And the best time to work out is…
Let’s face it, whether you’re a professional bodybuilder, 9-to-5-er, or stay-at-home parent, finding time to work out can be a challenge. There are people all over the world right now trying to decide if working out right now is their best option. Don’t worry, it gets better from here. You’re aware of the problem and now you can fix it.
The good news is that once you do find a time, sticking to that schedule is the easiest option. After 3 weeks of working out at your favorite time, you will have developed a habit and everything will be downhill from there. It’s during those 3 sucky weeks that you’ll want to kill everything in your path. This happens to the best of us and it will get easier once your body adapts to the situation.
Figuring out the best time to work out will not only keep you motivated knowing “this is the only time I can do this” and will also help you burn more calories and fat. If you’re a morning person, work out in the morning. If you enjoy the feeling of working out after a hard day at work, then work out at night. Simply find the time you will be most consistent with and stick to it. In my opinion, the best time to work out is in the morning. Here’s why:
1) Helps My Body Wake Up
2) Keeps My Metabolism Higher Throughout the Day
3) My Mind is More Alert and Attentive
4) In a Better Mood Knowing I’m Done With My Workout
What Are Your Fitness Goals?
My biggest pet peeve is planning to work out at night only to find out my wife, family or friends have made plans I cannot get out of! Choosing to workout in the morning when I don’t EVER have plans is the time I’ve found that works best for my schedule. But if you’re a night owl and enjoy heading to the gym at the busiest time of day, then by all means, go at night. Finding the best time for you is the best time to work out.
Most people want to simply lose weight. This is a great goal. When you are aware of your goals you are more likely to accomplish them. Keep a daily log and track what time you worked out, which exercises you did, what you ate, and anything else that will help you overcome challenges in the future. I highly recommend buying a heart-rate watch to maximize on calories burned. If you don’t know how many calories you’re burning, how are you ever going to succeed with your weight loss goals?
Another great way to stay consistent is to workout with a partner. A friend in the gym will push you harder than you could imagine and you’ll be more motivated to work out, even if you don’t want to. A friend helps keep you consistent with workouts. If you don’t have friends to work out with, find your local bodybuilding forum and find a friend in your area.
How Long Should I Work Out?
It has been recommended by the American Heart Association to exercise at least 1 hour per day, 5 days a week. This is a great standard for those looking to keep in shape, build muscle, keep your cardiovascular up to speed, and keeping your metabolism high. If you enjoy working out in the morning you will also burn more calories throughout the day.
What to Eat Immediately Following a Workout
Right after a workout is the best time to drink a post workout protein shake. Immediately following your exercise, your muscles are in need of instant nourishment. This shake will give your body the nutrients it needs to grow big and strong.