The question of the hour, people. When is the right time of day to work out? Well, it’s actually a trick question because there is no UNIVERSAL right time to work out. Every person is different, so we all need different exercise schedules!
Considering this decision is personal, there are a few factors that play an important role in deciding what time of day is best to workout:
KNOW YOUR SLEEP HABITS
It’s no secret that the average person should be getting 8 hours of sleep every night. Depriving yourself of sleep can lead to an array of negative consequences including weight gain, brain fog, lack of coordination, and increased stress. So never sacrifice your sleep in order to get a workout in. If you’re a night owl and tend to sleep in, don’t wake up at 6AM to head to the gym. On the other hand, if you personally get energized after a workout, keep that in mind if you choose to break a sweat in the evening as it could make it difficult for you to fall asleep.
The best time to work out is ALWAYS the time that you can easily maintain. Convenience=consistency. Make sure to research gyms and fitness classes in your area (whether it’s near your office or home) and even consider at home workouts! Having a workout location close-by increases the likelihood of you keeping a consistent exercise schedule.
If you’re focusing on fat loss, morning exercise on an empty stomach is most recommended. Your metabolism is highest in the morning which means you will burn the most calories/fat. If increased coordination, agility, and muscle growth are your primary goals, it’s best to workout in the late afternoon/evening.
KNOW YOUR BODY
The most important factor to consider when deciding what time of day to workout is listening to YOUR body. You know yourself best! Sacrificing other parts of your life (social schedule, self care, sleep, your to-do list) just so you can workout can end up being more hurtful than helpful. Additionally, if your body is telling you that you need to skip the gym one day, make sure you give yourself permission to do so.