GUEST CONTRIBUTOR: Jackie Attwood
I would consider myself a bit of a health nut; I enjoy taking care of my body inside and out and I like to think I’m ahead of the curve when it comes to fitness. So, when I read a Mail article that said evenings is the best time to exercise, I’m going to be honest, I was for a moment, gutted. I was worried I would be missing out on some big fitness benefit!
That’s because when it hits 5.30, I am ready for two things: bed or a bottle of wine. Not – cardio!!!.
Per that Mail article, scientists have found that our body’s metabolism will adapt to our workouts quicker in the evenings. So being the health nut that I am, I considered switching until I realized, I just could-not-in-hell stick to an evening workout schedule!
I thought about my time working in fitness.
There weren’t many chats on the gym floor about whether people should be working out in the morning or at night; exercising for 30 minutes or an hour; or wearing Nike vs. Lorna Jane…
There were, however, many talks about being consistent. We learned:
Consistency is hands-down the key to seeing results and maintaining it!
That means the best time to exercise is anytime YOU can consistently set aside for it. Consistency trumps everything in fitness — and any other goal for that matter.
Yes, it is true that the time of day can influence our workout performance. For example:
- In the mornings we are the most mentally alert.
- In the afternoons we have the highest pain tolerance.
- In the evenings our lung capacity is at it’s best.
All these pros and cons though…and new findings…and fitness trends…shouldn’t sway you when it comes to your workout schedule. When you work out, is not nearly as important as that you do.
Let’s stick with what works for us — and commit to making fitness a central part of our lifestyle. That, more than anything else, should dictate our fitness moves.