It’s probably been awhile since you thought about working out, huh?
You’ve had a long day and cannot wait to get home, so you change into comfy clothes and catch up on How to Get Away with Murder.
You get home and you see your work out clothes on your desk. Hmmm… To binge watch Netflix and Hulu or to work out?
Well, what the heck! You haven’t worked out in a week (or months) and it would not be bad to run into that cute guy from your chemistry lab who is always at the gym.
So, you get to the gym and start with some cardio. How great is it that you don’t have to wait in line to use the treadmill? For the most part, you won’t have trouble with any lines because the gym is usually full in the afternoons. By the time 8 or 9 p.m. hits, people are leaving to catch up on some homework or shows.
45 minutes after, you are gasping for air but feel surprisingly good. All of the endorphins have kicked in. These are the feel-good hormones that are released when your body is in movement, which help to improve your mood.
All of a sudden you run into Becky with the good hair and a sudden wrath of fire runs through your whole body (as if you hadn’t had a stressful day): How dare she wear your favorite leggings that she stole from you freshman year…
You grab some boxing gloves and give the punching bag a go. Boxing is a great exercise to de-stress. While working your arms and core, it releases all of the tension that you have built up during the day.
All of your energy is focused on that punching bag and you are feeling undefeatable, powerful and above all, de-stressed. The endorphins just keep on coming.
You decrease your punching speed and your arms feel like noodles. All is calm, all is bright. By the time you are done all you want to do is eat, shower and hit the hay.
As you are heading out of the gym, that cute chem lab guy calls your name and invites you for a post-work out dinner. The best post-work out meals have carbs, protein and healthy fats; all of which you both are in need of. Your body needs to replenish all of the lost energy. You have food and a cute guy, what more could you ask for?
Dinner date went great and you agree to meet him tomorrow at the gym for some running. Look at you, you have a routine planned.
You get home, shower and slip into bed. You fall asleep right away because not even a thunderstorm could wake you up. Working out helps you get a better night’s sleep because although it gets your blood rushing through your body, you will feel at ease by the time you get home. Insomnia who?
Long story short, working out at night is a great way to relieve your tension and stress of the day. It is also a substantial alternative if you do not have time to work out in the mornings (or just aren’t a morning person). So get up off your couch and go get that late-night work out in. Who knows, you might run into a special someone.