What is the best time to workout?

Any workout is always better than no workout. However, having a consistent time for your workout will produce the best results.  Picking and sticking you a regular workout schedule is beneficial to most people.  If you aren't sure which time will work best for you, try each for a week and compare results.  If you've found a time that works for you stick to it.

 

Morning

Pros

  • Beat the crowd. If you hate waiting on a machine, try a morning workout session and beat the evening rush by a long shot.
  • Enjoy breakfast. When people workout in the morning, they are more likely to follow the workout with breakfast or a healthy snack.
  • Wake up earlier. Many wish they could wake up early so they can get more hours out of the day. Since a morning workout can improve sleep, it may become easier to wake up in the mornings to workout. After a while, it will get easier for you to wake up too!
Beautiful sunrise to workout

 

Cons

  • Warming up takes longer. Internal body temperature drops drastically when we sleep. In order to get the results we want, it takes longer in the morning to warm up and increase our body temperature.
  • Developing the routine can be difficult for night owls. Finding the balance between getting enough sleep and using your most productive hours to get work done can seem almost impossible in the beginning.
  • Winter slump is real. In the winter it becomes harder to get yourself up because it is cold and the sun begins to rise later.

 

 

Afternoon

Pros 

What is the best time to workout?
  • Warming up is easy. Throughout the day your body has had time to warm internally, so you do not need to spend any extra time. Now warm up as usual (stretching is still super duper important).
  • You get to wear workout clothes all day. Because nobody wants to actually change into gym clothes (unless you have to, then sorry).
  • Finding a gym partner is easy. Finding someone with a free afternoon is much easier than finding someone to wake up at 5 am.

 

Cons

  • Picking a consistent time. Most jobs will not give you a 2-hour break so you can go to the gym. College students sometimes have other things that could take over their normal gym time (group projects, office hours, lunch dates with friends, etc.)
  • Not getting enough nutrients. With busy schedules and lives, it is easy to not drink enough water or eat enough before an afternoon workout.
  • Crowded gyms. You may have to wait on machine or ask to work in with someone.

 

 

Evening

Pros

  • You have all day to make sure you consume enough nutrients. Make sure you hydrate throughout the day and eat at least 90 minutes before you workout.
  • There are more classes offered by gyms in the evening. These classes are opportunities to prevent getting tired of the gym.
  • Great time to wind down. After a long day of work or school, it is nice to wind down with a dopamine boost.

Cons

No matter what time you choose, don't forget to stretch.

No matter what time you choose, don't forget to stretch.

  • Negatively impacts your sleep cycle. If you are working out late at night, you can change your sleep cycle by working out late at night.  The increase of your heart rate convinces your internal clock that it is earlier than what it actually is.
  • Life happens. It is easier to miss a workout in the evening when something comes up. You may have to do something last minute in the evening causing you to change your workout schedule. You may be tempted to skip after a long day.

 

 

 

 

Your turn

Do you have a consistent gym schedule? What time do you work out?