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DJPERAZA Posts: 2,317
1/23/13 9:11 A

morning for me. I don't get it done if I leave it for the afternoon.

CALVINWHEATLEY SparkPoints: (1,023)
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1/23/13 9:06 A

My best workout time is after work and before dinner. I target specific areas each day. Monday legs, Tuesday shoulders, Wednesday cardio, Thursday chest, and Friday arms... then on Saturday when I feel up to it I do what I call the Saturday Special which is one exercise from each target area. Sunday I generally rest but when I do workout I have a Special routine like Saturday's only with the half the exercises.

LJBKENT SparkPoints: (127,456)
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1/23/13 8:55 A

I prefer to work out first thing in the morning before breakfast. Then I've done something before the day gets away with me.

KCLIME12 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/23/13 8:48 A

I'm gonna rock the boat and say my best workout time is right after work before dinner. I just can't seem to drag myself out of bed in the morning to get it done, but by the time 5pm rolls around, I'm itching to get out of work and get home to run. Working out at the end of the day is also nice because I have the rest of then night to enjoy dinner and unwind.

SWEDIEPIE Posts: 338
1/23/13 8:13 A

My best time is in the very early morning. I'm up at 4:20 and I have a glass of water and something small to eat- either a greek yogurt or a small almond milk/banana/PB2 smoothie. I'm at the gym when the doors open at 5am.

It's all a personal preference as to when you work out. It doesn't really matter what time of day it is, as long as it is consistent and fits in your schedule. Eating or not eating before is also up to you and your body. I have to eat something or I feel weak.

2BDYNAMIC SparkPoints: (314,186)
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1/23/13 7:29 A

Morning has always worked for me w/ my schedule.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,436
1/23/13 7:22 A

You get the same benefits from working out at any time of day.

There is a myth out there that working out in the morning you will get a metabolism boost working out in the morning, but the truth is that you will get that metabolism boost at any time of day.

Go with whatever suits your schedule the best, as this makes it more likely that you will stick with exercise in the longer term.


THIRTEENREASONS SparkPoints: (40,591)
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1/22/13 10:16 P

Whenever it works for you, and whenever you have the energy. Some people have a lot of energy when they wake up and prefer 5AM workouts. I have zero energy when I wake up, so there's no way I could do that. Granted, you shouldn't go jog 5 miles and then crawl into bed, either. Give yourself some time to recover and stick to your workouts.

JILLO137 SparkPoints: (8,170)
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1/22/13 9:32 P

I don't have a special "workout time". I just go to the gym whenever I have enough time, it might be a Saturday morning, a Sunday afternoon or a Thursday evening.

H0KIE_GIRL SparkPoints: (3,588)
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1/22/13 8:23 P

I have to exercise after what but I've built it into my routine so it works. I'm not a morning person and so being at the gym at 5 in the morning to work out, get home, shower, and be ready for a business professional job just isn't "fun" to me so I get off at 5/6 at night, go to the gym for 1-2 hours and then drive myself home and its shower, dinner, and getting comfy for bed.

This allows me to get my full 8 hours of sleep and it keeps me busy at night so I'm not in front of the TV snacking.

BERTA6978 SparkPoints: (43,739)
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1/22/13 7:58 P

I've worked out at both ends of the day and found myself to be more consistent in the morning. As the day progressed, there would be a greater chance of somethng derailing me.

1/22/13 6:06 P

I like first thing in the morning the best. And never after a meal! Working out after eating makes me feel sick :(

CSTRUEBIG SparkPoints: (1,907)
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1/22/13 3:07 P

Thank you everyone it all is very help full i am going to try the early morning routine thank you ago

SPOORK Posts: 1,193
1/22/13 2:56 P

What ever time works best for you. I prefer to eat right before I exercise. I feel really sick if I exercise on an empty stomach.

SOCCERTAZ SparkPoints: (32,168)
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1/22/13 2:31 P

I work out in the morning before breakfast. My husband gets up to go to work early, so I just get up with him and exercise before I have to go to work. It works for me.

Just find the time that works best for you and keep it about that same time everyday. Once you get the routine going, it will be very easy for you to continue doing it.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,428
1/22/13 1:58 P

I agree with the previous poster that the best time for you to work out is the time when you'll do it consistently. Whatever works best for your schedule will make it more likely that you keep doing it long term, which is what is most important.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

1/22/13 1:28 P

For me it's early morning before my breakfast. I wake up and have a 90 calorie cheap granola bar and do my workout. Like one other poster said, find out what time will help make you consistant. I can't workout with a meal in my stomach or any sort of fiber going through me, even if it's been a few hours since I ate. The small sugary granola bar works for my blood sugar/energy level. It's trial & error to see what works for you and creating a habit out of it.

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1/22/13 1:21 P


ALORTA SparkPoints: (7,363)
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1/22/13 12:54 P

I'd suggest to try to do it before eating (or at least a couple hours after a meal), just to avoid getting an upset stomach or just being out of it due to digestion (feeling sluggish).
I personally prefer getting up, drinking a cup of tea and having at it! That way, not only do I get it out of the way (so I'm not trying to fit it in later, which often results in me 'not having time' for one reason or another -_-; ), but I get a really effective power boost (beats coffee any day of the week)! After cardio I shower, dress and grab breakfast before heading out to deal with the rest of my day.

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
1/22/13 12:48 P

When is the time you are most likely to workout consistently? THAT is the best time. For me, it's gettup up at 4:30 am and working out while my kids are sleeping, before work, 5 days a week. I get in a bonus workout in the tiny gym at my daughters' gymnastics class on the night they have class. Sometimes I'll take a class at my husband's gym, but for me, it's those morning workouts that I don't let myself miss (barring unusual circumstances). Working out after work doesn't work for me, most times. I'm most consistent in the am, even though I hate seeing 4:30 on the clock! My husband is also an am exerciser, although he leaves by 4:45 to get to the gym at 5 when it opens.

You have to find what works for you. When are you most motivated? What fits in your schedule the best?

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1/22/13 12:31 P

When is the best time of day to work out?
Morning before or after breakfast?
afternoon before or after lunch?
Evening before or after dinner?

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