Hello there bloggies! Happy early Independence Day to everyone here in the US! Hope you all have a fantastic holiday weekend!

But now, back to business. Welcome to Fitness Friday!

If you are ever online looking at fitness blogs or articles, you are bound to come across scores of opinions about when is the best time of day for you to exercise.

Some will tell you that working out first thing in the morning is the best for burning calories and starting your day off on the right foot. Plus, all of those endorphins will get you in a great mood for the rest of the day. What could be better?

Others are just as dead set on a midday workout. A midday exercise session gives you a break from all the stresses of real life and lets you fully hydrate and fuel your body the first half of the day. That way you can push yourself as hard as you can and make sure your body is ready for it.

And finally there is another camp who will write about the details of the benefits of night workouts. The summer night air is colder, the workday has finished, and most people’s responsibilities have passed. What better way to end your day than with a perfect workout!

So, who is right? When is it best to workout?

My answer: they are all right! And they are all wrong!

To be honest, it really doesn’t matter when during the day you workout in my opinion. What matters is that you actually exercise and push yourself. The best time of day to workout is whenever you feel best physically/mentally and can fit it into your crazy busy schedule. These times are when you are most likely to follow through with your workouts, stay committed, and push yourself the hardest. If you are not a morning person, then scheduling a 5:30am run 3-4 times a week is a recipe for disaster. You are setting yourself up for failure.

Find the time that works for you. A time when you feel good and when it fits into your crazy hectic life. For me, it is usually right after work around 6pm. On the weekends, it is a little earlier at around 3/4pm. I have finished all of my analytical work in the lab and am fully fueled/hydrated. It is when I can push myself without worrying about needing to think later in the day. Exercising right after work also makes sure I don’t take a break because we all know I am not getting up once I sit down.

Thank you for stopping by the blog for Fitness Friday! When do you like to workout? Any morning trainers? How about late night? Are you one of those who sneaks out during lunch for a quick jog? Comment below or on twitter @DrFsThoughts.

Have a great holiday weekend!

-Dr. F

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