaches classes in Elgin and Huntley, Illinois. She states:
Research supports that morning exercisers are more consistent and more likely to stick to a routine than late day exercisers. This may be partly due to the fact that morning exercisers get their workout in before their day gets too hectic. Work conflicts, errands, and schedule changes can arise throughout the day and no matter how well intentioned you are, it’s often your workout that gets sacrificed. If you have a demanding job, a busy social life, or kids’ schedules that require you to be everywhere but at the gym, it may be easier to be consistent in the morning. Another benefit of a morning workout is that exercise is proven to increase mental acuity and reduce anxiety. What better way to start out the day then with a sharp mind, a clear head, and the opportunity to “work through” any anxiety you may have about the day ahead? Best of all, morning exercise gives you a positive start to your day, revs up your metabolism, and is reported to help you sleep better at night.
Overall, getting a productive work out in is your choice. However, for all in all effectiveness in your workout it seems as though several experts encourage morning workouts to ensure physical and mental wellness throughout the remainder of your day.
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