Working out in the afternoon: is it more beneficial? Working out in the afternoon: is it more beneficial?

Working out in the afternoon: is it more beneficial?

Here’s all you need to know before starting working out in the afternoons

Working out midday is a great way to relieve stress. Lunchtime workouts are great because they work as stress relief and you can go back to work feeling so much better and handle everything in a stress-free manner.

Also, lunchtime workouts break up the workday and help you return to your desk invigorated and refreshed.

If you tend to get low energy and lethargic in the afternoon, you may consider pushing your workout to after lunch for a late afternoon workout. A study in the Journal of Physiology found that exercising between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. can help reenergize and help improve focus.

Being in the middle is awesome

For those who are not comfortable with super early birds workout or late evening sessions, afternoon workouts work perfectly. These sessions are great because you are a little more alert so you have this boost of energy to help push you during your workout.

You often have optimal energy levels because you’re able to digest lunch beforehand, and you’re not yet starving for dinner.

The biggest disadvantage: it’s unrealistic for most

If you work a 9-5 job, you may find it difficult to stick to your plan to workout, even if you intentionally carved out time (or if you work from home). Inevitably, the day might get away from you and it's easy and understandable if you need to prioritize your work over your workout.

If you tend to feel like the day slips away from you quickly, afternoon workout sessions might not be for you.

Working out is important for everyone and it’s a very personal decision whether to do it in the mornings, afternoons or evenings. All of them have their advantages and disadvantages, just choose the one that suits you better.

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