Busy busyness often makes us not have time to exercise in the morning or afternoon, so many who choose to exercise at night. But for those of you who like sports at night should be vigilant. Sport, whenever it is, is healthy, but the effect can be detrimental if done late at night. Why is that?
Why is night sports not good for health?
It has to do with the body’s biological clock. When late at night, the body’s biological clock will remind us of the time to sleep. If you force the sport at night, this “schedule” change can outwit the biological clock to regulate how the body functions. As a result, the body so easily sick and quickly tired. So, what are the health effects of night sports? Check out the explanation below.
1. Reduced endurance
Night sports can make the immune system less, because the body will lose so much energy without any enough rest to rest after a day of activity. Moreover, if the intensity of your sport is quite heavy or that requires a lot of power, such as lifting weights or swimming. A weak immune system makes you susceptible to several diseases, such as flu or fever.
2. Easy to breathe
Night air contains less oxygen than morning or afternoon. Well, exercise when the environmental oxygen levels are minimal make you so easily tired and exhausted.
The reason, exercise activities require a lot of oxygen for breathing and blood flow to the heart to be smooth. Lack of oxygen during exercise can trigger shortness of breath afterwards.
3. Difficulty sleeping
Exercising too close to bedtime makes it hard to sleep. Actually this can be overcome by not pushing the sport too heavy. Make your nighttime fitness practice a relaxing and fun sport.
So, sports at night should not be at all?
Night sports are not actually prohibited. You are advised to keep exercising as usual, but it is recommended to slow the rhythm of the sport from the usual. Exercising at night with speed and power is much slower, will make the body so easy to regulate heart rate, breathing and keep hormone levels remain normal. In addition, do not forget to warm up and cool down after exercise. Heating is very useful for relaxing the muscles, improving blood circulation, and helping you prepare for a deeper sleep afterwards.
But to see the connection between exercise types, fitness after exercise, and everyday sleep patterns, you can keep a journal to compare its effects. Later, the results of the comparison between the sports night and its impact to your body can be used as the right reference to regulate day activities.
The American Council on Exercise recommends to keep track of the results of nighttime sports whose contents are:
- Do you easily sleep after a late night sport
- Are you waking up so lethargic afterwards
- What habits and appetites changed
- How do you do the next exercise
By collecting and adjusting the data above, you can compare certain effects and effects on your body. If the effect is not good, you can change your sports time in the morning or evening. You can also change and adjust the exercises you use while exercising. If there is no specific effect, you can continue the habit of sports at night with the portion of exercise that fits and keep the food intake so as not to pose another risk later on.