What is the best time to workout?

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For some, working out before work gives the kickstart they need, for other it's just horrifying. So, does it matter in terms of your metabolism and muscles?

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When it comes to doing a strenuous workout, we want to be getting the most out of it - so when should we be doing it?

We know that breakfast kickstarts your metabolism in the morning, does exercise do the same thing or is it best to go with what your body tells you?

Does the time you work out make a difference?


According to Steve Miller, author of Get Off Your Arse And Lose Weight, "The time of day you exercise doesn't have a significant impact on calorie burning. There isn't a best time to work out."

This is because "increasing your body's muscle mass automatically increases your metabolism, as muscle requires more calories to maintain than fat.

Resistance workouts and strength training are great for building muscle.

The benefits of morning workouts


Exercising in the morning helps to kick-start your system and builds endorphin levels to help put you in a good mood for the day.

However, if you're so tired you can't get the most out of your workout, it's probably not worth it. Just remember getting into a routine won't happen overnight.

The benefits of evening workouts


"Around 6pm your muscle strength is at its peak and therefore you're less likely to injure yourself.

You're also more alert at this time, as research tells us that body temperature and hormones are higher in late afternoon, which means you may get slightly better calorie-burning effect."

This is the awake factor really.

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