How to Figure Out the Best Time of Day to Work Out

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Fitting a workout into your daily or weekly routine can be a big challenge, especially if you already have a lot going on. There are several factors to consider that might help you make a schedule you’ll stick to, one of which is choosing the best time of day to work out according to your needs and your psychology. Here are some tips on how to choose.

Consider Your Goals

Different times of day are better for different results. Specifically, a morning workout is better for burning fat and speeding up metabolism, while a workout later in the day—when you have greater lung capacity and higher blood sugar—will give you more endurance and the ability to push yourself further.

Work Around Your Schedule

When making new goals, we have a tendency to try to prioritize them over our other responsibilities. That kind of pressure actually makes it harder to stick with. So instead try to work around the schedule you already have. Figure out where you have a reasonable window of time and whether that time can realistically be used for a workout. If you have multiple small windows instead of one long one, consider doing several short workouts instead of one big workout.

Be Honest With Yourself

If you have a goal of working out more, then you are absolutely capable of achieving it! But it’s important to do so in a way that won’t put too much pressure on you and won’t feel like a huge burden. What does that mean? Well, for example, if you’re not a morning person, don’t try to force yourself to work out in the morning. If you really enjoy your lunchtime break and working out isn’t cathartic for you, let yourself have that break and work out at a time when you don’t need to recharge. Remember that ay amount of exercise is better than none, and as you get more used to doing so regularly you can readjust to up your goals.