Exercise can help you lose weight whether you do it in the morning, during the day, or at night. If you are a night owl, or if you have more free time at night, you might want to schedule night exercise sessions because you will be more likely to stick with them. Fitting exercise into your schedule helps you burn calories and works your muscles, which are main components to losing weight and feeling good about your body. You might also experience other benefits as well such as enhanced sleep, a happier mood and more energy while you are awake.
Plan your exercise time so that it fits into your schedule, leaving you at least an hour or two to wind down before you go to sleep. Exercising often raises your energy levels, which can make it difficult to fall asleep right away. If you do not have enough time to relax after your workout, it might be best to wake up an hour earlier to workout instead of doing so at night.
Eat dinner at least an hour before heading to your workout so that you don't feel full while exercising. Snack on something healthy, such as an apple and a low-fat yogurt, after your workout to replenish the nutrients that you lost during your workout. Don't be afraid of gaining weight by eating a snack after exercising as long as you make sure that it is healthy. Eat your main meal of the day at lunch so that you have more time to burn off calories throughout the afternoon and evening.
Drink plenty of water before, during and directly after your workout. This will help you feel replenished and full so that you do not crave unhealthy foods that can cause you to gain weight. Drink a sports drink that contains electrolytes if you sweated a lot during your workout so that your body can fully recover as you sleep.
Eat breakfast and lunch during the day. Make sure that you do not eat more calories than your body needs throughout the day, and eat in regular increments, for optimal weight loss. Healthy foods such as lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and healthy fats provide your body with the fuel and nutrients that you need to have the energy to work out each night.
Choose an activity that you enjoy for your exercise sessions, and change it up occasionally to avoid burnout. A strength training routine that takes place two or three times per week, combined with three or four aerobic workouts, can help raise your metabolism as well as burning calories. Strength training activities include lifting weights, yoga, and Pilates. Aerobic activities include jogging, cycling, aerobics classes and swimming. All of these activities can be done at night as well as during the day.