It’s the second to last week of March, which puts us a little bit past the Ides of March. No worries, though, nobody’s getting assassinated any time soon — unless they’re an inefficient workout routine!
ASU’s spring break recently ended, and some students might be feeling like they had a little bit too much fun. Well, now’s the time to get back on track with that workout routine!
Now is the perfect time to start evaluating if you’re exercising efficiently. You still have a few more months before summer and plenty of time to be in shape prior to beach season!
So, with all the workout hype out there, I’m sure you’ve come across a few sources that tell you to work out at a certain time of day.
While these articles might not present blatant errors, the way these articles go about suggesting when you should work out is definitely wrong.
These articles assume that everyone’s the same and that everyone has the same metabolism and circadian rhythm. Well, this isn’t the case.
After you commit to making exercise part of your daily routine, it’s best to create a workout schedule that fits in your life and, more importantly, with your body.
Some questions to answer before crafting a workout routine are:
- Are you a morning person or a night person?
- How well do you sleep at night?
- Are you trying to lose weight or tone up muscles? (both might apply but if you had to choose one which would it be).
Addressing the first question: if you’re a morning person, you’re naturally going to be more energetic in the morning, and therefore, morning workouts will be the more efficient route for you. If you’re a night person, a workout session after work or before you go to bed might be better for you. It’s all about knowing your body and when it works the best.
When it comes to the second question, sleep pattern is essential to take into account. If you struggle to get to sleep at night, it’s probably a better idea for you to work out in the morning. Studies have shown that people who work out in the morning sleep better at night.
As for the third question, some studies have shown that working out in the morning before breakfast lends to higher burn of fat reserves, instead of burning calories that you’ve consumed throughout the day if you work out in the evening. But, honestly, all of these are theories.
Another thing to consider is where you live. Do you live in an urban hotspot such as downtown Phoenix, where people are out and about at 4-6 a.m.? Or do you live in the middle of nowhere where people start crawling out of bed at about 10 a.m.? It’s important to make sure you’ll be safe and around people when you work out, just in case there’s a medical emergency or dangerous encounter.
At the end of the day, you have to figure out what’s right for your body! Despite what any article or doctor tells you, you’ve got to consider what’s appropriate for your needs, because you know yourself best! So, the verdict is: there is no “perfect” or “optimal” time to work out that will burn the most calories. You’ve just got to figure out a time that suits your body best.
Stay healthy, my friends!