What Are The Best Times to Work Out On Ellipticals?
🕒Best Time in the day to work out on your elliptical
The elliptical trainer is the perfect investment for effective physical activity at home and choosing the number of sessions per week that best suits your schedule. Used on a regular basis, at least three workouts per week, the elliptical trainer will ensure weight loss and a slimmer figure in a short period of time. But what few people know is that with two equal workouts, at two different schedules, you won’t get the same results. So what are the best times of day to get in the saddle and burn the most calories and stay in shape? Here are a few tips for effective workouts.
🕒 After 10:00 a.m., and before lunch…
Contrary to some preconceived ideas, doing sports with an early morning fast is not necessarily a good idea. You will burn many more calories, but the fat lost will be replenished by the body during the day to compensate for this sudden and unexpected loss. It is actually advisable to do the elliptical after 10am. Your digestion is complete (provided you have avoided snacking), and your insulin level, a hormone produced during digestion, is at its lowest, allowing you to draw from the body’s fat faster. Being physically active in the morning is also a great way to manage the stress of the day ahead of time.
🕒 Between 4pm and 6pm
For the same reasons as before lunch, doing the elliptical at the end of the afternoon is the best way to burn fat faster. If you haven’t had a snack in the meantime, full digestion is complete and you’re at your best. This is also the time of day when the body is the hottest, and the muscles are therefore the most prepared for intense effort. More efficient, your muscles will also allow you to be more enduring, and to improve your performance in a short period of time.
⚠️ Schedules to avoid
While it is advisable to use your elliptical trainer between 10 am and noon and between 4 pm and 6 pm, it is not advisable to use it immediately after a meal of any kind. Intense physical exertion while you are in the midst of digestion will only upset your stomach and cause stomach aches. Exercising too late in the evening (less than two hours before going to bed) is also not a good idea. This will disturb your sleep cycle and even if you are very tired after a sports session, you may find it difficult to fall asleep. As mentioned above, running on an empty stomach is also to be avoided, especially in the morning when the body is still not fully awake.
Don’t take our word for it, try it yourself
Each person is his own individual. That being said, John may get more results if he works out on his elliptical machine before 10 am, and Maria probably gets more results when she works out at night, and also gets a solid 8-hour sleep, even if she trains 30 min before going to bed. Our recommendations outlined above will work for the majority of people, but if you think that your body responds well to other schedules, just go for it and don’t follow a strict scheduling regime. As a general rule it is best to work out at anytime, than to not work out at all.