Never Do This One Exercise Before Bed (2 of 2)
Exercising Late At Night? Try These Exercises
It’s understandable that not everyone has the time to exercise in the morning or afternoon. In some situations people only get the time late at night. If that’s the case, there are several alternative exercises that you can try out.
First, Sleep.org suggests that you do low-to moderate-intensity exercises before bed. When you do low-intensity exercises before bed, you’re still getting the health benefits of exercise without boosting your heart rate and body temperature.
Examples of activities that fit into this category are things like pilates, stretching, and meditation poses.
If you want to get to higher intensity than that, activities like walking, riding a stationary bike at low resistance or swimming are fine. Yoga is also fine and can even provide further benefits, as these types of workout are designed to help your body to relax – making it easier to sleep.
Want To Workout At The Ideal Time? Try The Afternoon
Of course, there is no issue with working out beyond that scope. Working out in the morning gives you the energy to face the day and around lunch time can help you work up an appetite as well.
But if you’re looking to improve your sleep, the best time to do a workout is in the afternoon. A 2006 study published in Sleep and Biological Rhythms found that people who exercised in the afternoon got to enjoy better sleep.
Going into details, the study found 70 percent of people who worked out between 4 pm and 8pm reported that they had an easier time falling asleep. 66 percent then reported they experienced deeper sleep and 65 percent said they woke up feeling better when working out between those times.
So if you’re looking for the ideal time to be working out, why not try exercising during that time?
Your body will thank you.