When is the Best Time to Exercise?
January 16, 2018 In Fitness
Some of you might be wondering how often to exercise, when and what to do – so I thought I’d give a little guidance.
- HOW OFTEN?
ANSWER: Anything is better than nothing, but shoot for at least three times a week, and remain active (by walking, doing yoga, etc.) every day. Working out more often can lead to faster results—as long as you’re smart about it… you want to pace yourself so you don’t burn out and increase risk for injury. If you’d like help with a plan, ask @jillkirshman or myself and we are happy to help!
- HOW LONG SHOULD I WORK OUT? ANSWER: The answer depends entirely on how hard you’re willing to work. According to a recent study, 20 minutes of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) — which alternates short bursts of intense effort with periods of low intensity rest — produced a similar reduction in body fat as 40 minutes of continuous, moderate to vigorous exercise. In short, if you’re someone who can “bring it,” you can slash your workout time in half.
- WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF DAY? ANSWER: This one is easy: The best time of day to work out is the time when you can do so consistently. Do you have a family and/or a stressful job? Get your sweat on in the mornings before other people can start making demands on your time. (*ME!!!*) Do you often have lunches free? Schedule your workouts for midday. Do you typically leave work needing to blow off some steam? Evening workouts will likely give you the outlet you need. Bottom line: There is no best time for everyone, but there is a best time for you.