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The Surprising Benefits of Working Out at Night

In my 20s, I was all about heading out to the clubs on Friday nights. But instead of strapping on stilettos, I was lacing up my cross-trainers and hitting another kind of club—the health club. That’s right, I was one of those poor saps you see through the gym window, sweating through a workout while everyone else headed to a bar, the movies, or a restaurant. People strolling by probably felt sorry for me. But here’s the truth: I loved it. My evening sweat fests were not only some of the most intense workouts I’ve ever done, they were also the most fun. But what about all the dire research warning against evening exercise? Maybe you’ve heard that p.m. sweat sessions could bring on insomnia. Or that evening exercisers are less likely to stick with a workout routine. (Hey, at the end of a long workday, TV can be more tempting than the treadmill.) But I maintain that if you do the right workout, it’s way more entertaining than back-to-back episodes ofScandal and How To Get Away With Murder. (Sorry, Shonda!) Turning down karaoke for kickboxing hasn’t always been my M.O. though. I adopted this routine because it was simply the only time that exercise fit into my schedule. But once I realized all the amazing perks of nighttime workouts (including the crazy group of night owls that became my close friends), I was hooked. If you’ve got your morning mojo working for you, by all means keep up your a.m. exercise. But for those of us that dread waking up at the crack of dawn and naturally have more energy at night, here are 12 great reasons to join The Society of Evening Exercisers. (Membership has its privileges!) To read more click here!