Sync Your Watches As This Is The Ideal Time Of Day To Exercise
There is an ideal time of day to get the most out of your work-out according to a personal trainer.
Some of us are dedicated to that 5.30am spin class -- others swear by their after-work CrossFit session.
According to the folks at TIME, the morning is the ideal time to get physical.
"Working out in the morning -- especially on an empty stomach -- is the best way to burn stored fat, making it ideal for weight loss," wrote Anthony Hackney, a professor in the department of exercise and sport science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Research also found morning exercisers may have less of an appetite throughout the day which could also help them avoid putting on pounds.
Before we all set our alarms for a pre-dawn start we asked Gavin Aquilina, personal training operations manager at Vision Personal Training for his opinion.
Turns out there are various contradictory opinions about the best time of day to work out, Aquilina explained.
TIME is, in a sense, correct -- working out in the morning in a fasted state (which means no breakfast) means your glucose levels are low, which is an optimal state for burning fat.
However, as Aquilina pointed out, this means your carbohydrate levels are also low which isn't great.
"Working out on low energy stores and an empty stomach means you won’t be training at peak performance, and therefore won’t burn as many calories as you’re capable of," he told 10 daily.
This is the case for both cardio and weight training. The harder you push yourself, the higher your heart rate gets and the heavier weights you lift, the more you’ll burn both during and following your workout.
The most basic of principals to follow when working toward fat loss is work to a calorie deficit. Meaning, make sure your calorie output is higher than your calorie intake.
AM to PM
At the end of the day -- pun intended -- there is no 'right' or 'perfect' time to work out according to Aquilina.
"Afternoon and evening workouts are absolutely okay," he said.
We have clients who prefer to work out in the afternoon as it provides a stop, reset and go moment, between work and home.
Another benefit of working out in the afternoon is increased energy, which potentially means you will burn off more calories than a morning session.
In fact, a hard-core arvo or evening sesh can mean that your body continues burning fat during the night as you sleep. Weight-loss while you're snoozing? Sign us up.
As for the rumour that exercise in the afternoon can keep people up all night -- well, that can be true for some.
"For others, working out in the evening actually helps them de-stress and sleep more soundly," Aquilina said.
If you fall into the former group, that doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to your evening sweat session. Sticking to a consistent bedtime routine, reducing screen time and sipping on herbal tea -- caffeine is a no-go-zone from mid-afternoon onwards -- can all help you nod off.
Whatever time of day you decide to work-out, make sure it's the right time for you -- otherwise, it just won't last.
"There’s no point committing to a morning training regime if you have a tendency of hitting the snooze button 12 times!" Aquilina said.
Think about the point in your day when you’re most alert and motivated and what fits in with your lifestyle. When you do find your perfect time stick with it -- consistency is key.
Feature image: The Weinstein Company.