The $10.00 answer is…… Wait for it…… The best time for you to walk is the time that you decide to do it! Walking can only do you good if you do it! The best time to walk is the time that will fit best into your daily schedule so you can do it consistently. Experts agree it’s not the time of day that matters as much as finding the time you can set aside consistently for your walking workouts.
There is a growing consensus out there that people who would like to commit to a daily walking regimen prefer doing it in the early hours of the morning. For them, it starts their day off on the “Right Foot” (sorry, just had to say it!). Even though studies show that your body temperature is at its lowest 1 to 3 hours before awakening, making the morning a time of naturally lower energy and blood flow. Also, you can experience cold, or stiff muscles, from the inactivity that occurs during your sleep and if you do not properly stretch prior to stepping out your door, you may be more prone to an injury. Be sure to warm up well before doing a higher speed workout, and do gentle stretching. But those that leave the sheets and lace up their sneaks say that it’s worth a couple of minutes of getting your mindset on to look the new day in the eye and do something positive for YOU!
People who embrace an early morning walk found that by doing so, they found that they were able to adopt the walking habit more easily by stepping out early in the morning, rather than trying to work in the time during a lunch break or after a work-day when other commitments may take a precedence over their lacing up the walking shoes.
Below are a few other known benefits of getting your morning walk under your belt early:
A study found reduced attraction to photos of food after a 45-minute brisk morning walk and more activity throughout the rest of the day.
Fewer distractions and schedule interruptions.
You find it easier to stay focused more than by not having that morning walk.
You can make time for exercise by getting up a bit earlier.
Raises your heart rate and metabolism to burn more calories earlier in the day.
Gives a feeling of physical energy for hours.
Morning exercise improves your mental acuity for hours.
Cooler temperatures in summer for enjoying outdoor exercise, compared with later in the day.
Lowest air pollution levels in the morning.
Your body adjusts to your exercise time, so if you are training for a morning walking event, train in the morning.
Studies have shown that it is easier to commit to walking if you set yourself up with goals to achieve. The best way to mark and hit those accomplishments is by tracking your progress. And one of the best ways to track that progress is by using a good reliable pedometer or activity monitor. As far as a good pedometer goes, we like the Omron HJ-327T With it being wireless, it allows you to transfer your fitness data wirelessly to your smartphone with the Omron Fitness app. Featuring Bluetooth Smart technology, the Alvita Wireless Tracker records regular steps, aerobic steps, distance, and calories burned so you can set realistic goals and check progress along the way.
Or you can go one step further and get yourself a good Activity Monitor, Watch. The Garmin Vivosmart, not only tracks all the relevant data as you walk your way healthy. But it is also a wrist based heart rate monitor! And one of the nice features of this watch is that it lets you know your in-activity state, by means of a “Move Bar”. There have been many studies that suggest that even if you exercise regularly; sitting for prolonged periods has been increasingly linked to many health problems. The Move Bar will let you know when it is time to get up and move around. How cool is that?
So no matter what time of day you determine is best for you. The only real thing that matters is that you DO IT!