Before breakfast, after eating carbohydrates- when is the best time to work out?
As a fitness professional, I get asked this question all of the time, because we all want to make sure that we are getting the most “bang for our buck” while burning calories, torching fat and building lean muscle.
While some research has been done on this matter, the actual time of day that you train will provide you with minimal benefits that aren’t worth all the coordination.
In fact the answer to this question relies heavily on YOU, your schedule and opportunity…
Sports Medicine Expert, Elizabeth Quinn, states, “Two of the top reasons people give for not exercising regularly include lack of results and lack of time. So, for many people, the best time to exercise is the time that is most convenient and the time that fits into a busy schedule.” Sometimes we get too caught up in the “timing” of training that we never get it done. So my recommendation is to fit it into your schedule when you have the opportunity (making it part of your routine will help you adhere to this long term).
Best Time to Work Out
Early Birds– Early riser? Get energized with a quick morning workout. You can bring a change of clothes and shower in the locker room at your gym or pop in an at home workout DVD all before even setting foot into work. Be sure to eat a light meal before or after in order to keep your energy levels up. (Banana and peanut butter packs are perfect for on-the-go) If you work out prior to work, you can enjoy time with your family or run errands in the evening without feeling like you have slacked off on your health goals.
Power Lunch Hour– Say you get an hour lunch break each day. Half of that time you can spend walking around the office building or go to a nearby park. (Bring some sneakers/change of clothes as needed) Then chow down on a healthy meal before heading back into work.
Post Work Warrior- If you feel too exhausted to even think about a treadmill when you get home from work, then bring your workout gear with you to work and head straight to the gym with no pit-stops at the house. This will keep energy and motivation at its peak.
So morning, noon or night… anytime is a great time to work out as long as you GET IT DONE. Just try to make a consistent schedule that becomes part of your routine. By doing that you will be more likely to stick with it. Get even more out of your efforts by drinking a Celsius prior to training. Each serving helps to boost metabolism and burn body fat when combined with moderate exercise (winning)!
When is the best time to workout for you? Let us know in the comments section below.
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