Best Time to Work Out

Best Time to Work Out?

The question, “When is the best time to work out?” is a common one. In relation to weight loss, of course, everyone wants to know whether there is a best time to work out in terms of burning more calories, building more muscle and achieving optimal fitness. So which is best, morning or night? While there are many articles that debate the science of which is best, for the average person wanting to develop a lifestyle of health and fitness, the time of day should be based on your schedule and lifestyle, as your goal should be to develop a consistent workout routine, regardless of whether or not it occurs morning, noon or night.

If heading to the gym at 5:00 a.m. fits best with your schedule, then that is the time you should set aside to work out. Many find morning workouts most suitable to their needs. You will often hear people state a benefit to finding time to workout first thing in the morning is that they get it done and don’t have to worry for the rest of the day about how and when they will fit it in. Additionally, by getting their morning workout done first thing, many feel an increase in energy and productivity throughout their day.   Other benefits may include a decrease in crowds at fitness centers and cooler weather during summer days.

For those who are not early birds, and enjoy hitting the snooze button, you might be better suited by getting in an afternoon or evening workout. Your work may allow time during the day to get to the gym, or have available a fitness facility in your building for your use and convenience. Or, you may find it easier to hit the gym on your way home from work, before your evening begins. After a stressful day, many of us look forward to a fitness class at the end of our workday. Not only can it help reduce the impact of a stressful day, but many gym facilities offer a larger variety of classes during evening hours.

So when is the best time to work out? Choose the optimal time that fits best with your schedule and lifestyle. As stated before, your goal is to achieve consistency with your workouts. Working out at the same time on a regular basis assists us in developing a strong habit of exercise, and despite any studies presented as to whether morning, noon or night is best, we all can agree that consistency is the key to your success when it comes to exercise and its benefits.

Article by Susan Kirkham

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