By now, we should all know that working out is an important part of an overall health plan. A poor diet, high stress and a sedentary lifestyle can directly contribute to sickness, disease, a poor immune system, and even depression.
Working out doesn’t have to be a big deal — you can do it at the gym, at home, or at a park. There are lots of ways to work out.
The American Heart Association is pretty nonchalant about when is the best time — they say that any time is a good time.
According to their interview with Russell Pate, M.D., professor of exercise science in the Arnold School of Public Health, at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, “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.”
But some parts of the day are better than others for most people. Is it better for your lifestyle to exercise at night? Or is early morning better? How about during the day?
Let’s look at the pros and cons of each, so you can decide for yourself.
Early Morning Workouts
The first good thing about working out early is that you get it over with, and can get on with your day. No excuses later on as to why you didn’t exercise. But more, it can rev up your metabolism so that you’re burning calories hours after you leave the gym.
You arrive at the gym feeling fresh from sleep the night before and are burning stored fat, not sugars and carbs you’ve eaten that day.
There are cons, however. You’ll need to get up very early. Gyms are really busy early in the morning with many opening at 5 a.m., so you may have to wait for machines. If you're taking classes, you may have to commit to an hour.
Getting kids off to school, the need to shower and get ready for work after a workout, as well as facing a commute, may be enough reasons for many to leave the gym for later on in the day.
Working Out During the Day
This is a great time for people who are stay-at-home parents, work-from-home parents, or who work nights.