When it comes to starting a new workout routine you may wonder when the best time to exercise is. Many people wish to exercise first thing in the morning to get it out the way or to get them going for the rest of the day, while others would rather leave it until after work or in the evening but which is the best option for you?
The truth is, it’s is completely different for everyone. You may be an early bird and enjoy being active in the morning. This won’t suit someone that starts work early in the morning or is more of a night owl and likes to be more active in the evening.
So here are the reasons for exercising during different times of the day. Find which one suits you and give it a try. If it doesn’t work for you try another until you find the best time to exercise for you.
Is First Thing In The Morning The Best Time To Exercise For You?
Are you one of those people, like I used to be, that sets an alarm to get up then presses snooze as many times as you can get away with. Morning workouts may not be for you.
Exercising first thing in the morning boosts your metabolism for the rest of the day and can have an impact on your food choices for the rest of the day, not wanting to ruin your hard work.
If you have a busy schedule working out in the morning can be great to get it out the way and free up your evenings. It will also ensure you get your workout in with less chance of it being replaced by unexpected plans.
Maybe You Like To Exercise At Midday
If getting up early isn’t your thing then try exercising at midday. You still get the metabolism boost for the rest of the day and you may put in more effort since you are now more awake.
Work out during your lunch break to help split up your work day.
There are also health benefits to breaking up your day with exercise. Being sedentary for long periods of time is linked to many health conditions.
Midday is great for going to the gym as well. It’s one of the quieter times, so you should be able to get on the machine you need straight away.
The Best Time To Exercise Could Be After Work
Exercising releases endorphins which makes you happier. So fitting your exercise in after work can help you to relax and cheer you up after a stressful day. You also get the benefit of a calmer morning before work than if you worked
Going straight to the gym instead of going home to relax makes you more likely to stick to your exercise.
You May Find The Best Time Is Late Evening
If after a long day you don’t want to go straight for a workout then try exercising later in the evening. This allows you to have a calmer morning before work and time to relax after your day.
Late evenings can also be a great time to hit the gym with fewer people to contend with on the machines.
One study also suggests your body can work harder and for longer in the evening than the morning. This is due to better oxygen utilization and your muscles being at their peak strength and flex
Have You Found Your Favourate Time To Exercise?
When is your favourite time to exercise? Why did you choose it? Let me know in the comments below.