Over the years I have been ask a number of times about the best time to exercise. Research shows no evidence that a morning workout is better (in terms of calories burned) than an evening workout. Many people swear by their chosen work-out times. Here is what matters, find the time that fits your schedule and “body clock”.
Are you a morning person or a night owl? In most cases your body clock is not something you can change but you can make other important decisions when it comes to the best time for you to workout. What is best for your work and/or family schedule? It is my opinion and that of many others is that the morning is the best time to exercise. It provides a sense of accomplishment first thing in the morning and does not allow for other commitments to interfere. So many times when I wait until the afternoon or evening other responsibilities squeeze out my fitness time. I would also suggest that you make your schedule known to those around you as well as put it in your planner.
If working out in the evening is best for you that is great! Just remember that working out too late can cause trouble sleeping or at least falling to sleep. You need to allow plenty of time to unwind and let your body temperature return to normal prior to crawling into bed. Maintaining a regular sleep pattern is key to a good night sleep, a good workout and overall better health.
Establish the habit and find your own best time to complete a fitness activity. Build up to your goals and involve the other people in your life for the necessary support. Lastly, don’t put off starting today because you believe there will be a “better” time in the near future.
Make the most of the day you are given.