I’ve been asked this question several times during my regular Instagram stories Q&A and it’s one that’s cropped up a lot in the past so hopefully you’ll find my following thoughts useful.
In short, and this may seem obvious, but ultimately the answer is whatever works best for you.
A few things for you to consider would be to look at your energy levels and motivation throughout the day.
Are you a morning or an evening person?
Trying to figure out which time of day suits you best can actually be quite difficult as you’d need to make sure that your workout schedule fits in well with your daily work/life which can be hectic at times.
Here’s a few pros and cons for you to consider when figuring out what works best for you.
Scheduling your workout first thing in the morning is my personal preference. I find that it’s much easier to wake up a little earlier and get your exercise done and out the way before your day starts.
Also, since exercise increases your mood boosting hormones you can start your day on a high, feeling more positive and optimistic. This positive mindset will also make it more likely for you to make healthier food choices for the rest of the day.
If you’re not a morning person you’ll probably find it difficult to turn an early morning workout into a daily habit, it will be much easier for you to hit the snooze button.
If you do manage to get out of bed when the alarm rings you might struggle to find the motivation to get going and so will need to make sure you take a little longer to warm up rather than jumping straight in.
You may also have to train fasted as its unlikely that you’ll give yourself enough time to eat. Training fasted might not be ideal especially if you’re not used to it as it can be physically and mentally challenging.
Mid Day Workouts
Squeezing a session in on your lunch break might be a good time saving solution that allows you to get more sleep in the morning.
It also means that you would of had time for breakfast and maybe a mid morning snack so you should be full of energy.
Working out at lunch time can also act a stimulant boost for the rest of the afternoon at work which may help with your productivity and focus.
Lunch time workouts can definitely be a little tight, trying to fit everything in on top of showering and eating means you might not actually have enough time to do what you need to do based on your goals.
Likewise work may over run making your gym session even tighter.
Training after work can certainly help to blow off a little steam and reduce your stress levels.
You may also find your energy levels are much higher in the evening as you would of had the chance to consume plenty of fuel allowing you to push harder and potentially increase your rate of progress.
Leaving your workout till the evening could be dangerous especially if you’ve had an extremely hectic day. When will power is low it’s all too easy to convince yourself that it’s ok to skip it this one time!
Training late can also disturb your sleep. If you don’t give yourself a big enough window (1-2 hours) to relax and allow the body and mind to switch off after training you can actually affect the quality of your sleep cycle.
Chances are you will also be training at peak time in your gym so access to equipment maybe limited, which can extend your set time period.
So these are just a few things you can consider when trying to determine what’s best for you. Remember it’s more important to workout consistently than it is to workout at the same time consistently. However, keeping to a consistent time during the day does help as it becomes easier to form a habit.
With a little trial and error you will be able to find your perfect time of day to train, just make sure you listen to your body and factor in your work/life schedule.
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