Any time of day that suits your schedule is a good time for exercise!
Don’t make your exercise plan something that is not natural for you or too difficult to fit in a certain time. That means for example if you are not a morning person naturally then you may not want to go running or to the gym at 6am, unless you think its something you could adapt to and learn to enjoy.
I personally advocate morning workouts and I can you hear you whining now, but sometimes you just don’t know until you try. Experiment with schedules and give yourself a chance to see if it is a good time and keep in mind it takes a couple weeks to start setting up a new habit.
Here are some good reasons for an a.m. workout:
- When you do cardio in the morning, your metabolism stays elevated for a period of time after the workout is over.
- If you exercise in the evening, you burn calories during the session, but you fail to take advantage of the "afterburn" effect because your metabolic rate drops dramatically as soon as you go to sleep.
- Morning exercise gives you a feeling of accomplishment and makes you feel great all day by releasing mood-enhancing endorphins.
- Morning exercise "energizes" you and "wakes you up."
- Morning exercise may help regulate your appetite for the rest of the day.
- Your body’s circadian rhythm (that is a pattern repeated approximately every 24 hours), adjusts to your morning routine, making it easier to wake up at the same time every day.
- You’ll be less likely to "blow off" your workout when it’s out of the way early (like when you’re exhausted after work or when friends ask you to join them at the pub for happy hour).
- You can always "make time" for exercise by setting your alarm earlier in the morning.
I love the morning work out, I get it out of the way for the day and it just sets the day up with a hit of good energy!
Morning, afternoon or night it does not matter just as long as you do it!