Is there a “Best” time of the day to exercise?

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There are both positives and challenges when exercising either in the morning, noon, or night. Regardless of the time of day, creating an exercise routine and sticking to it is what is most important. Learn how to fight off the excuses for skipping a work out at anytime of the day.

 

Early Riser: A morning work out is a great way to start your day and put you on the fast track for a healthy day. However, finding the energy to wake up and hit the gym may be hard.

  • Start by eating slow digesting carbohydrates the night before to give you the energy boost you need in the AM.
  • Lay out everything you need for the gym the night before.
  • Turn off electronics before you fall asleep.
  • Place your alarm clock on the opposite side of the room to ensure you have to get out of bed to turn it off.
  • Open the shades or turn on the light to tell your brain it is time to wake up.

 Mid Day Break: Taking a break during the middle of the day to squeeze in a work out can give you an energy and productivity boost you need to conquer the rest of the day. Many people may choose to have a long lunch instead.

  • Schedule your work out just like a meeting or conference.
  • Eat a filling breakfast to ensure you will not choose lunch over a work out.
  • Eat half your lunch before you exercise, then the other half after you exercise.
  • If possible, wear tennis shoes. Having tennis shoes already on will mentally prepare you for a work out.

Night Owl: Whether right after work or after dinner, late evening work outs may be tough due to a fatigued brain and a long day. Overcome mental excuses and skip the downtime your mind wants.

  • Take your gym bag to work and exercise right after.
  • Eat a snack to keep energy high to push through a work out.
  • Avoid exercising too close to bed time.
  • Develop an after work exercise group to encourage each other.

Forget the excuses, there is no right or wrong time to exercise!