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What's The Best Time To Workout?


Is it better to exercise in the morning, or later in the day?

Let your circadian rhythms be your guide. In the afternoon or early evening, your core temperature is warmer. A warm core makes your muscles and joints more supple, which helps you avoid strains and sprains. That makes afternoon or early evening ideal for exercises that tap your muscles, like strength training, stretching, and interval workouts.

Schedule During Quiet Hours
Don't put exercise time in a place where it will easily be pushed aside by something more important. Right after work or first thing in the morning are often good places to put it. Lunch-hour workouts might be too easy to skip if work demands start mounting.

Mornings are good too!

On the other hand, if endurance activities are more your type -- long brisk walks or bike rides -- morning may be better. Your body’s core is cooler early in the day, which can make endurance activities seem less tiring. And there is less risk of overheating. But a good warm-up will be key, since your muscles are likely to be stiffer in the mornings.

No-Sweat Scheduling
Tune up your muscles, lungs, and heart with these well-timed workouts:
Mornings: Get energised. Walk your way to a slimmer you -- in your own home!

After-noons:
Muscle up your midday. It can be quick and easy. Then, get flexible with a chi-gong exercise.

Evenings: Stretch yourself to sleep. It really helps.
Stuck in an exercise rut? Get tips on diversifying your fitness portfolio -- and make long-term health gains.



April 1, 2010
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