The bustle of life is abundant, it seems there’s never enough time in the day. However – consider changing the perspective. What if looking at time as an endless weightless thing, we instead look at time as an exchange of energy. Then say we go a step further and look at this time as an opportunity to invest in yourself, essentially adding value to your life and your tomorrow. Wouldn’t it be nice, if we added value to our lives by investing to make time for ourselves each day to have more energy? A clearer mindset, positive outlook and better sleep that builds on itself each day like interest on any good investment?
Even just 30 minutes of physically activity that raises our resting heart rate have multiple benefits. From improved digestion, bowl movement, heart health, endorphin release, lymph system movement, mental and emotional improvement and improves our quality of sleep. “Physical activity increases time spent in deep sleep, the most physically restorative sleep phase. Deep sleep helps to boost immune function, support cardiac health, and control stress and anxiety. (Bruce, 2017)
Not sure when to work out?
Got that covered too! For most people with busy lives and can invest only 25-30 minutes daily. Just getting on your sneakers and going for a bike ride, jog, roller blading, weight training or a walk around the block is a win for the books. Now as your progress with your daily physical activity investment, you may change your goals. So are there better times than not for exercise? Well turns out there has been a great deal of data complied to make this easy.
If you are looking to focus on fat burning, shoot for before breakfast, the technique of a fasting workout, can’t do morning? The fat burning cycle kicks back in at the end of the day for a late work out. If you are on a league then the best time for activity is dusk. Looking to focus on endurance and strength? This, like your body weight fluctuate throughout the day as your body temperature changes. The higher your core temperature is related to improved flexibility and better reflexes. Focusing more on strength? Studies find that the optimal levels will be in late afternoon to early evening (the more active you are the high core temp, the more flexibility you have = less tearing on muscle. Less risk of injury)
It may be a hassle but warm ups and cools downs are vital to your investment of exercise. Missing 10-15 minute warm up could result in an injury that will take days to weeks to heal from. Also the cool down helps to increase your metabolic burn so you are still creating a caloric deficit after you leave the gym/ studio. Incorporating infrared body wrap therapy is a highly efficient tool for your health. You are able to increase blood flow, collage for tissue elasticity and healing, while burning up to 1000 calories each session! See you soon.
Blair SN. Physical inactivity: the biggest public health problem of the 21st century British Journal of Sports Medicine 2009;43:1-2