Getting PinFit – The Best Time of Day to Workout

(Last Updated On: December 9, 2013)

By DeLano Daniels, fitness contributor, PinFit 

Typically individuals can be categorized into two kinds of people, a morning person and the other folks. Everyone knows that one individual who can get up at ANY time of the morning and can start singing while making their morning cup of java; while people like me (the other folks) are looking for a shoe to throw at the morning person.

In contrast, my kind will probably never understand the morning person, which is fine with me; we’re the majority, so that makes them strange, right? Oddly enough, early mornings are typically my busiest time of the day, so I guess I should be there. The struggle is real!!

You don’t need me to tell you that humans are creatures of habits; these habits we have will dictate things such as sleep cycles, which dictates energy levels, which dictates core temperature levels, which dictates the best time of day to workout, which dictates… you see where I’m going with this.

DeLano Daniels – Competition photo

One study showed that an individuals core temperature was typically lower in the mornings than it was in the evening. The study also found that individual performance is slightly better in the evening than in the morning.

Why is that? Simply put, your body and senses need time to wake up, you wouldn’t want a doctor who is groggy from just waking up to perform open heart surgery on your loved one; same concept. As we go throughout our day our sensory system becomes more and more stimulated which will make for a better workout.Now for those morning people who are consistently in the gym, your consistency will more than likely negate the slight performance improvement of evening workouts. If you are thinking of being some type of competitive athlete, its best that you train around the same time every, if the same time isn’t possible, be consistent!

The best time of the day for you to workout is when you feel best!

References:

1. Daniel J. West, et. al., “The influence of the time of day on core temperature and lower body power output in elite rugby union seven players” Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000301

About DeLano Daniels

After many years in health and fitness and enduring some of life’s hardest trails, DeLano Daniels launched his own fitness company Pin Fit in 2012 to help motivate, inspire, and guide individuals who are wanting to change their lives. Not only is DeLano a certified personal trainer and nutritionist, but also a sponsored athlete, natural bodybuilder, writer, and college graduate. When DeLano isn’t training for shows, he can be found training individuals for special occasions, personal goals, fitness competitions, and most importantly better overall health and wellness. For questions regarding fitness, nutrition, or training, contact DeLano at info@pin-fit.com or 832-775-3590.

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Getting PinFit  – The Best Time of Day to Workout