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The best time to workout depends on each person’s individual situation and the best time to workout for me has changed as my life situations have changed.
Growing up in Germany I played football and lifted weights after school. During the summer break, I would sleep in and head to the workout facilities around noonish or so. That worked great and fit with everyone’s schedule.
Playing football at the University of Iowa in the late 1990s I worked out when the coaches told me to.
In 2014, with a wife and daughter at home (and one on the way), the best time to head to the gym is 4:45 a.m. on weekdays. A little later on the weekends.
Oh my, that is so early, you might say. And it is, but it works for me for a couple of reasons:
- I have quiet time ahead of the gym. I actually get up at 3:57 a.m., have a drink of BSN N.O.-XPLODE 2.0 – Fruit Punch, catch up on Tweets, Facebook updates and the news since the evening and then head out around 4:40.
- I have a few minutes to take a look at my workout for the day. I use the Fitness Buddy app to track workouts.
- There are fewer people at the gym then late afternoons and it’s easier to get to the machines next up in a workout.
It’s also the best time to workout for me for family reasons. My wife and daughter are usually still asleep when I head out. When I get back – around 6:30 a.m. – they have just gotten up and are getting ready for their days. We often still have time to eat breakfast together and have a few minutes to chat.
Finally, for me, it gets my day off to a great start. It’s hard to not be awake and ready to go after running seven miles on the treadmill or lifting weights.
The best time to workout obviously can differ from person to person but determining what that perfect time is can help making exercise a regular and ongoing habit.