Late Night Workouts

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Posted: 24 Mar 2011, 09:20
Any opinions out there on working out at night, say late at night/shortly before bed? My schedule is beyond hectic with 2 jobs & school. I have class 2 nights a week until 10:00 & on nights I have to work I am never out of work before 9:30. A friend of mine recently joined a gym that's open 24 hours & she goes late at night when she gets off of work, usually around 10:00. This is perfect for me because I have to be honest with myself that 1) I will not go by myself beyond 2 weeks (been there, tried that) & 2) getting up early is not an option. I already get up at 7:00 in order to get the kids to school & that's a serious struggle.

I realize that any exercise is better than none. Just wondering if anyone out there has any insight or if anyone has had any success with late night workouts?

Judgmental/negative replies are really not needed. I am working through this as best I can. Just need a little help & direction in making a plan that will be effective.

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Posted: 24 Mar 2011, 09:25
I have to do this many nights too, out of necessity. I just can't get up at 5am for exercise.

I think it's working out OK, the biggest problem is just that it can cut into the amount of sleep I need. Sometimes, I'm exhausted when I'm done and crash asleep immediately, other nights it keeps me awake and alert later than I need. But overall, it isn't a big problem. Still lost weight and feeling stronger, which is the bottom line.

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Posted: 24 Mar 2011, 09:34
I do this on purpose. I can workout for free where I work but I found that by the time I shower and do the 40 minute drive home I'm starving to the point that I over eat.

I have the biggest weight loss when I eat around 10, 2, and 6. I hop on my recumbent bike around 9 and try to do at least an hour. After I shower I eat two slices of turkey breast for a post workout protein boost and I do not wake up hungry the next morning.

Plus - since my I don't eat a regular meal after working out I tend to be in the same condition when I wake up the next morning so that when I weigh myself I get really consistent results.

I highly recommend it.
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Posted: 24 Mar 2011, 09:51
I'm a Police Officer with a crazy schedule. The majority of fitness professionals state working out first thing after waking up gets the best results for both muscle growth and fat loss. I find that when I workout late at night I have trouble falling asleep. A trainer recommended I try a slow digesting protein post workout. He said the digesting of the protein would send blood flow to my stomach causing the rest of my body to slow down.

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Posted: 24 Mar 2011, 10:05
If it works, it works! I have to do that most of the time because I can't work out when everybody's around, my sisters get up at 7 for school, and I don't wake up at the same time everyday. I might eventually, but my schedule is not scheduled around mine. lol.
I have never had any problems sleeping, so it works. I wake up absolutely starving though.
The only issue is if your sleeping habits are sensitive.

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Posted: 24 Mar 2011, 10:18
Thanks for the great tips everyone. Much appreciated!
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Posted: 24 Mar 2011, 13:17
I do agree that exercising right before bed makes it more difficult for me to sleep, but exercising also gives me more energy and I feel better the next day, with a good nights sleep or not.

Yes, I get ideally getting up and exercising earlier may be better, but it just doesn't work with my schedule. It's hard to push myself unless I've eaten a little something and showered and then I want to shower again after I exercise. I'd have to get up way too early. The times I've tried it on the weekends didn't work out either. The kids were awake and I was interupted constantly.

I ended up signing up for a fitness class that starts after the kids to go to bed- after we did whatever after school/work running around that needs to occur. I try to get additional workouts in on additional nights when the kids are in bed, but find signing up for a class that I paid for is the best way to ensure I do it.

I have discovered tai chi really helps me sleep so I've considered adding it to the end of my workout as a cool down to see if that'd help, but I never remember.

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Posted: 24 Mar 2011, 20:33
I'm absolutely with you 100% i haven’t always found it convenient to exercise in the day in the past either but have still found if i put the work in (no matter what time) it pays off! I agree on behalf of the sleeping pattern though :s and will try looking up the Tai Chi defiantly

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Posted: 25 Mar 2011, 21:43
It's all circumstantial and our bodies adjust to our routine. If your routine works for you and it's healthy, your body will reward you with success if your weight loss goals. If you find that working out late interrupt your sleep I would try drinking a nice hot cup of chamomile tea... this will calm you right down and whisk you into slumber. Also most grocery store sells tea called "Sleepy Time" which has the same effect ..hence the name.

