When it comes to working out, timing is everything. In fact, health experts say choosing between a 6am boot camp session and a 7pm spin class can make a huge difference for your fitness goals.
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So, when is the best time of the day to work out? That’s where things get complicated. Just as your weight fluctuates, so do opinions on the best time of the day to exercise. Check out the breakdown below to help work out when you should be working out.
Morning Workout Pros:
Making a morning workout a part of your routine is the best way to ensure you get the job done. By exercising in the morning, you’re less likely to find an excuse to skip out on the task because you won’t have all day to think up an excuse. Plus, working out after waking up means you haven’t exhausted yourself yet with other activities throughout the day.
“Because you are fresh from the night before, you are full of energy,” says Valerie Orsoni, CEO of LeBootCamp. “And you are most likely going to stretch your physical limits, hereby getting better and faster results!”
Morning Workout Cons:
Orsoni also notes that because your body is "fresh" from sleep, you can injure yourself more easily if you start a strenuous activity in the morning without warming up. If you want to work out in the morning, make sure to give yourself a good warm up before getting going.
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12pm – 5pm Workout Pros:
Get those abs out of hibernation by squeezing in a workout around noon and then heading off to lunch. Orsoni tells her clients that even just a half hour walk, pre-mealtime, can lessen the ill effects of a high-fat diet.
“Do it like the French and squeeze in 30 minutes of walking on an empty stomach every day,” says Orsoni. “Walking on empty draws energy from the body's sugar stores, thus burning fat from targeted trouble zones and accentuating your assets!”
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12pm – 5pm Workout Cons:
If you have a hectic lifestyle or a demanding job, it may be difficult to follow a schedule that only allows you to exercise in the afternoon. Plus, if you wait to exercise until after you’ve eaten lunch, you may be at risk for exercising while in a “food coma.”
“If you plan on exercising right after your lunch, you might find yourself too sluggish to push yourself beyond your limits,” says Orsoni.