A very common question. The real answer is, “it depends”. I know, that isn’t the answer you were looking for, but the answer is highly individualized. Physiologically, everyone is different and we all react to physical exertion differently. Some of us are early birds, some night owls and some fall somewhere in between.
What do I recommend? I recommend working out first thing in the morning. Why?
- It gets you energized for the day.
- It gives you an accomplishment for the day. (If you are a list person you can check it off your list for the day.)
- It frees up the rest of your day to focus on nutrition.
Those 3 things are important to me!
Exercise is known to increase levels of dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine (neurotransmitters that affect mood). With those rushing through my body in the morning and with the added satisfaction of completing a workout, my day starts off AWESOMELY!
Having the workout completed first thing also relaxes me a little. I don’t have to worry about a looming workout after a LOOONG day of work. After my workout, I can just focus on my diet, making sure I get in 5 well-balanced meals throughout the day (Also checkout What Do I Eat?).
The reality of the issue AND the important thing in choosing a workout time is: Choose a time that works for YOU!
If you need help in figuring out the schedule or the meal plan surrounding a workout, just let me know!