Does working out at night affect your sleep or ability to fall asleep? If it doesn't then there's no reason to place a time cap on how late you work out. Personally, exercising late at night does not keep me up.
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4,525 1/17/12 10:15 A
Finally somebody with a longer commute than me! We have similar schedules but yours *is* longer.
While every BODY is different, I often read or hear to workout at least a 2 hour "buffer" before bedtime. This isn't long enough for me. Like you, I get up so flipping early, I've attempted the 2:30AM wakeup calls for exercise. It's something I suggest you TRY for a week. I did it for about a month and decided it's not for me (as every body is different, I also have lupus, which means I need a LOT of rest -- even if I'm not able to sleep and I need longer for recovery).
Here's one thing I've found REALLY help my long days: 10 minute WALKS during my workday. My company gives a 30" lunch, which isn't very long. I rest during that time. We also get a 10" break AM and PM, so...weather permitting, I walk 1/2 mile during each. One mile isn't impressive but it raises my energy level and increases blood flow -- most importantly, it releases stress (which we all need).
It's worth carving out that time you're SUPPOSED to have for breaks! That gives me 20 minutes of stress-breaking. I do harder workouts but I know those work-walk-breaks do a great deal of good (if they don't burn calories).
As long as it doesn't interrupt your sleep (which will be different for everyone), it's fine to workout later in the evening. One other option might be to have a snack on your drive home, then workout as soon as you get there and eat after.
Well, if possible, I would recommend moving your whole workout to the AM (although it is incredibly early). Depends what you are doing. If it isn't a long overall workout, then at night should really be fine--the biggest concern I would have is missing meals.
You have the right idea, too, rest and recovery are very important if you're working hard. :)
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17 1/17/12 9:20 A
I work ten hour days and drive 3hrs a day so when I get home its 6pm, i rush to eat and then try to put in a work out or walk before I go to bed. How late should I do this to keep from interupting my rest. I get up at 3:15am and do a ten min job on the eliptical and do sit ups and push ups..
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