Right now it is 12:45 and I am considering whether or not a workout it worth it. I have a class at 2, so I am going to say no. Definitely not enough time for changing, getting sweaty, and then trying to get ready for class again.
I enjoyed my winter break because I was able to workout whenever I wanted to. Morning or afternoon, it didn’t matter. Whenever I felt like going for a workout I had the time and flexibility. Being in college I definitely have a lot of flexibility with my workout schedule – I have worked out at 10 in the morning between classes and I have worked out at midnight. In the past it all depended on what I felt like doing. Often that ended up in not going at all. Now I know I must work out, so I need to pick a time that works with my schedule and stick with it.
Britney Spears does her workout from 1 – 3. This might work for Britney, but I don’t think I would enjoy that time of day for working out. I usually reserve that period for sleep.
I have always heard that working out in the morning is best for you, but my morning starts right before class, so that won’t work either. Here is an article with opposing advice: a late afternoon workout is best for your body.
Dr. Phyllis Zee of Northwestern University has a different opinion about when is the ideal time to exercise.
“The best time to work out is in the late afternoon,” Zee said. “The reason for that is your muscle strength is at its peak, its highest. You’re going to be less likely to injure yourself. It’s also a time when people are most awake and alert.”
The science behind Zee’s assertion resides with delicate rhythms of the brain called circadian rhythms. According to Zee, circadian rhythms explain why working out later in the day might be more productive and beneficial.
“One of the things that circadian rhythms does is that it determines when your best performance time is,” Zee said. “Your ability to perform changes throughout 24 hours.”
“There is some evidence that morning exercise promotes more fat burning than other times of the day, but the difference is so small that it really wouldn’t matter,” said Richard Cotton, an exercise physiologist. “And if you’re going to exercise inconsistently in the morning, then it’s not worth it at all.”
What do you think? When is the best time to workout for you?