What is the BEST Time to Workout?

So I am looking through my notes and see a question that intrigues me.  

It is;  

I am not a morning person, do I have to get my workout in first thing in the morning?

That is a really great question.  People in the fitness industry may have one answer and people in the diet industry may have another.  The long and the short of it is, it is truly up to you.

Here are some little details that may help you decide what is best for you.

Working out in the AM

  1. Lifting weights really kick your metabolism into gear.  You will burn more calories, in general, the rest of the day.
  2. There is less of a chance of getting your dedicated gym time bumped by an appointment.
  3. The endorphins will give you a great feeling to start the day in a better mood…once you are done.
  4. Believe it or not, the gym is less crowded in the early hours.
  5. It will become a habit, to wake up and get it done.

Working out in the PM

  1. Working out at the end of the day allows you to burn off the stress of the day.
  2. Generally, there are more classes available in the evening.
  3. Depending on how late you like to go, the later it is, the fewer people are there.
  4. You will be more likely to get an accountability partner to go with you.
  5. You are not as rushed for time, therefore your mornings are calmer.
  6. You can generally extend your workout if you want because you are not on your way to work/school.


In the end, you will find excuses to not go to the gym regardless the time.  Or you will make that commitment to yourself and get it in.  The most important thing is getting it done.  There are pros and cons to both times to workout and if you ask your brother in law who has never worked out, they are both bad times and that is what we tend to do, ask people who don’t make it part of their routine.

My advice is to try both times if you can.  Or even a lunchtime workout.  Just try to find the time that actually works for your timetable.  Your body will adapt to whatever you tell it to.  If that is sitting on the couch or playing tennis, doing fasted cardio or going through the drive-through.  We are adaptable creatures, so adapt to “getting it done” and you won't regret it.


Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live. – Jim Rohn



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