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12/27/12 12:16 A

I do a zumba class or running around 6 pm most nights. After supper and a shower, I'm asleep on the couch usually by 8:30 or 9. I've never been an early sleeper either, so I'm not sure if it is how my body reacts to the workout, but most of the time, it works for me!

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12/26/12 3:54 P

I have always exercised in the evening, the latest was probably 8:00 pm. I have never had a problem sleeping.

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12/24/12 11:55 P

I don't think it's a good idea to always plan on exercising late at night, because it's easy for excuses to come up, but I enjoy going to the gym when it's very quiet and everyone has gone home. It doesn't affect my sleep! Your mileage on that count may vary.

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12/24/12 12:49 P

If I had to exercise at night, it would never get done I'm an AM kinda guy..

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12/24/12 9:55 A

I think whatever time works for you is the right one.

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12/23/12 4:11 P

I'm okay as long as I don't exercise within 2 hours of going to bed.

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12/23/12 3:49 P

I used to work 7pm-7am & sometimes work out before work, which was fine. My daughter, who's in FABULOUS shape (in my profile photo with me), ran the Chicago Marathon at 19, rock climbs, hikes, etc. sometimes exercises after getting off work, sometimes after midnight & that's never been a problem. I think the key is finding the time SOMETIME to exercise. emoticon

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12/23/12 10:50 A

I pretty much have to workout at night. My husband works 3pm-12am so in the morning before I leave for work is the only time Monday-Thursday that I get to see him. I typically workout at 8pm and go to bed around 11pm. I have never had a problem sleeping. I always have a warm shower after I workout, and that makes me ready to sleep.

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12/23/12 10:15 A

For me it depends on the type of exercise. If I run/lift weights late at night, yes I have a problem sleeping. If I am walking, then it's usually not a problem. Also, if my exercise is outside I usually fall asleep right away, because it's winter here and that makes me more tired.

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12/23/12 9:23 A

about 1730 - 1800 I go out for between 30 and 60 minutes

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12/23/12 8:09 A

It usually takes me 2-4 hours to fall asleep once I turn out the light so I don't do anything that could contribute to insomnia including night exercise, caffeine, etc. (I have something called tinnitus that keeps me awake.) But I think even if I didn't have that issue, I still wouldn't -- I just love how much energy I have all day when I work out first thing in the morning. I wouldn't want to "waste" that!

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12/23/12 7:00 A

Some people have difficulties getting to sleep while their body is still wound up. But many others have no problems.

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12/23/12 4:46 A

The latest I have exercised is 9pm and I go to bed around 10.30. Never had problems sleeping.

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12/23/12 2:45 A

Do you exercise before bed? Does it keep you up? I don't have problems sleeping usually, but I was wondering what other people think about it.

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