If your morning starts early and a midday workout isn't an option, an evening workout might be the only time that fits into your busy schedule. Even though the sun stays out later during Summer, getting into the groove of consistent nighttime workouts can prove to be tough for people who prefer to exercise in the morning; if you can relate, remember these tips to make your late-night workouts a better experience.
Time your meals right: Eating a big dinner and heading straight to a workout can zap your energy and lead to digestion issues. No matter what time of day you choose to exercise, make sure to plan your workout two to three hours after your meal . This might mean eating dinner at the office before you head to the gym or having a light post-workout meal ready to go once you get home. Try eating at different times to find that sweet spot that supports your workout performance.
Stay hydrated: Dehydration can lead to cramping, lack of energy, and a slew of other issues that can hinder your workout. Make sure you're drinking water all day long at the office plus right before, during, and after your workout. Not only will this ensure the best workout possible, but you'll also wake up the following morning feeling energized and ready to take on another busy day.
Go in with a plan: If your only option is working out late at night, chances are, your schedule is pretty tight. Instead of wasting any precious time dawdling around the gym, show up with a plan in place. You can always head to a group fitness class or print out one of our challenging cardio routines , but remember: you can always get an effective sweat session in at home with all our video workouts .
Dress the part: When you love to exercise outdoors, it can be tough to drag yourself into the gym — just because you have to work out later doesn't mean you can't get outside! With that said, it's important to be extracautious with your routine and your workout wardrobe late at night. If you'll be hitting the streets, stay safe with reflective gear, and while it might be tough, consider leaving your headphones at home, so you'll be more aware of your surroundings. Check out our other tips for outdoor nighttime workouts .