Workout at Night?

Are you a night owl? If you are, then you probably find it easier to do some activities later in the evening or at night, like studying or working out. For you, the idea of a local Palm Desert gym working 24 hours a day is simply fantastic.

Some fitness instructors claim that people sometimes dismiss evening workouts because they are simply looking for an excuse not to work out. Think about it, if you only had the time to exercise in the evening or later, when you are already tired, maybe you would also try to get out of it.

On the other hand, some Palm Desert gym-goers fear that doing exercise at night may interfere with their sleep. While exercise influences sleep, it doesn’t mean the influence is negative.

Be that as it may, physical fitness is an important thing, and if evenings are the only time when you can devote to it, there are several things to consider. Here are some of them.

Increased body temperature

The body’s core temperature is 98.6 ºF, which is considered a healthy temperature for most people. During a fitness workout, the core temperature rises, which is normal. Temperatures of 104 ºF are unhealthy, however. Still, no matter how much your core temperature rises, it should go back to normal after you’ve rested and hydrated.

Now, your body will need anywhere between 4 and 5 hours to regain resting temperature. This, however, doesn’t mean that you have to wait for 5 hours after exercise to go to sleep. You should feel ‘’cool’’ enough to go to sleep after 30 minutes to 1 hour.

It all depends on what time you normally go to bed and have the time to work out. Most fitness centers offer group classes until 10 or 11 pm, which is still pretty late in the evening, so you don’t have to look for a gym that works 24 hours a day.

The adrenaline rush

During workouts, our levels of epinephrine (a.k.a. adrenaline) rise, which leads some people to believe that all that built-up adrenaline will disrupt sleep. Epinephrine levels are connected with your heart rate. Once your heart rate stabilizes, which normally happens around 30 minutes after a workout, the adrenaline should subside, too.

It also depends on what type of fitness activity you do at night. Boxing and Zumba are different from, say, yoga in that respect. Your epinephrine is likely to increase more if you do the former as opposed to the latter. Still, whatever fitness workout you’re into, if you do it in the evening, make sure you finish an hour before you go to bed so you can sleep tight.

Palm Desert loves endorphins - or do we?

Endorphins are hormones that activate our opiate receptors and have an analgesic effect. Our body releases endorphins during physical exercise. Generally, it sounds like a great thing, doesn’t it? Still, there are people who believe it’s the endorphins that make it difficult to sleep.

So, what’s the truth?

Numerous scientific studies show that endorphins we release during physical exercise actually help us sleep. So, this argument simply doesn’t hold true!

24-hour fitness doesn’t mean 24-hour workout

Fitness experts agree that staying fit and healthy is about finding your own rhythm and exercise with the same regularity every week. Squeezing the workout in the evening every now and again when you have some free time doesn’t do much. It’s time to put your health first – make the time for exercise. World Gym Palm Desert can help you with it – we provide a variety of classes and schedules! Grab your 7-day free pass and try us out for free!