What’s the Best Time of Day to Exercise?headingContent

Posted on September 19, 2013

woman sitting on grass stretchingWe all know how important is to stay active and exercise regularly. The many benefits include helping with circulation, burning calories, helping prevent diseases and treating insomnia. But what’s the best time of day to actually exercise?

There’s no reliable evidence to suggest that a particular time is better then another. But the time of day can influence how you actually feel when exercising.

Some people believe exercising first thing in the morning is the ideal time for a variety of reasons. First, it helps you wake up and start the day. It also gets it out of the way so you don’t have to worry about getting it done later.

According to Cedric Bryant, PhD, chief science officer with the American Council on Exercise in San Diego, if you do exercise in the morning, when your body temperature is lower, you should allow more time to warm up than you would later in the day.

For others who prefer those extra few minutes of zzzs in the morning, after work in the early evening may prove to be the best time. During that time, many people feel their body is not fighting sleepiness and they find they have more energy for physical activity.

If you have a flexible work schedule, mid-day, around noon, may be a good time to exercise. Just be sure to eat after you work out, not before – the blood that needs to go to your muscles during that time is going to your digestive tract. Bryant adds that you should give yourself 90 minutes after a heavy meal to exercise or work out.

According to Steven Aldana, PhD, professor of lifestyle medicine at Brigham Young University, you should try working out in the morning for a few weeks, then try mid-day, then early evening. Then determine which you enjoy most and which makes you feel best afterward. Most important, find a time that helps you make your exercising not just a chore, but a regular, consistent, enjoyable part of your daily life.

Before beginning any exercise program, talk to your Tenet Florida Physician.