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Best Time to Exercise

January 22, 2013

You may have heard that the best time to exercise is in the morning. But is this true?

When is the best time for me to exercise?

When is the best time for me to exercise?

Not necessarily. While it does seem that people who work out in the morning tend to more consistently work out at the same time, this time of day does not appear the ideal time for exercise. Actually, your body temperature is lower in the morning – so if you are going to work out at this time, take extra time to warm up your muscles. If you are having trouble exercising on a regular basis, however, morning might work out best, before the distractions of the day can creep in and eat at your time.

Working out first thing in the morning makes it more likely you will work out

Working out first thing in the morning makes it more likely you will work out

From a physiological standpoint, afternoon seems to usually be the best time to exercise. In the afternoon, you are stronger, have greater endurance, and are less likely to injure yourself.

The most important factor in exercising is consistency. If you can fit afternoon workouts into your schedule on a regular basis, this arrangement is the ideal. If, however, your day tends to fill up, with good intentions not resulting in productivity, try setting the alarm clock slightly earlier, and make sure to thoroughly warm up before exercising in the mornings. Another thing to keep in mind: everyone’s body is different. So if you can consistently work an evening workout into your schedule, this is okay, as well.

Consistency is key. Try to work out at the same time.

Consistency is key. Try to work out at the same time.

What time of the day do you tend to work out? Does this work well for you, or are you going to try to change this timing in the near future?

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