If you’re serious about getting fit (and have the flexibility in your schedule), this thought may have crossed your mind: “When is the best time of day to exercise?” As fitness buffs, it’s our mission to make the most of the time we have to train our bodies as well as maximize the benefits from every workout session. We asked fitness and wellness pro Adam Rosante to weigh in on the morning vs. night workout debate. Here’s what he said:
There are minor benefits to working out at different times of the day. The most important word in that sentence right there is “minor.” The simple fact of the matter is, the benefits of a morning workout vs. an evening workout are fairly negligible. The best time of day to exercise is quite simply, the time of day that you’re going to exercise. More productive in the morning? Great! Morning is your answer. Have the opportunity to duck out at lunchtime for a sweat sesh? Awesome! That’s your best time to workout. I could go on for hours.
“All that said, there is a time that I personally feel is the absolute best time for most people. And that’s first thing in the morning. Why? Because it gets it out of the way and levels your excuses.”
All that said, there is a time that I personally feel is the absolute best time for most people. And that’s first thing in the morning. Why? Because it gets it out of the way and levels your excuses. Think about it. How many times have you planned to workout at lunchtime, only to have an unexpected meeting crop up and knock it off your calendar. “No biggie!” you say. “I’ll just go after work.”
Then, around 4:30, you get a text from a friend you haven’t seen in forever. She’s having a problem with [insert drama here]. Of course, you’d be a terrible friend if you weren’t there for her right? Ciao ciao, workout.
Had you just gotten up 30 minutes earlier, you could have crushed an awesome workout and set an amazing tone for the rest of your day. Your energy’s up, your metabolism is raised, and you’ll be more likely to make healthier food choices throughout the day.
But most importantly, no matter what your day throws at you, it’s impossible for your workout to get scrapped from your dance card because it’s already been done.
A regular contributor on Cosmopolitan magazine’s CosmoBody online fitness channel, Adam Rosante is a globally recognized fitness, wellness and nutrition expert. He was named one of the sexiest trainers in the country by SELF magazine and one of the six hottest trainers to watch in 2014 by DETAILS. Rosante’s fitness brand, The People’s Bootcamp, is considered one of the toughest workouts around. He is also the creator of surf-inspired workout, WaveShape. Rosante’s first book, “The 30 Second Body: Eat Clean, Train Dirty & Live Hard,” a 6-week fitness, diet and lifestyle program, is scheduled to be published by Random House next month.