Sports: Mornings, Midday or Evening?
“The early bird catches the worm” is a familiar saying. But does that mean that sport is most effective in the morning? If you believe studies regarding this topic, even a morning person can benefit from a morning workout, as time tells when the body’s performance potential is at its highest. The body has the greatest performance potential between 9am and 11am and in the afternoon from 4pm-7pm. More and more gyms are staying open 24/7. Yet Professor Ingo Froböse from the German Sport University Cologne, in contrast to the Welt, is critical of this. Whenever possible, athletes should not “remove their bodies from their natural sleep-wake rhythm.” Especially for shift workers, this is much easier said than done. Those who want to or have to work out later need a much longer warm up, according to Professor Froböse. That way the body temperature can be raised high enough for an efficient work out at night. After the night work out two to three hours are needed to navigate the body to sleep mode. Suitable for evening training are sports that require endurance such as gymnastics, yoga or swimming.
More Satisfaction through Sports
Whether in the early morning or late at night, integrating your work out into your daily routine is essential. That way you can meaningfully fill time gaps during your day and thoroughly enjoy your training. Working out at unusual times often requires a lot of motivation and discipline. You should even pay attention to your own body sensations. Nutrition and the digestion period are especially important aspects of a proper work out. The best way to figure out what your body needs is to constantly test it out. Find out what type of sport at what time of day is the most satisfying and bearable for your body. Studies from the German Sport University in Cologne have shown that fitness can have clear effects on wellbeing. Subjects of a four-week training program were significantly more satisfied with their appearance, health, leisure, and overall satisfaction. That’s enough proof to make you want to throw on your gym shoes!