Exercise has more variables than most of us realise. There's information out there on just about everything fitness. Which exercises are the best? What should you eat afterwards? They're all just as important as the next, but one that seems to fall off the radar a little, especially for new starters, is when the best time to exercise is.

There's no one simple answer, but there are some things that you should know about if you want to have the best chance at sticking to your routine and making real progress. Exercise is exercise at the end of the day, and it's bound to have awesome results anyway. The difference? Different times actually do have different benefits. You're asking the question for a reason after all, right?


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Working Out in the Morning

At exercise.co.uk, we’re often the first to say that a morning workout is the way forward. It’s an incredible way to start your day, and it has a rippling effect on the rest of your day too!

Exercising in a morning helps you to keep energised for the rest of the day, feel more motivated, be more productive, and even make better decisions too (or so studies suggest in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, reported PsychologyToday). No matter if you're heading to work or taking a day to yourself, it’s always a good thing to have done.

On top of that, it’s done and dusted too. You don’t have to spend the rest of your day thinking about your workout or when you can fit it in. It’s already done! Golden.

Working Out on an Evening

It sounds like there's a clear winner here, but when to workout isn't a one size fits all kind of question, as we said. Some of the night owls out there, or even just busier people may well prefer to exercise on a  night. Is that a problem? If you can hack it or you enjoy it, then definitely not!

Exercising after work, on your way home, or even just later in the day has it’s own host of benefits too. You burn a lot of leftover energy and might even be able to sleep better as a result (as long as you don't get the endorphins pumping TOO close to bedtime, says Harvard Health). If it's easier, more practical, or generally when you find yourself more motivated, then go for it!

Active Days

Morning and night aren't the only options available to you in this situation, either you know. If you don’t know when to exercise (which is probably why you’re here), there are other factors you may have forgotten about too. In fact, some of these can actually make it easier than ever to get in that all-important exercise while SAVING you time.

Lunchtimes in your day are another biggie that people like to go for. If you have a big gap in your day for whatever reason (usually lunchtime), why not use that time proactively? You can hit the gym for a quick workout, go for a run, cycle, or just about anything else you want really; if it’s practical of course.

Even on top of all of that, you can take things up a notch and maybe save yourself some money as well as time! Instead of driving to work or taking transport, why not look into taking the bike, walking, or even running. Even if it’s only one way, you’ve definitely made the most of your time, got an awesome workout, AND saved money on transport costs (probably traffic too).

For more on keeping active in your workday, check out our article here too.

So When is the Best Time?

All of these options are more than viable when looking at when the best time to exercise is, no matter what your workouts are. The best advice we can give you is this: work out when it suits you. Find a way to exercise that’s easy and practical, plus a way that you can enjoy too. That’s the only way you’ll be able to keep it up long term, no matter how motivated you are.

It doesn't matter if it's using your home gym, a commercial gym, your commute, or your lunchtime, do whatever you need to do in a way that works best for you. There's no best time to workout, and they all have their advantages. Find what works and try to stick at it!


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Before beginning any exercise or nutrition program, consult your physician, doctor or other professional. This is especially important for individuals over the age of 35 or persons with pre-existing health problems. Exercise.co.uk assumes no responsibility for personal injury or property damage sustained using our advice.

If you experience dizziness, nausea, chest pain, or any other abnormal symptoms, stop the workout at once and consult a physician or doctor immediately.