When is the best time of day to workout

When is the best time of day to workout

Are you up with the lark or a night owl when it comes to your work-out routine?

Many people can’t face hauling themselves out of bed at the crack of dawn, but for some the evening is the time to wind down.

The best time for exercise very much depends on personal preference, along with physiology.

Afternoon Perks

Don’t panic if you can’t make yourself run at 6am – some people by nature perform better after lunch. In fact, it has been shown that if you regularly exercise at the same time, your body adapts to this and will soon get used to your 4pm session.

Scheduling a routine and sticking to it can ensure that you perform better at that time every day.

Temperature also plays an important part in how effective your exercise is. Too cold and your muscles will be susceptible to injury, whereas a warmer body leaves joints and muscles more flexible. As you go through the day you naturally warm up, so afternoon has its bonuses.

This is also the time of day when your heart rate and blood pressure are at their lowest – all helping to prevent injury.

Morning Motivation

If it’s a morning work-out you prefer, then you’re likely to find yourself sleeping better, since working out late in the day can disrupt sleep.

And if it’s all about burning fat, research has shown that a morning workout can help burn up to 20 per cent more body fat if you’re exercising on an empty stomach.

No matter if you prefer morning or afternoon, it’s best to find a consistent pattern that works with your day.

The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.


Lucy C.
29 July 2017

Lucy C.

before lunch works best for me. Especially if I can then use my lunch hour for the workout and eat my sandwich at my desk afterwards. (sorry, boss!)

Sean S.
27 July 2017

Sean S.

I am definitely a morning active person. I love the feeling it gives me knowing I have done something healthy for my body, and that feeling lasts all day and encourages me to eat healthily too.

steven y.
27 July 2017

steven y.

If you exercise in the evening it can leave you feeling wired so you can't sleep until late. Morning workouts are better as it leaves you alert for the day

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