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6/9/13 10:12 A
In terms of weight loss/calories burned, it doesn't matter when you exercise. As others have said, what matters is when you will be most able to get it done. I find that if I don't do it in the morning--I get up at 5 or 5:30 to run before work--it's much more likely that something will come up during the day and I won't be able to fit it in. So for me, the morning is better.
Similarly, whether you eat beforehand is also a matter of personal preference. I don't, even though I'm running in the morning. I don't want to get up even earlier to make breakfast and digest it, and so far, it hasn't affected my performance.
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4 6/9/13 10:07 A
There are a lot of different thoughts on that topic. Many find the morning better since they then have it done. Wait until the afternoon and sometimes you are too tired to feel like doing it.
I have read in the past though that in early afternoon your body peaks and this is the best time to exercise, but not sure if that's true or not. Also I have read that its best to exercise at about the same time daily, your body becomes accustomed to it and performs better. But as with most things in fitness wait a week or two and someone will have a new and better idea.
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1,243 6/9/13 10:04 A
Exercise when you won't be interrupted! My schedules varies SO much. My boyfriend has class from 4:30-11:30pm every weekday, so when he is home, I want to spend even just that one hour with him, so I either wait until he leaves for class or I workout while he is at work in the morning. Combine that with MY work schedule, and I have quite the varied workout times :)
6/9/13 9:46 A
The best time of day for you to exercise is the time of day that you will do it consistently.
I discovered at age 22, that if it wasn't done by 6:30 - 7 AM, it wasn't going to happen. No one cares what I am doing before 7 AM, so my exercise hours are 5 - 7 AM. I have tried it at other times for over three decades, and inevitably something comes up and I won't get it done. Conflicts abound after 7 AM in my household.
I am age 55, kids are grown and gone, and grandkids live 800 miles away. Even with just my husband and me, I still can't get exercise completed if not done early in the morning. It is quite and rather a nice time of day when the rest of the world is asleep. The older I become, the more important exercise is.
Studies show that those who exercise early in the morning tend to be more consistent and do it more often than those who exercise other times of the day. Don't ask me why, but I have been consistent with 6-8 hours of exercise per week by doing it early in the morning for nearly 40 years.
Do what works for you. It may take some trial and error. The main thing is to get moving, stay moving, and don't ever quit. Movement is life.
You get the same benefit from working out at any time of day, so go with whatever fits your schedule the best, as this makes it more likely you will stick with exercise for the longer term. About the only thing to watch is that some people (but not all) find it difficult to get to sleep immediately after a late night workout.
Eating beforehand is largely a matter of preference - some people (especially morning exercisers) find they don't have enough energy if they don't eat at least something beforehand. Others feel nauseous if they do. Try it both ways and see if you fall strongly in either camp.
It is not necessary to eat a full breakfast before exercising - some people just have a glass of juice, a piece of fruit, etc. Just enough to pick their blood sugars up off the deck after not eating for 12 hours overnight.
Fitness Minutes: (13,769)
6/9/13 3:25 A
If you exercise in the morning you should eat first to fuel your body for the workout. As far as WHEN I would think whenever you have time to. The advantage to doing it in the morning, for me, anyway, is that I feel better for the whole day and I am less inclined to make excuses for not doing it than in the afternoon.
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8 6/9/13 2:43 A
I would like to know when is the most efficient time to excersice? In the morning or evening? And should I eat before excersice or not?
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