When Is The Best Time To Train?

 

Today’s lifestyle is extremely hectic and stressful. Everyday, we wake up in the morning and follow our same routine. If it’s going to work, picking up the kids, going grocery shopping, running some errands or trying to have a social life, we are always complaining about not having enough time . And we still haven’t scheduled in our workout for the day. How can we possibly workout when so much is going on? Keep reading this article and find some helpful tips for your workout schedule.

I’m sure you have asked yourself this question, “When is the best time to workout?” First and foremost, workout when you can. If you have time in the morning, then workout in the morning. If your only free time is in the evening, then schedule your workout then. Some people don’t have a set schedule for their training. So it’s critical that you workout whenever you have the time.

However, from a physiological standpoint, your hormones peak at about 3 and 11 hours upon awakening. Well, what does this mean? It means that if you wake up at 7:00 a.m., you are strongest at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Also, the synovial fluid that is found in your joints (fluid that helps to lubricate your joints) reaches optimal levels 3 hours upon awakening. So if you are able to schedule your workouts around these times, you will find yourself stronger, more alert and less prone to injuries during your training.

Another important factor regarding when to workout lies with the fact if you are a morning or night person. If you are a morning person, then your body may respond better to your workouts in the morning. If you are a night person, then schedule your workouts at night. It’s also important to keep the same workout times from day to day. This way, your body can mentally and physiologically prepare itself when you are close to your workouts. If you do need to change the time of your training, then allow your body about 3 weeks to adapt to the new time change.

If you decide to workout in the morning, make sure you gradually workout with proper progression. Start off slow and work your way up to a full body workout. Your body needs to adjust to this new time change. There are a handful of benefits when training in the morning.

These include:

  • elevated metabolism
  • keeping you energized all day
  • regulated appetite
  • better sleeping patterns
  • mental acuity increased 4-10 hours after exercise.
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