Planning your exercise routine is sometimes the hardest part of the whole process. Most of us work full-time or at least part-time jobs and many have families, spouses and a ton of other issues to deal with every day. It’s important that you create a routine schedule that you can absolutely stick to no matter what. Not sticking to your plan is the primary thing that’s going to inhibit your ability to get healthier and effectively lose weight. While you’re planning your exercise routine, keep in mind this goal: 60 minutes of exercise every day. That’s our goal. Your absolute minimum should be 45 minutes of work out a day, 3-4 days a week. You don’t have to do it all at once but I wouldn’t split it up in anything less than 15-minute intervals; 10-minutes if you’re just ridiculously busy.
I, like many people, have tried and failed thousands of different work-out schedules. It’s not easy to maintain, especially since life is so unpredictable. What I have found is that planning your exercise for the morning hours is usually the best course of action. Working out after you come home from your day job might seem like a good idea but it never fails; there’s always something important that comes up and you have to put it off for “tomorrow.” Tomorrow almost never comes, as far as your exercise regimen is concerned. Aside from being overall easier to maintain, a work-out schedule in the morning has a few other health benefits as well. Working out a little in the morning really gets your blood pumping and can prepare you for the rest of the day. Doing light, aerobic exercise is also most effective when it’s done on an empty stomach; this maximizes the fat you use for energy and minimizes the number of carbs you burn.
If you decide that an even schedule is just going to be a lot easier for you then don’t fret; evening work-outs have specific benefits too. For one, working out makes you tired. If you’ve been having any trouble falling to sleep, a good anaerobic exercise can tucker you out and prepare you for bed. Hard exercise also releases endorphins from your brain; these are chemicals that make you feel good. After a hard day at work, exercise can help reduce your stress levels and make you feel a lot better.
If you haven’t noticed, there’s a pattern here. Aerobic, light exercise is best done in the mornings before you’ve started your day and anaerobic, hard exercise is best done in the evening when you’ve already gone through your day. Ideally, you could mix both of these types of exercise together for the best possible health and weight reduction; if you can schedule your light exercise for the early morning and fit in some weight lifting or swimming laps at night, you’ll be way ahead of the game!