Sometimes I get asked, “What’s the BEST time to workout.” As many of you probably know, I’m a huge fan of early morning workouts. It’s one of the only times of the day I can control with the most certainty. Sure, I could workout at night, but I feel way too amped up after a nighttime workout to get to sleep at a reasonable hour. That’s why I choose to get up at 5AM. The first thing I do is drink a big glass of water to begin hydration followed by my pre-workout drink. I then sit down to read my Bible for the next 30 minutes while the pre-workout begins its work its mysterious magic. After the 30 minutes is up, it’s time to get to work!
The next thing I usually get asked is, “Isn’t working out on a pseudo-empty stomach hard?” Typically there are two camps on this issue. One camp says that you should fuel yourself with a pre-workout meal a hour before working out. The other camp says that working out on an empty stomach helps to burn more body fat because that’s the only place your body has to draw energy from. I tend to side with this group. I believe if I can push really hard on an empty stomach and there may be an added benefit of more fat loss, then why not! Generally, when I push my workout to the afternoon (which happens on occasion), I feel sluggish.
Have you ever noticed that after a workout you seem to get hungrier faster? That’s because your metabolism has been jump-started. Your heart rate will even be increased for hours after a workout. I see this as an additional plus to morning workouts. Simply put, working out early morning will keep your metabolism running higher all day long! How cool is that? You can try this yourself with a heart rate monitor (which is also good to check workout intensity). I think that the biggest advantage to early morning workouts is that you get to start the day with a win. It’s helps to keep my spirits up all day long knowing that I’ve done one of the hardest things I’ll have to do all day.
OK, but what’s really the Best Time to Workout?
But really, the best time to workout boils down to when you can actually get it done on a consistent basis. Just pick a time when you know you can put in the work and block out that time. Don’t let anything get in the way of that time. Value it. Make it a priority and see the results come pouring in!