When is the best time to work out?
It is common thought that the most beneficial time of the day to work out is in the morning - the thought process being that morning exercise increases your metabolism causing you to burn more calories throughout the day. The truth is that there is no viable research to prove that working out in the morning increases your metabolism.
Circadian rhythm is governed by the 24-hour pattern of the earth’s rotation. These rhythms influence body functions such as blood pressure, body temperature, hormone levels, and heart rate, all of which play a role in your body's readiness for exercise.
People are usually either “early birds” or “night owls” and there is not much you can do to change that about yourself.
Therefore if you are a “night owl” and you make the resolution to work out every morning at 6am you may be setting yourself up for imminent failure as you hit the snooze button six times. You will be more likely to work out at the time of day that your body is most energized.
For some people 6am is perfect and for other people 6pm is better.
Part one of the answer is: The best time for YOU to exercise is the time of day that you will do it!
And here comes part 2….
In real life we have to consider more than simply our own “best time” to work out. We have family and work schedules that will influence and sometimes, if not planned for, sabotage our best efforts. The time of day that you plan your exercise may change on a daily basis. Because of my work/family demands, I schedule exercise in the mornings on some days and in the evenings on other days. I am naturally a “night owl” and feel much more energetic in the evening however because of schedule demands I have to overcome the urge to push that snooze button two days a week because it’s important. The second part of the answer is…There may not be one best time to exercise!
If a “thing” is important to you then that “thing” must be thoughtfully and purposefully placed into your schedule. Exercise is a “thing” that you have to determine to make happen.
In my experience as a medical weight loss provider I have seen one “thing” that makes the difference in a patient’s consistency with losing weight and keeping it off and that is regular “sweating” exercise. You do not have to be a “gym rat” or marathon runner. It only takes 20 minutes a day six days a week of cardio/sweating to lose it and keep it off! IF you don’t have a twenty minute time slot then 10 minutes twice daily is good too!
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME FOR YOU TO EXERCISE? The best time of day for you to exercise is the time of day you can do it and the BEST WAY to exercise is to plan it daily. Remember, if a “thing” is important to you then that “thing” should be thoughtfully and purposefully placed into your schedule. Exercise is important for weight loss and wellness – it keeps you looking and feeling great !
Lisa Mullis FNP-C