When is the best time of the day to work out?

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    Jan 11, 2008 3:38 PM GMT

    I have been told by different people that the mornings are best for your body. Then others say at night (like after working hours). A few have said in the middle of the day.

    I did mornings, getting there for 5:30am, for a couple weeks, but found getting up that early a problem for me. I started going after work around 6pm or 6:30pm. Then after a while because of work and school demands I had to stop for a little while. I want to get back into, but want to do it right from the beginning. As it is, I don't know what I should be doing or anything.

    Thanks.
  • UStriathlete

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    Jan 11, 2008 4:07 PM GMT
    the best time to workout is... ready for the big secret???

    WHEN YOU CAN!!!! it fits into your schedule and you're consistent

    it's not rocket science. sure it you are doing big efforts, ideally do them in the afternoon when your body temp is warmer. but everyday training, do it when you can, it makes no difference.
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    Jan 11, 2008 4:11 PM GMT
    Well personally I like to wrok out in the morning and then again later in the afternoon.

    As for you it seems like you're gonna be switching your schedule alot because of the other activities you do. Don't worry about it. Lots of people are going through what you are and the best advice I can give you is to do what natural seems right through trial and error.

    You'll be changing your schedule alot throughout the years so don't let it get you down.
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    Jan 11, 2008 4:49 PM GMT
    Nothing counts like consistency. Doing something consistently is much more important than time of day etc. It helps me when I don't feel like doing anything to convince myself to just go and do something, anything. Often, I have gone in thinking I will just ride the treadmill and ended up with a super workout. Anyway, consistency will win the day everytime.
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    Jan 11, 2008 7:14 PM GMT
    Dunross-

    Maybe you should try mixing it up on those days that you can workout in the morning do that and on those day that you schedule does not permit it try the afternoon or late or early evening.

    The key is being consistant and when you can like UStriathlete stated.
    That is key with any fitness program!

    Good luck!icon_biggrin.gif
  • GQjock

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    Jan 12, 2008 1:13 PM GMT
    When you can get there....
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    Jan 12, 2008 1:31 PM GMT
    This has been discussed at length here before.

    Different folks have different rhythms.
    Different folks have different schedules.
    Different folks have different priorities.
    Different folks have different body types.

    The answer to this one is a no-brainer: whenever is best for you.
  • OhioJock

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    Jan 12, 2008 3:05 PM GMT
    If your schedule allows, I think it's when you feel your body can perform at it's max. I've tried working out in the morning but found I was only at about 85% when it came to lifting. Middle of the afternoon is best for me.
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    Jan 14, 2008 4:01 PM GMT

    Great, thank you all. I wasn't sure and I used to feel charged up in the morning after working out, but getting up that early got difficult.

    Any pointers for losing the spare tire? haha