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What Time of Day Do You Work Out?

What Time of Day Do You Work Out?

There is an ongoing debate about what time of day is best for working out — a.m. vs. p.m. Working out in the morning definitely has its benefits. It helps wake up your body, clears your mind, and relieves prework stress. It's also nice to get it done in the morning so you don't have to worry about fitting it in later in the day.

Exercising in the afternoon or evening has its pros too. You don't have to wake up early and miss out on sleep, and your body has a chance to warm up throughout your day, so when you exercise, there's less risk of injury. It can also be cooler at night, which is great during the Summer months.

Since there are pros and cons to each, the bottom line is that it doesn't matter when you exercise, as long as you do it. So what about you . . .

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lydialee_home lydialee_home 8 years
Morning time for me - it's hard to workout in the afternoon / around dinner time when you have kids.
MissSophia MissSophia 8 years
Early morning from 6-7am. I find Im too tired after work. Plus early in the morning, it's all silent and the air is cleaner. No pollution build up from the day
breesays breesays 8 years
i work from 10-4, go to the gym, go home and then work for a couple more hours before bed. whenever i work out in the morning, i always get realllly tired once my body temp drops back down. i used to kill me in high school x-country had morning workouts before class
cg130 cg130 8 years
I like to go between 3 pm - 6pm. Ideal time for me is from 3-4 or 4-5.
Angelica Angelica 8 years
At least twice a week I dare myself to get up early and go for a run or go to the gym and I never do. It's 7-8 pm for me! I love working off the stress of the day and going home happy and energized.
Mila_83 Mila_83 8 years
I always work out first thing in the morning (5:30am)and I love it. It gives me boost of energy and I always feel great and ready for the day ahead. Also this way I know that even I will be stuck at work late(happens quite often)I'm done with my work out and won't miss it.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I work out as soon as I wake up. Since I work various shifts, the time varies from about 3:30 am to 8:00 am, depending on if I'm working the early morning shift or the evening shift.
syako syako 8 years
4:30 is EARLY! ;)
ualili ualili 8 years
I usually work out in the later evenings, when my DH and I can do it together. However, I have been trying to fit in an early morning run and it's been hard! My alarm apparently went off at 4:30 AM this morning and I had no clue - DH finally shut it off when I showed no signs of consciousness. :(
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Anais18 Anais18 8 years
I walk early in the morning before going to work, and in the afternoon i do my pilates/yoga/weight training session.
hlj504 hlj504 8 years
Around dinnertime (after work) during the morning on weekends!
Frenched Frenched 8 years
I like working out first thing in the morning because it starts off your day on a positive note. It calms your nerves and then you don't have to worry about working out in the afternoon. But I also like working out later in the afternoon after work because it gives me a second burst of energy that I DESPERATELY need in the evenings. It has its pros and cons but I usually try to do it first thing in the morning.
soccerkim soccerkim 8 years
I would say ninety percent of the time, I work out in the early morning before work (5:30-7:30 a.m.) It feels like I accomplished something, makes me calmer, and in the summer here it's so hot that it's a bit easier to run in the a.m.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
kristints kristints 8 years
I usually do some circuit training mid morning and then my main workout is in the early evening when I either jog, hike or play tennis. Most days I also squeeze in a Pilates DVD at some point in the day too.
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 8 years
Usually between 1-3 pm. At that time the gym is pretty much empty.
pamela87 pamela87 8 years
I'm a student & I work a split shift part time job, so it totally depend what time of day it is. On average I'd say I work out half the time in the morning, the other half in the evening. I do try to hit the non-peak times at the gym when I can...
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I know it's supposed to be best to work out in the morning, so I try to, but I just have trouble getting up in time, so I usually wind up working out in the evening, after work.
shiningeyes shiningeyes 8 years
I go to the gym in the morning for about 1hr-1.5hr (some time between 5:30am-7:30am) and I'll usually do a quick 20min exercise dvd or a quick jog in the evening too around 8pm (during summer). On the weekends, I'll go to the gym around 8am instead.
girlgreen girlgreen 8 years
when i do work out, it's always late at night, around 10pm or so. i wish i was a morning person, but i can't make myself get up one minute earlier than i have to. plus, i like taking showers at night, not in the morning, so i generally work out right before i shower, then get ready for bed. i never have a problem falling asleep.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
Always straight after work, as the gym is only a minute from my office, so from about 5:45-7. On weekends I like to go for a run or swim mid morning, so between 10-11.
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