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what is the best time of day to work out?
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I heard a lot of people saying that it's better to work out in the morning because the air is fresh, and cleaner, and it's not as hot. Other people say the evening is better because you won't be sitting on the couch after a long, hard day at work, watching TV. But then, some people say that it doesn't do any good to work out in the evening, because it will all just go soft as you sleep at night anyway. So...what is the best time of day to work out?

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The best to time to workout is when you will actually do it and stick to it. The actual time of day doesn't matter nearly as much as simply sticking to it.


6 years ago
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Thanks, Ken! That's probably the best answer I'm going to get. Sticking to your work out is more important.

ShakeUp 2.1k
6 years ago
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It just depends on the person. Working out really gives me energy so i like to work out in the morning or mid afternoon. I don't like to work out in the evening because then i have a hard time falling asleep. It just depends on how exercise affects you. I have heard some people say that afterwards, it relaxes them right away and they can fall asleep faster.

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Courtney Murzyn 28k
6 years ago
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Whenever it works best for you and you perform the best. Like Ken said, you dont want to force yourself to do it when its difficult and your body wont respond as well. Make it as convenient as possible and when your body is ready to go!

Matt Lathrop 26k
6 years ago
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Yeah, spot-on Ken.

There is really is no correct answer, more based on preference & even more importantly & one of AF’s mottos & true benefits, is being able to make working out & acquiring a healthier lifestyle a priority but not allowing it to get in the way of more important & pressing things. So if that’s morning, great, afternoon, even better, it really doesn’t matter.

There was a study a few years ago where the outcome pointed towards mid-afternoon (3-5 PM) as being the best time to work out; you’re more productive, you’re reenergized form lunch & a long workday, etc –sounds like b.s. to me.

I love working out in the early AM & knowing that I have it all taken care of by 6:45 AM & the added benefit of kick-starting my metabolism & by the end of the day, I sleep like a baby –pros & cons to both, either way, just get it done.

Tony

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Tony Nicholson 141k
6 years ago
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I'm with Ken C. Science tells us that we are the most awake and active in the afternoon, but I believe we have some control over that. If you work out at about the same time every day, your body will adapt to that and be more "ready" for that time of day.

From a coaching perspective, I can tell you that training every day from 3-5 during the wrestling season and competing at 4:30 pm for almost every match is a lot different energy-wise from practicing at 7pm every day and competing at 4:30 for each match. We've done seasons both ways and practicing during the time of day you will be competing does make a difference.


6 years ago
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It depends if you are a 'night owl' or a 'morning person'. Everyone has a different time of day they are more alert and it comes down to how your brain is wired. The scientific term is 'circardian rhythms'. If you are a 'night owl' your brain chemistry allows you to be more alert at night, and hence you stay up later through the night hours, and if you are a 'morning person' your brain is more alert in the morning. It is the times when you are more alert that you should 'try' to workout. Obviously sometimes work and family commitments limit us from doing this, but this is when you will be more focused and have more mental energy to get through a good, long, hard workout. It is possible to 'reset' your body clock (circardian rhythms), think about when you change time zones or fly internationally to a different country, but it can sometimes take days, weeks or even months to fully change (depending on the difference in time) and how your body adapts to the change. But undoubtedly, your workouts will 'feel' the best when you are most alert/awake.

James


6 years ago
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I've wondered about this myself and read some research about it but am still conflicted. I work from 3:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and work out after work, anytime between 1 and 4 a.m. Sometimes I work out at 4 or 5 p.m. on my days off. I just can't seem to get anything done before work, and the one time I tried it, I was a disaster: weak, dizzy, nauseated. I'd like to reap the benefits of working out before work, but I don't know if I'm up to it. Ideally, I'd like to work out around 5 or 6 p.m., as I seem to get a spike in energy then, but I can't, I'm stuck in the office. Regardless, I work out an hour a day five times a week and have lost 85 pounds, so I think there's a lot of truth to Ken's advice.

Meredith Holt 5.6k
6 years ago
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I agree with the member who said It doesn't matter when you exercise, the most important thing is to" Just Do It". But I think the benefits may vary slightly depending on when one exercises. Some studies state that lung capacity and hand eye coordination are best in mid afternoon. Other studies comment that exercise and food intake should be maximized both between 8am and 5 pm(for maximum weight loss).
Seeing as I'm struggling with menopause, and not having really exercised on a consistent basis for 10 years I think I need a little edge , such as knowing the best time to exercise....so I think I'll keep reviewing the medical literature...

darlenerae8090 1.8k
4 years ago
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"But then, some people say that it doesn't do any good to work out in the evening, because it will all just go soft as you sleep at night anyway. " -- your body does the most repairs during the night (or when you're sleeping). Even if you did nothing all day, ate potato chips and ice cream, still your body does the most repairs while you sleep.

So consider this; Suppose you were to work hard all day long. Not so much as to "work out" but just even as a physically demanding job, you work very hard all day, and eat super healthy foods all day, lean meats, fruits, veggies, etc... Then you punch down a big hardy, healthy meal before bed. Now your body has been broken down from hard work, and has a belly full of healthy nutrition! What do you think will become of your body while you are sleeping on that night?? (You don't have to have a physically demanding job. You can get the same positive affect from working out hard for an hour a day)

Or you could just watch some tv, drink a few beers, eat junk food and pizza, have a bowl of ice cream before bed, and see what will become of your body while you are sleeping that way....

Just some "food for thought"


4 years ago

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