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When Should You Work Out?
Everyone has a time of day when they do their best work--both at the office and at the gym. Do you know what time of day is best for you? When should YOU work out? The journal Cell recently published the results of a study that evaluated when the best time of day was for people to work out. The results are below!
Are you the kind of person who always leaps out of bed in the morning, hits the shower, and has a hearty breakfast before racing off to work? You probably have a hard time staying awake at night, but mornings are the best time for you. You're usually full of energy and ready to hit the day at full speed.
If you're an early riser, the best time of day for you to work out is around noon. You can get most of your work done in the morning, hit the gym at 12 PM, and get back to finish up the last few tasks before it's time to call it quits. You'll have the most energy circa noon, and that's when you want to take advantage of your high motivation to get in that workout.
Are you the kind of person who has a hard time getting up in the morning, no matter what time you went to bed? You know you need to be at the office by 9 AM, so you're dragging yourself out of bed around 7:30. By the time you hit the showers and have a hearty breakfast, you feel a bit better, but you really only hit your stride of efficient work and thinking by around 10 or 11 AM.
Midway risers perform their best at around 4 in the afternoon. They will have the most energy at that time, as their bodies have finally kicked into high gear enough to push through the workout. It's wise to skip your lunch break and instead take off from work an hour early. Hit the gym at 4 PM, and you'll get through that workout like a champ!
Late Risers/Night Owls
Are you the kind of person that has dinner at 9 PM, spends most of the evening playing video games and watching TV, and only ever gets to sleep in the wee hours of the morning? You sleep through your alarm clock in the morning, you struggle out of bed, and you're often just making it in to work under the wire. Perhaps you even work from home, allowing you to sleep late and start work later.
If this is you, you're a night owl, and the best time for you to fit in your workout is at 8 PM. When you work out at night, you're taking advantage of your peak energy levels, making it easier for you to power through the workout, no matter how tough. (Note: It's important for night owls to fit in a late workout. In the study, the night owls who tried to work out earlier in the day performed 26% worse than they did at night!)
What Kind of Person Are You?
Read the information above to see what kind of person you are, and plan your workouts accordingly. You don't have to do the workout exactly ON THE HOUR, but that's when it's best to schedule them. Shuffle around your work schedule to accommodate these peak hours, and you'll feel amazing when you finally do hit the gym. Of course, you should find the time when you are at your best, but the information above will give you a good rule of thumb to follow.