When is best to exercise?

Have you ever wondered if it makes a difference what time of the day you exercise?

When is best to exercise?

Have you ever wondered if it makes a difference what time of the day you exercise? While any exercise is better than none, if you’re going to the trouble of working out you may as well reap the best results.

Studies have shown that the best time to work out is before breakfast in the morning. While your body usually relies primarily on carbs for energy, exercising on an empty stomach tricks it into burning a greater percentage of fat for fuel during exercise. 

Furthermore, exercising in a fasted state, before breakfast, helps to counteract the effects of diets high in calories and fat. This means that you are able to eat more of what you want without having to constantly count calories.

Interestingly, most weightlifters work out in the evenings because their muscles are warmer and certain hormones necessary for muscle resistance work are optimal at this time.

The worst time to exercise is right before bed, as exercise raises your core temperature and increases hormone activity making your body hot and restless.

With all this in mind, the most important part is that you do exercise, so choose a time that suits your lifestyle and to which you can stick. Of course, the added bonus of working out in the morning is that you’re done for the day and don’t have to drag yourself to the gym after work. Your 5pm self will thank you!


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    9th Oct 2014
    The best time to work out is the time you will do it! The best type of exercise is the type you will do.

    Ultimately, it is consistency that gets results.
    9th Oct 2014
    I read something completely different on this same site last week. I agree with the comment above, less energy in, more energy out and you won't have a problem with losing weight not matter what time you eat. Your bodies not smart enough to detect all this.

    9th Oct 2014
    before dinner
    same result as before breakfast

    empty stomach with the added bonus of suppressing your apetitite so you dont over indulge at dinner

    AND because you're tired, you get a good nights sleep
    9th Oct 2014
    I like to exercise in the early morning while my testosterone is at its highest level. That way I can get the best out of the session without total exhaustion. However, I do agree with those who like to exercise before the evening meal if you're looking for a good nights sleep. That's just my view.
    9th Oct 2014
    Shame - is that coz you dont much nookie the night before or in the morning?
    10th Oct 2014
    Try to keep on subject Solomon! We are talking about the time of day you exercise!
    10th Oct 2014
    so was I.
    Many ways to exercise

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