Regular exercise is a good idea for everyone. But when is the best time to work out?
Some experts say that you should workout in the morning, but other experts recommend working out in the afternoon or evening. However, actually there just as many as advantages of working out in the morning as working out in the evening. And the most important thing is that you DO workout.
So the best time to workout is the time that suits YOU the best and that will ensure consistency.
Consistency is key
One of the most important things to keep in mind when exercising is to do it regularly. It doesn’t matter if you are exercising to lose weight, if you are training for a marathon or another goal, or if you are simply just exercising because it makes you feel better and keeps your body and mind healthy. Consistency is key!
Try to be physically active for 30 - 60 minutes every day. For kids, the recommendation is at least 60 minutes a day. Try a combination of both moderate- and high-intensity cardio and some strength-training, so that you strengthen both your heart and lungs but also your muscles, joints and bones.
If you do not have 30 - 60 consecutive minutes for working out, then it is perfectly ok to split a session up into smaller amounts of, for example, 10 - 15 minutes at a time. Again the most important thing is to DO the exercise, and do it consistently. And it all adds up.
For example, try to:
- Take your bike to work instead of your car
- Or park 10 minutes away from work and walk briskly
- Spend 10 minutes of your lunch break on a brisk walk
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Play ball with your kids (or other fun activities)
- Go for a walk every evening after dinner
- Join a fitness club or another type of sports club
- Get a workout buddy or a personal trainer
So remember, exercise is any kind of physical activity that gets your heart rate up for at least 10 minutes at a time.
A few things to keep in mind when choosing when and how to work out:
- Location (Where do you prefer to work out? At home, outside, in a gym, or?)
- Time of day (When do you prefer to work out? First thing in the morning, during your lunch break, in the afternoon, in the evening, or?)
- Type of exercise (Cardio or strength? Football, running, dancing, walking, or?)
- Context (Individual training or in a team?)
Did you know?
- That most fitness centres have peak hours between 5 and 8 pm? So it can be easier to get the machine or class you prefer, if you come before or after these hours
That research shows that people who work out in the morning tend to eat healthier throughout the rest of the day.
That you need to warm up for a bit longer if you exercise in the morning? This is because your body temperature is lower in the morning than in the evening and your muscles can be cold and not yet fully awake.