This is Part III in a three part series to help you pick the best time to workout for fat loss. Today I’ll be talking about the pros and cons of evening workouts and of course giving you ideas on how to make the best of them. Check out Part I (Morning Workouts) and Part II (Afternoon Workouts).
Like I’ve said many times so far, consistency matters more than timing. But there are reasons why evening workouts could rise to the top for you…
What are the pros of evening workouts?
#1 You’re less prone to injury
As with afternoon workouts, your muscles are more pliable and you’re less likely to succumb to injuries caused by tightness like you are in the morning. In the evening, you might also be more alert since you’ve been up all day as opposed to when you’re just waking up in the morning.
#2 Your body performs at its best at this time
Research has shown that your body performs at its best at this time of day. So if you’re after performance-based results like how much heavier you can lift or how many more reps you can do, the evening would be your time to workout.
#3 It can be a great way to bond with family
If you choose to include your hubby or your entire family in your workout routine, it can be a great way to bond. You could do a family Yoga class or rock out to a Zumba DVD in the living room and add your own family flava to it.
What are the cons of evening workouts?
#1 Can disrupt your sleep
If you workout too close to bedtime, your workouts can disrupt your sleep.
#2 Is the easiest time of day to skip
And then there’s the fact that it’s easier to miss your evening workouts because of prior family commitments or the reality that dinner has to be made.
How can you make the most of your evening workouts?
#1 As with morning workouts make this time sacred
This is because there are a lot of competing demands on your time and you can’t afford to waffle on your commitment to workout. If you keep the commitment enough times, your family will come to understand that you’re serious about your evening workouts and they’ll start to take it seriously too.
If you choose to, you can involve your family in your workout like I suggested earlier. And if you involve them, you could resist the chance that you’ll skip out.
#2 Allow at least 3 hours before bedtime
This reduces the chance that the energy you’ll generate from working out will disrupt your sleep.
Exercise is an important tool to help you live a healthy lifestyle, but there are more…
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