Saturday, May 11, 2013


This week's blog is about our workouts. More specifically, what time of day we do those workouts and why.
Personally, I workout 3 times almost every day. I feel that I need to do a workout after each meal to work off some of the calories I've eaten before they turn into more fat, lol.
After over a year of this, I started to wonder if I was doing things right or not, so I decided to do a bit of research.
As the above pic shows, there are 2 times of day for workouts. LOL...right away it seems I'm doing it wrong!
1. Morning workouts:
Morning workouts are best if you want a better night’s sleep.

People who work out at 7 a.m. sleep longer and have deeper sleep cycles than those who exercise at other points in the day.

Early birds also experience a 10% reduction in blood pressure during the day and a 25% dip at night.

The better you sleep, the better it is for your body. It increases your cardio health, decreases stress and anxiety, helps you maintain your weight and lowers your blood pressure.

Plus, the more time spent in deep sleep, the more time your body has to repair itself.
2. Evening workouts:
Evening exercise boosts workout performance.

Core body temperatures are higher at that time, making our muscles and joints more adaptable to exercise.

This means less injuries occur.
When it comes to weight loss, it’s a toss-up between mornings and evenings.
In one study, participants were split into two groups. One group walked in the morning, while the other walked in the evening. At the end of the study, evening strollers did better overall with weight loss, losing more fat mass than morning walkers.

On the flip side, research shows that exercising in a fasted state (which is usually only possible before breakfast) is better for weight loss because our bodies burn a greater percentage of fat for fuel during exercise, instead of relying on carbohydrates from food.
On another note...The best time of the day is when you will do it most consistently. The benefits of physical activity are tightly linked to the amount you do on a consistent basis.
Bottom line: Don’t sweat the time of day too much – just break a sweat whenever you can.
Stop and think about your workouts...
1. When do you find is the best time for you to get your workout/exercising in?
2. Why is this the best time for you?
3. Will you change your timing now that you've read my blog?
As for myself, I see that I've got both recommended times covered...and a mid day one thrown in for good on second glance, I'm not doing it wrong after all :)

NEXT WEEK'S BLOG: Survey Says ...
DISCLAIMER: Whenever I use the word DIET in my blog posts I am in no way suggesting that I have invented/discovered some miracle system to lose weight. Whenever I use the word DIET, I am simply substituting a single word to replace the longer phrase EATING HEALTHIER THAN IN THE PAST.


  1. I work out at 9am after Bill has gone for his walk. I don't need for anyone to see me working out. Plus I like to get it done and over with.

  2. I prefer going in the morning right when I get home from work or wake up, otherwise as the day goes on I will get lazy and won't want to go to the gym.