One of the most controversial subjects in the fitness world is what time of day is the best time to exercise. Scientists have been going back and forth on this for years. It is still inconclusive. That was also a very common question from my clients as a personal trainer. The answer I would give them was that it doesn’t matter. I would rather see you work out at any time as long as you get it in. It’s whatever time works for you and whatever time you will stick with. For me personally, exercise tends to wire me and give me energy, therefore I am not able to work out at night.
For my body, morning exercise works best for me but I am also a morning person. If you are a night owl or work nights, then it may be better for you to work out at night. I also know people who get a second wind at noon or on their lunch hour. I personally feel my best and have the most energy to work out between the hours of 9:00am and 1:00pm. If you only have time to work out at 5:30 in the morning and you think you can stick to this routine, then by all means please get in a routine at 5:30 in the morning! At the end of the day, what matters is that you did something, even if it is only being able to squeeze in a 15 minute walk at 8:00pm after dinner. If you are trying to lose weight, science is still science and it comes down to calories in and calories out. The bottom line is that it doesn’t really matter what time of day you exercise as long as you get it in somewhere and you do what you know you can stick to.
A couple of products that I love and use myself to get me motivated to exercise are the Lift and Muscle Memory from Life Priority. The Lift can help you get in the mood to exercise if you are feeling a little unmotivated that day. Also the Muscle Memory helps muscle recovery due to the Amino Acid L-Arginine. I have found that these two products when used together, give me the best workouts and help my body recover for the next workout!
In the end, exercise should be fun and you should not dread it. If this means that you need to wait until noon on your lunch hour to feel energetic to take a walk, then so be it. At least you have done something and you are on your way to a healthier lifestyle!
Nicole May, PT and Fitness Instructor