Are you up with the lark or a night owl when it comes to your work-out routine?
Many people can’t face hauling themselves out of bed at the crack of dawn, but for some the evening is the time to wind down.
The best time for exercise very much depends on personal preference, along with physiology.
Don’t panic if you can’t make yourself run at 6am – some people by nature perform better after lunch. In fact, it has been shown that if you regularly exercise at the same time, your body adapts to this and will soon get used to your 4pm session.
Scheduling a routine and sticking to it can ensure that you perform better at that time every day.
Temperature also plays an important part in how effective your exercise is. Too cold and your muscles will be susceptible to injury, whereas a warmer body leaves joints and muscles more flexible. As you go through the day you naturally warm up, so afternoon has its bonuses.
This is also the time of day when your heart rate and blood pressure are at their lowest – all helping to prevent injury.
If it’s a morning work-out you prefer, then you’re likely to find yourself sleeping better, since working out late in the day can disrupt sleep.
And if it’s all about burning fat, research has shown that a morning workout can help burn up to 20 per cent more body fat if you’re exercising on an empty stomach.
No matter if you prefer morning or afternoon, it’s best to find a consistent pattern that works with your day.