Exercising at Night

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Posted: 23 Jan 2011, 19:01
Just wondering what everyones thoughts were about exercising in the evening. Do you think it makes you weigh heavier the next morning if you exercise before bed? Just curious. Question

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Posted: 23 Jan 2011, 19:08
I don't weigh heavier the next morning. And the only time I can make it to the gym is at night.

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Posted: 23 Jan 2011, 20:50
I end up exercising around 9 pm almost every day, because my son goes to bed at 7, which gives me time to make sure he's asleep, clean up the days disaster areas... and find something mindless on tv to watch while i do so. I don't think it has any difference on my next day weigh in, but I will say... my normal bedtime is between 1:30 and 3... because of the baby's dad's work schedule, and there's no way after a serious workout that i'm going to bed any earlier than that. (I've tried, many many times.) And lack of sleep definitely seems to affect both the way I eat, and my weight. (Uhh, it's a full circle kind of thing though.)

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Posted: 23 Jan 2011, 21:02
I exercise around 7ish - 8ish. So I'm glad you ask this I was wondering the same thing. I really don't think it matters as long as you get it done. I'm up at 5:00am and exercise at that time seems to relax me, but I only do strength training at night M W F. I walk on the inside track in the day before I pick up husband from work.

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Posted: 23 Jan 2011, 23:45
My kinesiology professor told us during a lecture that calories burnt are calories burnt, no matter what time you do it at...with that said, studies show exercising in the morning stokes your metabolism for the rest of the day and increases energy...also exercising in the evening can interfere with falling asleep...but everybody is different. For some people it helps them relax and bottom line if you can only get it in at night, theres nothing wrong with that!

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Posted: 24 Jan 2011, 11:26
I have found that I weigh more in the morning after strength training (not aerobic). I attribute this to water retention due to muscle fatigue.

Daily weight fluctuations are pretty meaningless. Weight is becoming less important as well as a measure of overall health.
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Posted: 24 Jan 2011, 13:02
Most of my exercise is done in the evening hours. If you keep yourself well hydrated by drinking water and make sure to get your post-workout protein in (via food or other means), the increase that many see the next day should be extremely slim or not there at all. If you keep it up, as your body gets used to it, you definitely won't see it at all, except if it's actually reflecting muscle mass built. But when you get to the point of muscle replacing fat affecting your weight, that's a good thing. Or at least that's my take on it.

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Posted: 18 Feb 2011, 08:22
Sometimes I made exercise about 11 pm or even later . So I've got more energy and difficulty to go to sleep. But I am more happy Smile

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Posted: 18 Feb 2011, 09:16
On a lot of days, I will exercise both at night and early in the morning.

It's not terribly strenuous, but I haven't noticed that the night time exercise makes me weigh more the next morning (although the post-workout water and snack makes me weigh more then, but it's usually gone by morning).

And to add one more data point to the "everyone is different" pile, exercising late doesn't keep me awake. If anything, it makes me crash asleep even faster once I lay down....

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