If you’ve been stressing yourself out concerned that you’re messing up with your training times then make sure you read today’s Q and A!
In today’s “Q and A’s”… you’ll learn if exercising in the morning is REALLY the best time to train…? …And Does it matter what time of the day you workout?
Even though this is a controversial topic, the answer to both of these are much simpler than you think.
I hope you enjoy this edition…
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For a more detailed answer see Ross’s written response below.
People often recommend exercising in the morning to maximize fat loss, but it is not essential. While the theory makes sense, the impact of working out in the morning is usually overstated and does not make as much of a difference as people suggest.
The recommendation stems from research studies showing that exercising in a fasted state resulted in a higher percentage of fat calories burned during a workout. The problem is a higher percentage of fat calories burned doesn’t necessarily mean a greater amount of actual fat is burned. When t comes to fat loss, the total number of calories burned is more important than the percentage of fat calories burned.
A more important factor to consider with regards to the time you workout is when your body responds to exercise best. Some people exercise in the morning because it makes them feel good and provides energy for the rest of the day. If that is the case for you, then there is definitely no reason to change your workout time, but some people react very differently to morning workouts.
Personally, exercising in the morning does not work well at all. I feel like my body does not wake up until about noon, even if I wake up at 6 or 7am. If I make myself exercise early in the day I feel more run down and beat up than I do after a later workout. In addition, I am not able to push myself as hard or perform as well during morning workouts. For me, a morning workout results in exercise that may burn a higher percentage of fat calories, but is ultimately inferior in almost every other way to later workouts.
This does not mean everyone should exercise in the afternoon, but rather you need to find the time that works best for your body and your schedule. This is especially true for people training to improve performance in a sport/activity or working to improve their overall fitness level. Of course, even if you are not able to exercise at your ideal time, exercising at a different time is always better than missing a bunch of workouts.
By Ross Harrison
VFT “Awesome” Fitness Expert 🙂