Late spring, early summer is when a lot of people belatedly decide to work on their beach bodies, but are they doing themselves any good?
A fitness instructor at Drumheller's Badlands Community Facility believes so, although she admits it can be tough keeping a workout schedule.
" Everybody has a problem with motivation: if somebody was to ask me what the best time to work out would be, it's whatever time works best for you and your schedule," advised Amber Leavitt. "For me personally, I like working out first thing in the morning or on my lunch hour."
"If I can't do my workout during my lunch break then I will usually wake up earlier in the day and get my workout done early in the morning," she continued. "Get it done before your brain realises what you're doing: as soon as your brain gets in on it, usually your brain can talk you out of it."
Some exercise gurus advise working out first thing in the morning on the premise that it sets your body up to burn more calories all day. Leavitt admits there might be some scientific basis for that, but stresses the most important thing is maintaining your routine.
"What I advise people is just fit in in whenever it works best for you," she told 99.5 Drum FM. "It might be right after work so that you're not going straight home because there are people who will be done at work, go home and be like I don't want to leave again."
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