Fitness expert and celebrity trainer Sam Wood reveals the benefits of working out during different times of the day.
Whenever someone asks me the best time of day to workout I tell them the real answer…that it really doesn’t make that much of a difference. The best time to get your workout done, in my opinion, is when you know you will.
Of course your training time has to fit in with your lifestyle but there is definitely something beneficial about getting your workout done first thing in the morning… and that is the reduced likelihood that life will get in the way.
If you’re up early to do your workout, there is less opportunity for things to pop up, other tasks to become the priority or for you to get sidetracked and cause the workout that you have the best intentions to do to be pushed to the side.
When it comes to cardio, working out in the morning is my preference and I call these mypower hours. There are, however, pros and cons to working out at different times of the day.
Benefits of working out in the morning
Less likely that ‘stuff’ will get in the way
Increased ability to use fat for fuel if you exercise fasted
More likely to make healthy food choices throughout the day
A better nights sleep
Increased productivity throughout the day
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Benefits of working out in the afternoon
Body temperature peaks in the afternoon
Increased strength and flexibility
I must admit, I really do feel this. If I’m doing a heavyweights based circuit I lift so much better in the afternoon.
Benefits of working out at night
1. More zzz time in the morning!
If you want to get results, consistency is key. If you are trying to be consistent and workout at a time that doesn’t suit you, the reality is it will not last.
Find the time of day and type of workouts that work for you and you’ll never look back.
Sam Wood is a fitness expert and founder of 28 by Sam Wood.