I've read a few articles, here on SP and elsewhere, that claim first thing in the morning workouts are best. The reason is they get your metabolism up and burning fat, and somehow it keeps it up so your burn more fat doing "regular things" during the day.
Working out at night just before bed is bad because it gives you energy and makes it very difficult to sleep.
Truly, your BEST BET is to go to bed the same time as your wife and get up earlier than you normally do and exercise in the morning.
Good luck. My girlfriend has trouble moving in the morning too, and I don't think an earthquake would get her out of bed to early to exercise.
"There are no shortcuts to anywhere that is worth going."
Pounds lost: 91.2
Fitness Minutes: (121,654) Posts: 31,744 1/3/09 7:36 P
I've got a little bit of time off. I'd found when I was unemployed that I felt great working out right after lunch. My job is 8 - 5 and I usually try to take a half hour lunch so I can head home earlier. Working out during lunch break never worked out for me. The 10 minute walk might. Hadn't tried that yet.
When the weather was nice, I'd go for walks with my wife after supper. Not really an option in winter time in Ohio. It's dark when I get home from work. Plus she's pregnant so I think long walks are out!
I think I'll try after lunch while I can and then do the 3 workouts of 10 minutes each once I head back to work.
current weight: 214.2
Fitness Minutes: (4,531) Posts: 1,333 1/3/09 3:12 P
Personally I prefer to work out first thing in the morning. I get up about an hour earlier than I need to and just get started. It makes a huge difference in my day. I have more energy, am less hungry and never get that 3:00 slump.
That being said, really, the best time of the day to workout is at whatever time you can, as long as you do!
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
I work fulltime and find it very difficult to cut back on the lunches so I just give in and have a good (healthy) lunch then have a very light dinner. The first few days you feel hungry but if you can stick it out in about a week or so I found that I don't feel hungry at dinner time and can just have a very light snack - rather than a meal - and my weight has benefited tremendously from that.
With that schedule then I can do wii fit without worrying about a full stomach.
My gaol is to committed at least 30 minutes a day. However, i am having so much fun that 30 minutes easily turns in to an hour. Now , that I have to go back to work and my kids hectic schedule, i am wondering how my daily body test will be effect. I am also wondering if I should eat heavier at lunch and lighter dinners. There will be some days that I wont be home until 8 pm.
current weight: 153.9
Fitness Minutes: (22,773) Posts: 3,894 1/3/09 9:06 A
Building on what Mommy_T said, maybe you could get a 10 minute walk in before work by getting there 10 minutes early, then head out for 10 minutes at lunch and then 10 minutes before you sit down to eat dinner.
Also, would your wife be interested in doing something with you after dinner - that would let you spend time with her as well as get your exercise in.
Of course there is always getting up early to squeeze in a little workout time and it really only takes a couple of weeks for your body to get used to it.
Let us know what you end up doing - I'm always interested to learn new ways to squeeze in exercise during a busy day!
"You can go a long way with a smile. You can go a lot farther with a smile and a gun." - Al Capone
Pounds lost: 7.0
Fitness Minutes: (57,160) Posts: 12,183 1/3/09 12:16 A
Well, when I read your thread title, I instantly thought, "what works best for you"...lol.
but my suggestions....do you have a lunch hour? You could do 10-20 minutes then. You could go home, squeeze in 10-20 minutes before dinner, or right after) and still have time with the wife...unless she's in bed by 6, in that case, you can exercise then and still have a while before you "have" to be asleep.
Even 2-3 good 10 minute sessions will work if you don't have time for one 30 minute session. You could also have a longer session on Sat. or Sun. or both to make up for the short times during the week.
There are also some ideas for basic strength training while working, like tightening and loosing your ab muscles.
~MT~ Central US (formerly Mommy_T) Zahari Skyhorn, Elite Ranger Half-Elf, Corinthium
Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne
During the holidays I visited the in-laws which turned out to be a great thing except one thing: people who like you tend to feed you. A little too well in this case! I really want to get down to a healthy weight in 2009 to get rid of this stupid sleep apnea...
Two things I've decided I need fixed health-wise. If I cut back on how much I eat, I always end up eating junk food when I get hungry. I figure if I just eat the same amount & eat healthy, I'll lose weight.
The other thing - I just need to exercise more but I can't seem to find a good time to do it. I'm not a morning person, pretty much work 8 - 5, and when I get home I have supper and spend some time with my wife before she heads for bed. That leaves the only time I can work out with my current schedule right before I go to bed. Which means I end up having problems falling asleep! Any suggestions? Is there some time that you find is a good time for you to work out?
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.