You might have heard that the best time to exercise is early in the morning — to get your metabolism going or to avoid unexpected distractions during the day that could derail your workout. But if you’re not a morning person, it may not work for you to try to get up at dawn to work out. The key is to do what’s most likely to work for you consistently.
Body temperature typically increases throughout the day, so muscle strength and endurance may peak in the late afternoon when body temperature is highest. The afternoon is also when reaction time is quickest and heart rate and blood pressure is lowest, all of which combine to improve performance and reduce the overall likelihood of injury.
It seems that there are benefits for both morning and early evening workouts. However, aside from all the research, the one thing that all scientists would agree on is that the most important thing is exercising, no matter what time of day. But at least now you are hopefully better informed as to which time of day may be best for what you are trying to achieve, be it banishing the fat, toning up, or just for general health and fitness.
To stay motivated, choose activities you enjoy. If you’re a social person, do something that engages you socially. Take a group exercise class, join a recreational team or walk with a group of friends. If you prefer having time alone, walking, swimming or biking solo might be a better fit for you. If you’d like to spend more time with your family, find an activity you can all do together, like an after-dinner walk or game of soccer.
There are so many choices; don’t limit yourself to just one. Having a variety of fitness activities to choose from may keep you from getting bored or burned out.