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What is the best time of day to work out?

Does this look like a morning person?

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I am not a morning person.  Never have been, never will be.  I vividly remember my wake up routine in elementary, middle, and high schools:

  • Step 1: My alarm would go off.  I would hit snooze.
  • Step 2: A few minutes later, my mom would come in and tell me to get up.
  • Step 3: A few minutes later, my dad would come in and rip the covers off of me and make an annoying and loud trumpet-sounding noise.
  • Step 4: My mom would scream, from the kitchen, “Get the BEEP out of bed!!!!”

And that would do it, I would throw myself from my bed and get ready Tasmanian Devil style.

College was even worse.  We had 6am workouts, off campus, my first year on the University of Florida dance team.  Let me set the stage for you.  I lived on campus, did not have a car, and cell phones were only common for lawyers and doctors.  In other words, few college students had cell phones.  I would set my alarm for 5:30am, hit snooze once, fling myself from my bed, run down the 4 flights of stairs in Broward Hall, and sprint a block to where my ride would pick me up.  My ride would leave at exactly 5:50, so if I wasn’t downstairs by 5:50, that meant no ride, no workout, and a not so happy coach.  I think we got a demerit of some sort if we missed.

Move to present day.  The earliest class that I teach is at 9:30am on Saturday.  I set my alarm for 8:15 and snooze until 8:45 (that’s a total of 4 snoozes), at which time I drag myself from my bed, slap together a quick breakfast, and manage to get to the studio by 9:20ish.

I use these real life examples to demonstrate how much of a morning person I am not.  That said, I don’t workout in the morning.  There have been some studies saying that working out in the morning gets your calorie-burning furnace revved up, but the amount of extra calories being burned as a result of early workouts, is negligible.

I did title this blog post “What is the best time of day to work out?” so I will deliver.  The best time of day to workout…drumroll, please…is whenever you CAN workout!

As I mentioned, my earliest class is at 9:30am and my latest class is at 8:30pm.  Both classes are popular, both classes are filled with hard working beasts, and both classes burn calories, increase strength, improve aerobic capacity, and get you moving!  I hope you’re getting my point.  The best time of day to workout is when you can fit it into your schedule.  Whether it’s morning, noon, night, or the middle of the night, just move!

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