Despite some evidence that morning workouts can capitalize on willpower strength and evening workouts can set you up for great sleep, there’s no hard-and-fast rules about when you should work out. The most important thing to consider when scheduling your workouts is making sure they’re at a time that works for YOU consistently. Sure, 5:30am workouts fit into most work schedules, but unless you’re actually able to keep to that commitment, those early mornings will result in a lot of late cancellation fees!
Your personal workout sweet spot is definitely impacted by your personal circadian rhythm, which impacts your hormones, blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature—and also controls whether you’re a “night owl” or an “early bird.” To make exercise a habit that works with your personality in the long run, find the time that works best for you and stick with it! We asked our trainers for their favorite times to work out:
- Trainer Keith: “I like working out in the evening. It’s a great time to reflect on the day, relieve stress, and goof off after having to have been so serious all day at my ‘other job.'”
- Trainer Paisley: “I work out Monday, Wednesday, and Friday around 9:30am, after I’m done with work because I’m at the gym and jazzed from all my rad clients! I also do yoga Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:30am… I like getting it out of the way :)”
Trainer Jared: “I know it sounds crazy, but a 5:30am workout pretty much sets me up for success for the rest of my day. I try to pull it off as often as possible without compromising self-care and sleep!”
Blogger Allison: “I love a 7:30am workout, especially on the weekends. Waking up early to work out on the weekends is so rewarding—you’re surrounded by super motivated people and you still have so much of the day left!”
Trainer Justin: “Whenever I can. I teach a lot and at different times so consistency is hard to come by. I prefer mid-day before lunch.”