Is There a Best Time to Workout?
by Rochelle Griffin
This is probably one of the most frequent questions that I get asked on my Facebook Page or in my Twitter feed. This subject has been debated with both pros and cons for years. Today I’m going to give you both a short and long answer. First the short answer…workout at whatever time of day that you are most apt to do it!
Now for the long answer… 😉
It’s important that you are honest with yourself and set yourself up for success. I’ve seen many people unintentionally sabotage themselves by picking a time of day that they were told is “the best” but it wasn’t the best for them.
As you are deciding what time is the most ideal for you, take into account a few different factors:
- The location of the workout
- The type of workout
- With whom you are doing the workout
- Your schedule for the day
- Your nature body rhythm
As you can see, it’s not just about the “best time.” It’s about what workout you’ll be doing with whom in what location. Make sense?
Because I workout in the comfort of my home, it’s easy to exercise according to my own schedule.
Personally, I live a very busy life as a homeschool mom and CEO of my company. Time is precious. For this reason, I know that I must workout first thing in the morning. If I don’t, “life” will often get in the way and my workout will be placed on the back burner. Hey, I’m being transparent here.
Also, don’t get caught up in having to do it all at once. If you have a hectic day ahead, break up your workout routine. Do 10 minutes in the morning and 20 in the evening. It’s fine to do that. A great program to follow at home when you are short on time is Ten Minute Trainer.
The only time of day that I would deter you from is late at night, perhaps after 8pm. Working out right before bed can sabotage your sleep and impede your body’s ability to repair itself. Because our bodies want to wind down at night before sleep, exercise prevents us from resting well by increasing our heart rate and body temperature.
In short, don’t let experts dictate to you when you should or shouldn’t workout. Remember that ANY workout is better than NO workout, regardless of what time of day that it is. The best advise that I can give you is to workout when it’s right for you…that time of day that you will be the most consistent with it.
To Living Your Best Life,
Rochelle Griffin, RN BSN FDN-P
Rochelle Griffin, The Wellness Detective™, is a Registered Nurse (with over 22 years experience) & a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 7-figure International company that now helps others live Their Best Life.
She founded Your Best Life, Inc with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of physical ruin with her health & the health of their young son. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.
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