When is the best time to workout?
The short answer to this question is “it depends.” The best time to workout will vary from person to person depending on their own situation and schedule. For some people, working out first thing in the morning is best, while it is better for others to work out after leaving work. Some people may benefit most from taking a break during their workday to workout.
Personally, I would prefer to workout in the mornings. Testosterone levels tend to be higher in the morning. Also, an early workout can create a positive snowball effect and make the rest of my day feel more productive. If I work out later in the day it can sometimes make it harder for me to get to sleep at a decent hour. However, due to my schedule, I do not workout in the morning everyday.
Certain things should not be sacrificed just to work out in the morning. It is not beneficial to limit sleep to work out in the morning (although going to sleep earlier to wake up earlier may be an option). Also, some personal life requirements and work life requirements are not worth cutting into simply to work out earlier (although if work is interfering with your personal health that may be something to consider).
Many people benefit from working out at a habitual time. For example, some people work out every weekday after work. For many people, this can make a workout program easier to stick to. Others may be fine to work out at different times throughout the week.
Working out in the middle of the day can make some people more productive at work. Exercise helps get more oxygen to the brain and releases endorphins that can help work performance. Another thing to take into account when setting a workout schedule is allowing adequate rest times in between workout sessions.
The bottom line is what is best for a particular person will not necessarily be best for everyone. It will vary based on a number of factors. At Customize My Workout we take these factors into consideration to find what is best for you.