Light exercise before bed...does it need recovery?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 04, 2011 at 2:05 AM

So, somewhere on here or at Dr. K's site, in the context of not eating for several hours before bed, he (Dr. K/Quilt) commented that to increase fat burning, you could do some exercise right before bed. He specifically said push-ups, and I may be making up the addition of squats.

At any rate, I've been enjoying reading on the exercise bike right before bed (going slow, not cardio) and then last night decided to do 20 push ups and 20 squats right afterwards.

Easy peasy, right?

But normally if I'm doing body weight reps, I do them every other day (or 3) b/c I know you're supposed to recover.

So my question is...does that small a number of reps require a recovery period if you do it nightly? I find it incredibly relaxing and fell asleep seconds after my head hit the pillow. But I don't want to do it nightly if it's actually counter productive.



on October 04, 2011
at 02:56 AM

Thanks everyone! Just the answer(s) I wanted to hear!



on October 04, 2011
at 02:22 AM

I'd say you're ok and don't need to worry about recovery.

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on October 04, 2011
at 02:08 AM

Sounds like it's perfect for you.

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on October 04, 2011
at 02:20 AM

It sounds about like taking a walk after dinner to me. No need to recover after walking, I hope.


on October 04, 2011
at 02:17 AM

No, you don't really need to worry about recovery at that level of exercise. It's more therapeutic than anything.

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