Which Time Of Day Is Optimal To Work Out?

February 15, 2017

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If you are wondering whether your morning workouts are too early, or your evening workouts are not really healthy – you need to stop. It appears it doesn’t matter WHEN you work out, but HOW.

Russell Pate, Ph.D., a professor of exercise science, says the best time for a workout actually depends on you and you only.

The professor, who teaches at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, said the following: “The best time of the day is when you will do it most consistently, because the benefits of physical activity are tightly linked to the amount you do on a consistent basis.”

“It’s not just what time, but what activity, with whom and where. This mix of factors for people come together to result in being consistent,” says Pete and reminds us that everybody’s different and different people tend to have different preferences as to when they prefer to go to the gym.

Some people have more zest when they work out with a partner, or in a group, and for them this social aspect is more important than the time of day. Others might prefer solitude and perceive training sessions as their chance to get away.

Focusing On The Overall Results

Although the popular misconception claims that the optimal time to work out is early in the morning as it puts your metabolism in overdrive, Pete suggests it is actually best to focus on your overall results.

“Are there differences in working out at different times of the day? Maybe. But those differences would be minor compared to the overall effect of doing it consistently,” says Pate. “If you’re not a morning person, it does no good for you to try to get up at 5 in the morning to work out. Try to stack as many cards on your side of the table as possible by doing what’s most likely to work for you.”

“Don’t make it as hard as it doesn’t have to be.”

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