What Happens To Your Body When You Start Working Out Before Going To Bed

Written by Indrani Karmakar  • 

Most of us have crammed up our lives into a timetable that leaves very little time for exercise. While ideally, we must work out earlier during the day, it is not always practical. Those who have day jobs can only find time to work out after their shifts are over, and that is late in the evening. Now the common notion is, if you work out before going to bed, you will not be able to fall asleep quickly. However, that is not true if done the right way. Here in this article, we have explained a few things that will happen to your body if you choose to exercise before going to bed. Read on to know them all.

1. You May Be Able To Train Intensely Later During The Day

You May Be Able To Train Intensely Later During The Day
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There’s a scientific explanation as to why some people experience a surge of energy in the evening. Remember how hyperactive you used to be right before bedtime when you were a child? This is because your core temperature rises between 2 and 6 in the afternoon. You’ll be more motivated to push yourself during your exercises if you workout then. In addition, if you enjoy running, try scheduling some nighttime runs. One research indicated that runners were able to achieve their maximum speed when they ran in complete darkness.

2. You May Be Able To Sleep Better

You May Be Able To Sleep Better
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It’s a common misconception that avoiding exercise in the hours leading up to bedtime would result in better sleep. There is no evidence that regular exercise reduces the quality of sleep. However, high-intensity interval training should be avoided since it disrupts sleep.

3. Your Muscles May Develop Quicker

Your Muscles May Develop Quicker
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Muscle development is promoted by the evening’s testosterone-to-cortisol ratio. The muscle-building benefits are at their peak in the evening. To maximize its benefits, you should prioritize long-distance runs or longer, less intense workouts.

4. It May Help You Release Body Stress

It May Help You Release Body Stress
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All the feelings and ideas we have might make it difficult to fall asleep at night. Yoga or stretches before night are excellent choices here. Doing yoga right before bedtime improves sleep quality. Stress and anxiety are reduced, mental activity is slowed, and deep breathing is encouraged. The latter allows for a higher concentration of oxygen throughout the body.

An effective pre-workout regimen starts long before you put on gym shorts and start pumping iron. Poor planning always leads to shoddy performance. That can result in unmotivated workouts or injuries, both of which sabotage your efforts to get stronger, bulk up, or trim down. To make sure you are prepared to work out, here are some things you need to take care of.

1. Eat Food

Eat Food
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No hard and fast rule says you have to eat something exactly one hour before you work out to have enough energy. Include carbohydrates and protein in your meals whenever possible. To get your carbohydrates, fat, and protein, try some peanut butter on toast. Bananas, apples, and oranges are all examples of fruits that contain complex carbs, a more long-lasting source of energy. You may also use a protein bar or smoothie.

2. Drink Water

Drink Water
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Factors such as gender, age, weight, height, and intensity of exercise influence how much water you need to drink. Athletes consume 20 ounces of water before beginning their workout. You shouldn’t begin drinking water heavily before exercise. The constant need to get up and use the restroom will be an interruption, and you may lose more fluids through urination than you take in.

3. Warm-Up

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Although some people may find using the foam roller to be painful and unpleasant, the benefits of doing so far outweigh the drawbacks. Muscles are bundles of fibers that are attached to one another by tendons and a coating of tissues called the perimysium. That tissue can bunch up during exercise. By using a foam roller, you may loosen up those knots and improve the effectiveness of your muscular contractions. Focusing on what matters most. A dynamic warm-up involves physical activity. Work for each muscle group in turn by doing full-range of motion complex bodyweight or lightweight motions. This will aid in getting the shoulders, knees, & wrists ready to go.

Listening to your “workout” playlist or favorite song might give you a psychological boost. It will also serve to muffle the gym’s annoying background music. Exercising to music at a tempo of 120 to 140 beats every minute (BPM) has been proven to be the most effective. So what is your favorite kind of workout? Let us know in the comments section!


  1. Metabolic Factors Limiting Performance in Marathon Runners, NCBI
  2. Impact of long term Yoga practice on sleep quality and quality of life in the elderly, NCBI
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