It used to be that fitness experts advised morning or afternoon workouts only. The thinking was exercise too close to bedtime made for restless, interrupted sleep. But a recent study found that subjects who exercised for 35 minutes just before going to bed slept just as well as those who pushed their fitness to the early morning or after-work hours. So, if you're not working out due to late commutes or fear of insomnia, take note: There are plenty of exercises and routines you can incorporate into your night routine that will keep you fit while holding on to your eight-plus hours of shut-eye.
If you want to stay close to home, why not walk the stairs in your house, your apartment building or even at a nearby (well-lit) park. Strap on your fitness pedometer or set a goal of 500 stair steps every night. You'll build leg strength, get your heart going and work up a little nighttime sweat.