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What's The Best Time Of Day To Work Out?

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Self, Health And Wellness

It varies.

When we plan a workout regime, sometimes it feels like the hardest part of the equation is finding the time in our day to fit it in. To many of us, it seems like there’s never enough time.

But when is the best time to work out? Well, the answer isn't totally cut and dry, and not every expert will agree. Generally, the answer depends on what your goals are and who you are as a person. When deciding the best time to work out for you, there are certain things to consider.

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1. Find a time that works for you.

According to Maggie Umberger, Director of Communities at aSweatLife“We've talked about how if your goal is to build muscle strength, there is a slight increase in muscle power and force production later in the day,” she says. 

“If you hate crowds and want a gym to yourself in order to feel most productive, aim to fit your schedule around hitting the gym in off-peak hours (i.e., not 6-8 AM or 5-7 PM). And if you have a super-busy schedule with work, such that you don't know when you'll leave the office once you're in, make it a priority to work out in the morning.”

2. Remember that any time of day is better than none at all.

Ultimately, there is information to support benefits around working out in the morning and the evening, but if the time you choose doesn't work into your schedule and you end up not doing your workout at all, you won't reap any of those benefits.

“At aSweatLife, we love the phrase 'the best workout you can do is the one you'll actually do,' and the same goes for the timing of your workout. Building habits takes time, so if you're able to establish consistency in whichever time frame you pick, you'll be more successful in solidifying those habits as part of your daily life.

And once your workout becomes an integrated part of your day, then you'll really start to see the benefits — mind, body, and soul — from that workout hour,” Umberger advises.

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3. Some say the morning is the best.

“The best time to work out is in the morning,” says Jordan Campbell, a former NFL player who retired a few years ago and opened the only charter school in the country that caters to the student athletes from 4th–8th grades. Winner Circle Athletics is also a training facility for high school, college and professional athletes to keep in shape during off-seasons. And it’s open to people who just want to get into shape the way the professionals do.

“It is a great way to start your day and wake your body up. After the workout you feel like you accomplished something good for yourself. In fact, a morning workout is a lot like breakfast in that it gets your metabolism going. Simply put, you burn more calories all day just from the sheer fact of exercising in the morning,” he says.

4. But others say later in the day is when they're most productive.

“To gain better consistency, I would suggest working out in the afternoon to early evenings,” advises April Sutton, a personal trainer and professional stuntwoman. Your body will most likely adapt to regular gym sessions by doing this.

By now you have consumed enough calories to have enough energy for your workout, which will lead to a better workout performance. Your body temperature matters a lot too. Usually later in the day your body temperature is at its highest. With a higher body your muscle strength and endurance increases.”

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Aly Walansky is a NY-based lifestyles writer. Her work appears in dozens of digital and print publications regularly. Visit her on Twitter or email her at alywalansky@gmail.com.