The Advantages of Exercising at Night

Mathews McGarryHealthy Vision0 Comments

Some people can get up early in the morning and do their share of jogging and exercising before going on with their day. However, not everybody is a morning person, so some can’t get the most out of a morning exercise even if they try. Well, any kind of exercise is beneficial, no matter what time you exercise. If the morning doesn’t suit you, then the night can be your new best friend. Exercising at night can be beneficial in many ways, and here is how:

More Energy

Exercising usually makes you feel more energized, no matter what time of day you choose to do it at. Some people find it best to work out first thing in the morning, but others don’t prefer it because they are still half asleep while exercising. In that case, people cannot get the most of their exercise, thus start their workout at night when their energy level is higher.

You are already fueled up since you ate lunch and snacks, and are more flexible later in the day since your joints are more fluid from being up and about and your muscles are warmed up. You are already fueled up since you ate luch and snacks, have your alread muscles warmed up, and are more flexible later in the day since your joints are more fluid from being up and about. So, if you’re not a morning person, do yourself a favor and sleep longer in the morning, for a better workout in the evening.

Better Muscle Strength

Results from a 1998 study (published in Medicine and Science in Sports Exercise) suggest that maximal muscle strength is contingent on the speed of the workout and varies with the time of day. The participants, men in their early 20s, performed strength tests at 8am, 12pm, 4pm and 8pm, and were observed for finding out how time of day affected muscular performance. It was concluded that muscle strength was greatest in the evening, and that anaerobic capacity is higher in the evening than in the morning. This means that you may be able to exercise at a higher intensity, and longer, than you might in the morning. If you are doing any speed intervals for your training certain days, this may be important.

Fewer People at the Gym

If your training routine requires using a gym, then you know how difficult it can be to access equipment in a packed gym. By exercising at night, you’ll avoid peak times for gyms (mornings, lunch hours and after work) and have greater access to the equipment you need. You can stay on any exercise equipment without time limitations and personal trainers won’t be split between many customers. All this means a longer, more quality workout.

De-Stress

A long, stressed-out day can really wear you out. However, exercising at night, after work, can be a great way to unwind as exercising is one of the best stress-relievers. Instead of sitting, watching TV and eating pizza, jump in your jogging shoes and run a few laps instead (just make sure you wear some reflective gear to stay safe). You will feel better because of the endorphins released from exercise. Go to sleep in a good mood and start the next day the right way.

Sleep Better

It all depends on what kind of person you are, but exercising at night may really help people fall asleep. Aerobic and resistance training may have a similar effect and improve the quality of your sleep. If you have trouble falling asleep, then give it a try and add lifting weights to your nightly training routine.

There are some specific advantages to night workouts, such as metabolic advantages, sleep improvement, peak of muscle strength, and energizing effects. Remember this – exercise whenever you want to, but make sure you stick with it in the long-run. That is the most important component for any workout program.

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