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What's the Best Time of Day to Workout

October 08, 2013 2 min read

Finding the right time of day to work out...oh boy.  Does anyone else have a big problem with this?  I’ve oscillated back and forth with working out in the morning and working out at night.  I was only doing evening workouts because my husband enjoys putting our little one to bed so I hop off to the garage to get in my dose of the Daily Hiit.  Lately though I’ve noticed that I can consistently get in an average of 20% more reps in the morning because I have more energy and I’m more likely to do the workout if my husband is off on a business trip.  Now that's reason enough for me!

According to the American Heart Association, “It depends on when’s the best time for you.  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.”

There are a few factors that play into your best time; location, time of day, type of physical activity, and social setting.  This means that there are more factors at work than simply “what’s the best time of day.”  It’s about achieving consistency.  According to the AHA the differences in working out at different times of the day are incredibly minor compared to working out on a consistent basis.

This is actually great news for all of us!!  Since we are all different and have different demands on our time we actually have leeway.  Haven’t we all heard that working out late at night keeps you up?  Or that working out in the morning revs up metabolism?  Turns out science doesn’t back the former and the small benefits of revving up your metabolism in the morning doesn’t compare to the benefits of working out five days a week.

So say you aren’t a morning person at all, getting up an hour before your alarm isn’t going to do you any good if you hit snooze four times.  And if working out at 8 or 9 after the kids go to bed is just too hard because you’re drained...getting up earlier might be your solution.  Nap time also works well for those parents out there.  This is why the Daily Hiit works; no fees, no driving to the gym, no two hour workouts.  Just you and no excuses.


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