When’s the Best Time to Work Out?

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While some people are up at the crack of dawn to lace up their running shoes to workout at their favorite studio, others can’t fathom a workout before noon. Finding the perfect time to exercise is as much about personal preference as it is physiology. Exercise is supposed to feel good—but if muscles are tight in the morning or working out to late disrupts sleep, it can feel counterproductive.

Morning Perks

It’s sometimes easier to keep a morning workout routine consistent. Afternoon and evening workouts are more likely to conflict with other responsibilities as the day progresses. Plus a full day’s work can take a serious toll on willpower—which can overcome any gym-goer’s best intentions.

Morning workouts might also be a good option for stress-free snoozing. Since exercise increases heart rate and body temperature, working out too late in the evening (generally after 8 p.m.) may disrupt, while one study showed that working out at 7 a.m. (compared to 1 p.m. or 7 p.m.) may help people sleep more soundly at night.

Finally, one study found that 45 minutes of moderate morning exercise (like walking briskly on the treadmill) helped curb appetite directly after working out. Research also shows that people can burn up to 20 percent more body fat exercising on an empty stomach—much easier to do first thing in the a.m. than at night.

Afternoon Advantages

Plenty of people tout the benefits of early morning sweat sessions, but if you can’t fit in a workout before noon, don’t sweat it. Research suggests the body could adapt to regular gym dates, so if we hit the weight room every day at 4 p.m., eventually we might perform better at that time than at any other time of day. These findings are similar to earlier research, which suggests that sticking to a specific workout time can result in better performance, higher oxygen consumption, and lower perceived exhaustion. But scheduling a workout is more complicated than choosing a number on the clock.

Your body’s core temperature is an important factor in determining the quality of exercise. A cold body leaves muscles stiff, inefficient, and susceptible to sprains, whereas higher body temperatures leave muscles more flexible.  Body temperature typically increases throughout the day, so muscle strength and endurance may peak in the late afternoon, when body temperature is highest. The afternoon is also when reaction time is quickest and heart rate and blood pressure are lowest, all of which combine to improve performance and reduce the overall likelihood of injury.

The Bottom Line

In the end, it’s most important to find a realistic, consistent workout schedule, no matter what the time. If working out in the morning is best for your schedule, just make sure to warm up muscles that might be cold and tight from sleep. And to keep afternoon workouts consistent, treat them as unbreakable appointments, find a workout buddy, and keep a gym bag in the car or office to minimize excuses.

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Ever Feel Like Your Body Is Working Against You?

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Here’s how to stop dieting and start feeling, eating, and living better.

1. You find freedom in your eating.
2. You enjoy foods made with real ingredients, including fat.
3. You realize you’re no longer addicted to sugar.
4. You feel at peace with your body.
5. You lose weight (and keep it off).

This is what many people call “losing weight without trying.” Once you let it go, you eat real foods, you no longer focus on calories, counting points and on eating less, the physical weight starts to go away, and so does the emotional weight of all your past self-imposed restrictions. You fit into your jeans again and you have more energy.

And this makes you feel in control and really alive.

Sure, the change might be slow, and it might be difficult to adjust your thinking if you’ve been dieting and depriving yourself for a long time. It does take consistency, but chances are you’ll enjoy it a lot more as well as feel happier and proud of yourself.

Guruz Fitness Studio is dedicated to helping individuals eat more real food, boost their energy and feel good in their body. You can join our tribe too.  Contact us at Guruz Fitness Studio

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Small Group Training VS Personal Training: Which One is For You?

It all comes down to your goals—and what motivates you to get moving!
Looking to find some renewed workout motivation? You’re not alone.

The middle way: Small Group Training

Small group training is the best of both worlds. You get the attention to detail, help with technique, as well as the group energy of support and encouragement that comes with a community.  Coaches have groups of 2 to 8 people through strength-building, heart-pumping circuits and indoor cycling classes.  Small group training allows for lots of modifications and alternate exercises geared toward each of our client’s needs and goals. People work harder and smarter in a small group.  When you have a room of fun people (versus just one fun trainer) it creates an environment that really does feel more fun—and humor and camaraderie no doubt ease those not-very-fun moments of a workout.

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Personal Training

If someone is looking for training that will be relationship-based,  works on your schedule, and 100% focused on you, then private one-on-one personal training is the best bet.  The personal trainer is going to gear every workout, exercise, repetition, and set towards the client’s main goal—whether it’s to trim down for a role or reach a goal weight (As long as their diet plan remains in check). Personal trainers do whatever it takes to make that happen. Private personal training can be safer than working in groups, if your new to exercise or have been out to the game for a while because the trainer is focusing on one person’s moves, form, biomechanics, and breathing technique. If a client has a dragging shoulder, or their breathing is off, or any other minute discrepancy, it can be corrected immediately.  We also recommend private personal training sessions to all our Small Group Training Clients to improve form and techniques.

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Still not convinced?  Visit Guruz Fitness, where you have the options to have a Private Personal Training Session or Small Group Training.

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