Question: "When is the best time of day to workout?"
Christian Agudelo, ACSM - CPT
Everyone always assumes that there is a certain time of day that you need to stop what you are doing and workout because is the best time. Unfortunately there is something that gets in the way of that idea…life. The best time to workout is different for everyone because everyone has different schedules. You pick the best time to workout based on how you are feeling that day and when you are available to train. Morning, midday, early evening or late evening it really doesn’t matter. For me, I love to train early morning. That’s when I feel the best and most active. However, my schedule doesn’t allow me to do that, so I have to be realistic and train when I am free, which is usually midday. On the weekends I can get up early and workout before the day begins and that is convenient and fits my weekend schedule. Just because you don’t have an ideal workout time that doesn’t mean you won’t get a great workout regardless. We all have to adapt to our environment and fit in our training sessions whenever possible. And don’t get frustrated if you can’t get a 30-45 min workout each time based on your schedule. Remember it is better to do an early morning or even late night 10-20 min walk if that’s all you can manage that day than to not do anything at all.
Earvin Bahena, NSCA - CSCS
The best time of the day to workout is any time! All you need is to spare 15-20 min during the day to do any sort of physical activity and that can be done first thing in the morning or at night. In reality the best time really depends on the person and their daily schedule. Someone who is going to work at 8 or 9 am can try and squeeze in a workout around 5 or 6 am, they will feel better after and will be done with their workout for the day. Those who work from home and manage their own schedule can split their day in half and get a workout in between. The workout allows them to have a mental break from work and something to look forward to. An early morning worker, they have the opportunity to get home a bit earlier and get a workout in right away, the longer you wait coming home from work to do it the less likely it’ll happen. The best thing to do is have a set time that works well for you and be disciplined enough to make that workout happen every day. There will always be excuses or obstacles in the way of a workout, you just have to grind it out and make it happen. At the end of the day you are in charge of your own body and what happens to it.