What is the best time to exercise?

Should you drag your­self out of bed at the crack of dawn or should you push your­self to work out after a long day at the office? When to exer­cise is prob­a­bly one of the most com­mon ques­tions I get when it comes to exer­cis­ing.  And the answer may sur­prise you.

The best time for you to exer­cise is ANYTIME!



If morn­ings are not your thing and nev­er have been, the like­li­hood of you mak­ing exer­cise a long-term habit (which is the goal) is unlike­ly. And if you are a morn­ing per­son, like I am, get­ting your­self to exer­cise in the evening, when you are tired, is a los­ing bat­tle.  Exer­cise when it’s the best time for you;  it can be in the morn­ing, at lunchtime, in the after­noon or evening. And for peo­ple who just don’t have a “chunk” of time for one long ses­sion, I often rec­om­mend split­ting up exer­cise ses­sions through­out the day, such as 10 min­utes mid-morn­ing, 10 min­utes for lunch and 10 min­utes in the after­noon.  Stud­ies show that if the inten­si­ty stays the same, the ben­e­fits are equal to a sin­gle 30 minute ses­sion.

You may have heard peo­ple who exer­cise in the morn­ing are more like­ly to stick to their rou­tine than peo­ple who exer­cise in the evening. How­ev­er, there is no mag­i­cal time of day. This is only because it’s less like­ly that oth­er appoint­ments, such as get­ting gro­ceries, meet­ing up with friends, or a long meet­ing at work, etc, will get in the way in the morn­ing. So, if you don’t let any­thing get between you and your work­out, there is no rea­son to switch your time or rou­tine.

So, my advice is, work­out at what­ev­er time works for you!


Hap­py work­out!



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