What Time Should I Work Out? This Is The Easiest Way To Figure It Out
When I hear the term "rise and grind" from my friends who swear by early morning exercising, I honestly cringe. TBH, I can barely convince myself to part with my pillow to eat a bomb breakfast, let alone squeeze in a sweat sesh before sun up. But early birds who hit the elliptical first thing in the morning swear that it's the best time of day to work out, because it leaves them feeling energized AF. But, if you're the opposite of a morning person and that 6 a.m. sweat sesh will just never sound appealing to you, you may be in luck.
A study in the Journal Of Strength And Conditioning revealed that strength and flexibility are actually greatest in the late afternoon, and this is because of your body's circadian rhythm. Your circadian rhythm is your body's natural clock and it causes your body temperature to rise slightly throughout the day and peak in late afternoon.
This is why using that body clock as a factor to schedule your workouts may be the simplest factor in determining the best time of day to work out.
Like, going to have to skip out on that 6 a.m. Soul Cycle class... cause, science says so. #SorryNotSorry. So, Elite Daily spoke with Dr. Anthony Balduzzi, founder of the Fit Father Project, to get the low down on how much your circadian rhythm really impacts your #GymGains.
Here's what he told us:
Balduzzi told us that circadian rhythms are largely synced with the amount of sunlight (or lack there of) in your environment, because your body is designed to live in sync with the natural rhythms in nature.
Now you know what to blame when you just can't drag your butt to your a.m. sweat sesh on those dim winter mornings, amirite?
Dark and dreary conditions or not, Balduzzi confirmed that circadian rhythm can indeed reveal the optimal time to hit the weight room.
Balduzzi said that this is why if you swear by working out right when you wake up -- before you've had time to eat anything -- it can actually preserve morning cortisol levels and may create some modest fat burning benefits.
But the benefits of working out before you've had breakfast isn't actually based in enough evidence to suggest shaking up your morning routine if doing this doesn't already come naturally to you. A study in The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition randomly assigned a group of women to either fast before their sweat sesh or drink a light shake.
The trial concluded that their was no difference between fasted and non-fasted aerobic exercise, because both groups burned the same amount of fat in the end.
Bottom line: Syncing your daily workouts with your body's natural circadian rhythms can help optimize your workout results -- if you're really being particular about it.
But Balduzzi says not to sweat it (literally) if you can't cater to your body clock.