Exercise: What is the Best Time of Day? (cont.)

Establishing the Exercise Habit

One day, you'll reach a point where daily exercise comes as naturally as breathing. At that point, you may want variety.

"In an effort to stay regularly active, some people change the type of exercise they do and the time of day they do it," says Aldana, author of The Stop & Go Fast Food Nutrition Guide. "Keeping it fresh makes it more enjoyable and more likely to be continued."

But if you're still at the point where exercise is hit or miss, scheduling it for the same time each day will help you make it a habit. Whether you choose morning, lunchtime, or after work to exercise, make it part of your routine.

"People who are just starting out and who exercise randomly are more likely to drop out," White says.

She adds that starting out can be as simple as changing the route you come home from work so that you drive by a gym. "Get into the habit of going that way, and keep a bag of exercise gear in your car or at work," she says.

Published May 28, 2007.

SOURCES: WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic: "Sleep Disorders: Sleep 101." Time-To-Run web site: "Timing Your Workout." Steven Aldana, PhD, professor of lifestyle medicine, department of exercise sciences, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; author, The Stop & Go Fast Food Nutrition Guide. Cedric Bryant, PhD, chief science officer, American Council on Exercise, San Diego. Sally A. White, PhD, dean and professor, College of Education, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.

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