Drink that with a small/mini protein rich snack.. like (Greek) yogurt, or 1tbsp real peanut butter on celery, or hand full dried apricots and almonds, hand full trail mix.... you'll see it will satisfy your hunger and keep you till you wake up.

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Posted: 25 Mar 2011, 22:53
Also, if it interrupts your sleep, taking melatonin when you want to go to sleep is supposed to help. You have to take it at the same time every night, though.

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Posted: 26 Mar 2011, 08:33
Excellant post!! I have always been an AM work out person, but i have recently been going through some streesors that leave me exhausted and in need of more rest. I feel i perform better after a evening chill out period and then a night work out. I feel Its hit or miss with the sleep afterwards. I can be ready for bed or may stay up an hour or so after. Great advice everyone i really was looking for this kinda info.

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Posted: 03 Jun 2011, 08:31
In my experience, i have not seen any difference in working out early, mid day, or at night. Everybody is different and our bodies with adhere to any routine. For some its impossible to workout early. I am a police officer as well and between rotating days off, overtime, details, special assignments, etc that just doesn't work for me.
i prefer night workouts between 1830 and 2030, any later and i won't fall asleep from adrenaline and stuff. however, that time frame seems to suit me well as it expels whatever remaining energy i had from the day and allows plenty of downtime after to settle.

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Posted: 04 Jun 2011, 11:36
Hi... I'm new to this and am working a lot of part time jobs that keep me working 15 hour days right now. No one else I know works this late and to try to go for a walk with someone when I do finally get home is tough. Any suggestions on actual exercises I could do by myself at home when I get home? I won't join a gym... lack of money and motivation play a huge role in that.

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Posted: 07 Jun 2011, 22:01
I walk one mile on my hour lunch breaks, because based on experience I know I won't a) wake up early to exercise b) exercise after work. This is good for a few reasons. If I do it every day, I am working out 5 days a week. Plus, I can, if I so desire, go on a walk with my husband or do some other work out when I get home or on the weekends, and any exercise I get like that is a bonus! Depending on your work/class schedule maybe you could figure something similar out for your own situation if late night workouts don't work out for you.
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Posted: 09 Jun 2011, 14:51
I work full time and school full time so late nights is my only option. I also have a trainer, but as long as you get the job done it doesn't matter when you do it. Yes, you feel better if you do it in the middle of the day, but you can also spread it out such as lunch breaks and right after work. Also, mix it up. Go swimming, or bowling or fun activities plus the workout and cardio. It makes burning fat more fun!

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Posted: 18 Jun 2011, 07:48
I normally have the "luxury", if you can call it that, of being able to workout earlier so the late workout thing usually isn't an issue.

That said, the times I have worked out late for whatever reason, it's killed me because between the accelerated metabolic rate and the day's happenings running through my head, I don't sleep worth a crap. And considering I'm kind of a night owl anyway, that's a major problem for me the next day.

So the bottom line is that if I have to workout late, I skip it.

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Posted: 18 Jun 2011, 15:27
I love working out at night...I will do yoga or something light in the morning but my intense routines I do late nights, shower, then sleep Smile I'm a night owl for for just works.

Take care

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Posted: 18 Jun 2011, 15:51
I usually work out late in the evening and I like it. It does take me a while to fall asleep, but once I do, I sleep like a log!

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Posted: 19 Jun 2011, 13:22
I enjoy doing my Pilates workout in the night before bed, around 10.30 - 11pm for half hour. I find that I sleep very well after my workout, and feel toned and healthy when I wake up the next morning. I have recently started doing the Pop Pilates video workouts on Youtube, which last around 10min each, which ensures I do my 30min.

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