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THE RIGHT TIME TO EXERCISE

IS IT BETTER TO EXERCISE AT DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT OR AT TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING? HI, THIS IS ELLEN LEVINE WITH GOOD ADVICE FROM GOOD HOUSEKEEPING.

IF A WORKOUT IS PART OF YOUR REGULAR CONSTITUTIONAL, IT HELPS TO PICK THE RIGHT TIME OF DAY. IF YOU PUMP IRON, FOR EXAMPLE, MORNING IS BEST. THAT’S BECAUSE THE NECK AND LOWER-BACK WORK ALL DAY HOLDING UP
YOUR HEAD AND TORSO, LEAVING MUSCLES FATIGUED. SO YOU NEED TO USE LESS RESISTENCE AT DAY’S END TO AVOID INJURY.

AEROBIC ACTIVITY ON THE OTHER HAND, WHETHER IT’S JOGGING, SWIMMING OR BIKING, IS BEST DONE BETWEEN FOUR AND SEVEN P-M, WHEN THE HEART AND LUNGS ARE STRONGEST AND YOUR METABOLIC RATE IS HIGHEST, SO YOU BURN OFF MORE CALORIES. WORKING OUT LATER THAN THAT, THOUGH, CAN DISTURB SLEEP. AND IF YOU’VE ALREADY EATEN, YOUR HEART HAS TO WORK HARDER TO PUMP BLOOD NEEDED FOR DIGESTION.

IF THESE IDEAS DON’T FIT INTO YOUR BUSY SCHEDULE, DON’T THINK YOU’RE OFF THE HOOK. WORKING OUT AT ANY TIME IS FAR BETTER THAN SKIPPING THE GYM ENTIRELY. THIS IS ELLEN LEVINE.

© 2010 Patrick J. O’Neill