The timing of your workout is one of the most important questions to consider when trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
For example, is it better to workout as soon as you wake up, during your lunch break, or after work? Will you burn more calories if you do your cardio at 7:00 p.m. or 7:00 a.m? Are you stronger in the morning or at night?
While it’s true that the best time to workout is at a time that you can personally maintain for the long haul (a.k.a if you’re not a morning person, don’t push yourself to get to the gym then) there are some benefits to running or lifting weights at certain times.
One study indicates that since our body temperature keeps our muscles flexible and helps with endurance, and is typically highest in the afternoon, hitting the gym after work may cause us to feel stronger.
Also, because testosterone production is highest in the afternoon for both women and men, doing any kind of resistance training may be more beneficial during that time, since testosterone is a key factor to building muscle.
Working out in the morning has its perks, too. In one study from Brigham Young University, participants who exercised before breakfast found that their appetite was often curbed, causing them to eat less during the day.
No matter what time of day you plan to workout, being consistent will allow your “muscle memory” to kick in, making you feel stronger at that particular time. So set a daily smartphone reminder alarm, throw your gym clothes in your car, and hold yourself accountable.
Exercising every day is something you truly can do!
Let CraveMate help you remember to be mindful of your scheduled workout times so you can stay diligent and this time, truly achieve your personal wellness goals!