Optimal Time of Day to Train!

When is the best time of day to train according to science? Let's look into the benefits of training in the morning. Well, firstly from a logistal standpoint, if you train in the morning, you have the whole day to do whatever you want and you also feel a sense of accomplishment which is a good way to start your day. Also, studies have shown that people who work out in the morning tend to be more physically active throughout the day compared to days in which they didn't workout in the morning. The last benefit of training in the morning is that studies have shown that working out in the evening may compromise people's sleep as working out increases body temperature and heart rate.

Now, let's move on to working out in the afternoon or evening. Studies have shown that humans body temperature tends to be at it's highest between 2 and 6 p.m. which means it takes less time to warm your body up. Also, a study showed that muscles can contract more forcefully and have a higher power output later in the day. Lastly, our reaction time tends to be the quickest during the afternoon and evening.

 

In conclusion, if you want to get your workout for day over and done with, go ahead and workout in the morning. If, you would like to put yourself in the most advantageous position to optimize workout performance, then workout later in the day. On a side note, if you have a full time job or just have a certain time slot in the day to workout, then workout then. Don't let this article put the belief in your head that you won't have a good workout because God forbid you workout at a not so "optimal" time. Whatever time of day it is, put your best foot forward and aim to kill the workout. Lastly, find out what works with your schedule and your body and experiment with different times of the day and then decide what suits you best.

 

1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4270305/

 

2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21029194

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