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What is the best time of day to workout?

Updated: Oct 26, 2020

So, you’re in the middle of planning your new exercise routine. You’ve figured out how many times a week you’re going to exercise and what you’re going to be doing in your sessions. The next thing to think about is when is going to be the best time to exercise.

The answer to the question is… whenever is going to be best for you!

The Complete Fitness aim is to help people create lifestyle change that sticks. This is because way too many people struggle with sticking to an exercise plan and therefore don’t see the results they want to. The plan that is going to get you the best results is the plan that you’re going to be able to stick to.

When we’re thinking about the best time of day to be consistent, the only restriction I would focus on is not exercising too late. Sleep expert Matthew Walker, recommends not exercising later than two to three hours before you go to bed. This is because exercising too close to sleep can make it harder to fall asleep and get a good quality snooze.

Here are the things that you should think about when figuring out when is best for you:

When do you have the most energy?

Some of us are morning people, some night owls and some in the middle. If you can pick the time of day when you have the most energy then you’re onto a winner. Picking a time when you’re normally low on energy will make it more likely that you’ll skip a workout because you’re tired. Also, even if you do manage to get going, the workout is going to feel harder and you’re probably not going to work as hard in the session.

Are you likely to skip a workout if other things come up?

This one comes down to prioritising. Do you start the day with good intentions? But then as the day goes on “things come up” and the workout gets pushed back further and further until there is no more time left in the day? If this is the case, then exercising in the morning might be the best option for you. Get it done before anything else gets in the way.

Can you pick a time that kills two birds with one stone?

Maybe you’re short on time, you want to get a run in, but you really need to pick that package up from the Post Office after 3pm. Can you delay your run so that you can go via the Post Office?

When is it possible?

If you don’t have the option of selecting a preferred time then whenever you can get it done will be the time for you. If you struggle to stay consistent then maybe you should re-evaluate your time. Are there any changes you can make to allow time to look after yourself more?

Hopefully now you have decided which is the best time of day for you. Get started and make your way one step closer to your goal 😊

Stay safe, Ollie.

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