THE BEST TIME OF DAY TO EXERCISE

Is it really the best time to train in the morning ? Or perhaps afternoon or evening?

Many people talk about morning is the best on empty stomach as you burn more fat.

Some people agree some people don’t.

There are different people to train on different times.

If a person is not a morning person and cannot wake up 5 or 6AM to go to do some exercises then they NO WAY will enjoy the session and achieve maximum results.

It applies vice-versa.

Our body temperature is the highest in the late afternoon and early evening therefore peak performances normally occur at this time of the day.

It can depend on your training regime, your schedule, and your working hours.

If you have a scheduled time to train regularly you most probably will perform the best then but It does not mean that the other person cannot perform the same in the late afternoon or evening. Also, the working hours will dictate when you train and when you don’t so your body adapts.

Let’s see a little bit of nutrition side of morning session.

If you ate in the evening last and there is not energy source (carbohydrates, protein, fat) in you by the morning most unlikely you will perform your best although studies say you can burn more fat but it is not significant. 

If you want to try or perhaps you already do the empty stomach workout you better do short interval training such as HIIT click here or Tabata.

Top level athletes train 2-3 times per day thus I’m asking you….. when do they perform the best?

I think the answer is that they have to perform the best all the time although I am sure they have there own preferences.

For final thought please see reserches below.

Abstract: Chtourou, H and Souissi, N. The effect of training at a specific time of day: A review. J Strength Cond Res 26(7): 1984–2005, 2012

This article focuses on physical performances after training at a specific time of day. To date, although the effect of time of day on aerobic performances appears to be equivocal, during anaerobic exercises, the effect of time of day has been well established with early morning nadirs and peak performances in the late afternoon. These diurnal rhythms can be influenced by several factors such as the regular training at a specific time of day. Indeed, regular training in the morning hours may increase the lower morning performances to the same or even higher level as their normal diurnal peak typically observed in the late afternoon by a greater increase of performance in the evening. However, regular training in the evening hours may increase the morning-evening (i.e., amplitude of the rhythm) difference by a greater increase of performance in the late afternoon. Therefore, adaptations to training are greater at the time of day at which training is regularly performed than at other times. Nevertheless, although modifications in resting hormones concentrations could explain this time-of-day specific adaptations, precise information on the underlying mechanisms is lacking.