“Vince, when is the best time of day to work out, morning, noon or evenings?” This is what a colleague of mine asked when I told him I was
headed to the gym after work. It was about 3:30 pm. Of course I gave him my two cents on the subject. I said to him, “it all depends on you and your schedule. I also said that’s like asking when is a good time to schedule an appointment or when is a good time to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner, when is the best time to go grocery shopping. Of course there are experts out there that say mornings are the best time, but for me, it just depends on the person”.
I go when I can and when I feel like it. And if I have a work out partner (which I highly recommend) I go when we both are free. (Just as long as I get it in).
I do more weight lifting than cardio which is terrible. I hate cardio. I get better results when I fix my mind about 2 or 3 hours before going in the late afternoon. My muscles are at their best around this time because of my “internal clock” since I am use to going at that time. And there is no interference with my workout. We all have distractions and life is happening all the time that may cause us to leave the gym or where ever we work out, that may prevent us from finishing our exercises.
On the weekends I may go in the mornings. I don’t set an alarm to get up and go. I’m not a morning person. But after I crawl out of bed, get to moving around, see what’s on the calendar, do my bathroom activities, I may jump in the car and be there before 10:00 am.
I will even grab a protein shake or a bite to eat before I go. It’s not good to work out on an empty stomach because your body needs fuel. You will burn muscle and some healthy fats if you’re doing this.
The bottom line is that it is more important that we workout than when we workout. If we can’t workout in the morning, or don’t want to, but can work out in the afternoon or evening, that’s cool. Just get it in.
If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. If you currently have an exercise time and routine that is working for you, stick with it. Like Nike says, “Just Do It.”
Regardless of what the research says, every individual is unique, and as such, each person’s body chemistry, mentality, physical readiness and inner clock is different. What works best for one person may not work for another. In fact, what works best for us today may change in a couple of months or years.
The difference between working out in the morning, afternoon or evening is likely to be negligible at best. Just my two cents. Decide the best time for you to exercise based upon your personal goals, schedule and lifestyle. Ideally, you will pick a time that you are able to stick with consistently and make it a part of your daily or weekly routine.
Check out some of the pros and cons here if you like. I would love to hear what time works best for you. Just to see the differences. It will be a learning experience for us all. Please feel free to leave a comment or a reply.