Exercising in the evening or at night can be a great way to lose weight. Here are a few simple suggestions for a nighttime workout to help with weight loss.
A serving of something high in protein is a big help. If at all possible, have a serving of whey protein before you head off to the gym or other exercise activity. Whey protein digests very quickly to give your body a ready supply of amino acids which is critical to repairing muscle tissue. Fifteen to twenty grams of protein will get your body ready to build muscle and burn fat.
Resistance training is the best workout to burn more fat. Training with weights burns fat while you’re working out and also increases your metabolic rate for up to 48 hours. Training at night can also help to relieve stress and blow off steam after a long hard day. Since the body repairs muscles while you sleep, training at night may actually decrease your muscle soreness the next day, due to the proximity to bedtime.
Add cardiovascular training to your routine immediately after your resistance training workout. A cardio workout at this point will directly target body fat. Cardio is also cumulative, so you could do a short session in the morning and then another at night, rather than one long workout.
Make sure to get some post-workout nutrition. If you work out and then go to bed without having anything to eat, your body will have no nutrients to repair damaged muscle tissue. If you do a weights workout, take in 30 to 50g of protein, 60g of carbohydrates and 30g of healthy fats. For cardio workouts, you do not need the extra carbs, but keep the proteins and fats, which will help your body repair itself and burn more body fat.
Stretch well after your night workout and spend some time sitting quietly and practicing deep breathing before you go to bed so that your body can transition to sleep mode. Experiment with the amount of time you need to become sleep-ready. Be sure to get at least seven or eight hours of sleep for proper recovery. Irregular sleep patterns inhibit the body’s ability to burn fat and build muscle.
Keep in mind that you don’t necessarily have to go to the gym to work out at night to assist with weight loss. Something as simple as a walk around your neighborhood will burn calories to assist in your weight loss goals.