Featured__ When Is The Best Time To Work Out?
Your best friend swears by her 6 a.m. jog every morning, but you can’t even fathom working out before noon. But is there actually a “better” time of the day to work out?
You won’t actually burn more calories working out in the morning as opposed to the evening or vice versa, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t benefits to working out at a certain time.
Advantages To A Morning Workout
One of the biggest advantages to working out in the morning is that you get it out of the way for the day, so you can’t make excuses later on when something comes up. Nobody’s ever going to try to make plans with you at 6 a.m.
There is also some research that suggests that working out on an empty stomach can burn up to 20% more body fat than working out after eating. Make sure you’re doing a light- to moderate-intensity exercise if you’re not eating first, though.
Advantages To An Evening Workout
While some people feel like they can get a better workout in in the morning than in the evening when they’re drained from work, this study suggests that after consistently working out at the same time every day, your body will actually adapt and you’ll perform better at that time than any other time of the day. So, if you prefer to work out after work, make a point to hit the gym at that time every single day.
It’s a good idea to work out when your body temperature is higher, since a cold body can leave muscles stiff and prone to injury. Your body temperature is highest in the afternoon, and that’s also when your reaction time is the quickest. Your circadian rhythm also plays a role in your ideal time to workout. If you’re simply not a morning person, your circadian rhythm may be to blame, and that’s not something you can change.
While there are advantages to working out in the morning and the evening, the best time to work out is whenever you can most consistently stick to it. Try a few weeks of working out in the morning, then a few weeks of working out in the evening and see when you feel best and when you skip less workouts, then make that your routine.