This is one of the questions I get asked more than any other when it comes to exercise.
The media has done a good job of making people believe that working out at different times of the day may impact their fat loss. Some sources say that morning is the best time while other sources say that it really doesn’t matter.
So with all this conflicting information, which is the truth?
Well, it all depends on YOU. What is your life like? Do you start your day early? Or are you a night shift worker who sleeps like an owl during the day and stays awake all night. The time you wake up will determine which the best time is.
However, you should know that any time is a good time as long as you exercise. Do not skip your training just because you cannot work out at an ideal time. As long as you put in the effort and sweat it out, you’re good.
The bottom line is, there has been no conclusive evidence to show which the best time to exercise is.
Ideally, you should exercise when you just start your day. This will create the best fat burning effects. If you work out too close to bedtime, once you sleep, your metabolic rate will drop. This will slow down your body’s fat burning.
If you work out an hour after you wake, your body will be in fat burning mode for the rest of your waking hours. That’s pretty much the best gauge of when is a best time to train. It’s dependent on the way you live.
There are two factors to be aware of
First, it would be best if you could train at the same time daily. All things being constant, you will be able to track your progress and constantly see if you are beating your personal best. If you train at different times of the day, you may not know if any improvement or lack of improvement is due to your training time or performance.
The second factor is the motivation factor. Some people are grumpy and moody when they just wake up. That would not be a good time to train. Find out which part of the day you’re feeling positive and motivated to train hard. Then go do it. On some days, you may not be in the mood for the whole day. On those days you still go do it. The discipline will pay off.
Exercise is meant to be fun and rewarding. But in some cases it can be tiring and getting yourself through a work out can be a real drag. Everybody goes through that. The key point is to still go for your workout even when you do not feel like it. That’s what will ensure you become a lean fat burning machine.
Lastly, the key to any successful weight loss program is your nutrition. Your nutrition is way more important than your exercise. This will guarantee fat loss more than the time you choose to train.
Yours In Health,
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