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When do you exercise?

I'm just curious as to when people actually exercise. Is it possible to have a different time of day for different days in the week? Anyone work out in the evening, about an hour before bed and find that it affects sleep either beneficially or adversely?
I'm really trying to come up with a schedule, but I don't even know what that really means to me. Any advice is appreciated!

Tue. Jan 17, 10:18pm

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I have been wondeing a similarily to it more benificial to work out during the day....would the time & energy I spend working out at night get me farther if I did it in the morning or afternoon?? im not sure myself, i cant help thinking that it may be a bit better in the day, thinking it may burn more fat and/or calories. Once again, Im not sure though. I mostly work out at night, because that is usually the only opportunity i get to do it...but if I knew for sure, that it would b way better to do it during the day....I would figur out something to juggle it in.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006, 11:01 PM

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I think it just depends on you - whether or not you're a morning person or a night person. For me personally I'm definitely a night owl, and so I have more energy in the afternoon/evenings, but as part of my new years goals, I have been trying to get my workouts done in the mornings. It actually FEELS better to have them done in the morning. Not only is it done for the day, but it helps me to stay on track with my eating better throughout the day.

Even though people will debate over whether or not there is proof that it is better to do it in the morning vs. evening, it doesn't matter. You're going to burn the same amount of calories whether you do it at either time as long as you put the same amount of energy into it.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006, 11:12 PM

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My work and family don't lend themselves to a very regular schedule, so I just workout whenever I get an hour free, sometimes on my lunch hour, sometimes in the evening, in the morning on weekends. Maybe a regular time would be better, but I'm just happy if I get at least three workouts a week!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006, 11:23 PM

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yep - best time to work out is when you're most likely to actually do it. I like working out in the evening because I find it relaxing to do so after a stressful day. And I think that because I grew up doing lots of outside, physically demanding work that I sleep better because I associate tired muscles with a good day's work. According to my doctor evening workouts usually wake people up, but not me.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006, 12:07 AM

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I currently work out 9am-12pm, but I do occasionally take a yoga class at 8pm or do a toning video at midnight. I can't say that I've noticed any effect on my sleep unless you include peace of mind that I did something good for my body. I do, however, note an increase in overall energy levels throughout the day on my current routine, though I don't know if time of day has anything to do with it.

I would suggest not planning to workout the morning after a late night workout. It feels kind of weird, like the quest for fitness is taking over your life.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006, 12:39 AM

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I work out in the evenings because that's when I actually have time...

However, I'm hoping to eventually retrain myself to get up earlier and work out befor going to the office... I wonder if it will help my concentration throughout the day....

Wednesday, January 18, 2006, 1:04 AM

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I do cardio in the morning and strength training or pilates in the evening.
I find it easier if I get the cardio out of the way as soon as I get up, and then I feel better for the rest of the day just knowing that I've done something.
Doing pilates in the evening just helps me relax after a long stressfull day at work. I find it helps me sleep better because it gets rid of the stress that's been building up all day.
But as with everyone else my workouts revolve around my schedule. Breaking it up into two seperate workouts is the only way I can squeeze it all in.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006, 8:32 AM

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I work out in the evenings, after work and dinner have digested. :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2006, 8:56 AM

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I work out at lunch time which I know is not possible for most. I LOVE it. I feel more productive at my job and my workouts are more effective because I feel like I really have to give it my all because I'm on limited time.

Here's my true confession: I just blow dry the sweat back in to my hair. If I think about that too long I get sort of grossed out but then I think, "do you want perfect hair or a healthy, confident body?" The healthy body wins everytime!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006, 10:20 AM

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I work out right after work - come home, put on gym clothes, and right back out the door. If I sit down for even like 5 minutes, I'm staying in for the night! But once I get to the gym, I can stay for as long as it takes.

To do this, though, the days that I plan to go to the gym, I have to make sure to eat something around 3:30pm (get off work at 5), b/c otherwise I'm starving when I get home and want to eat, then I need to wait until I digest, and by then, I have no motivation left... So those days I eat a smaller lunch so I have some calories left over for the afternoon snack.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006, 10:51 AM

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