What’s the Best Time of Day to Work Out?

What’s the Best Time of Day to Work Out?

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Do you ever wonder what time is the best time to work out? Research is mixed and there is no overwhelming evidence that points to a certain time of day that workouts will maximize results.  However, there a lot of good reasons why working out in the morning might be worth trying.

1. Reduce your excuses to not work out: Late night deadlines, client emergencies or impromptu happy hours don’t happen at 7 a.m. Exercise early to reduce your chances of derailing your workout plans. Consistency and routine are key to maintaining a fitness plan.  

2. Exercise gives you an energy boost during the day: The endorphins released from exercise give your body the feeling of more energy. Research has also shown exercise improves concentration and attention.  Add a cup of coffee to your morning workout and you might find yourself being more productive at work.

3. Boost your metabolism: Studies show that exercise will boost your metabolism and you will enjoy the benefits of a boosted metabolism all day.  Plus, you’ll be ready for breakfast, and eating a full breakfast will reduce your appetite for the remainder of the day.

4.  Gyms are often quieter in the morning: The peak time in any gym is after work.  Go when there is less of a crowd and you can get your workout in much more efficiently, and with less distraction.

5. Have more energy for your workout: Your body’s performance peaks in the early afternoon. However, most people don’t have the luxury of being able to work out mid-day.  Your body is fatigued by the evenings, so mornings are your next best bet.

6.  Set a healthy tone for the day: Everyone feels healthy after a good workout and many will follow up with a healthy meal so they don’t let their workouts go to waste. A morning workout sets a healthy tone for the day and will hopefully influence your behavior the rest of the day.

7.  Consistency, consistency, consistency: Try working out in the mornings and you will see the same people on the same days. People who work out in the mornings are the most consistent and have developed a routine.  See No. 1 for why.

 

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