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Finding the time for training is probably the biggest challenge for all average people who need to stay fit at least a little bit …

Crossing all the results on this topic, I found something interesting. Apparently people should plan their training not on sophisticated studies about their own metabolism preferences [which should be the way to go for], but on the time of the day they have more will to go for training with no excuses to give up.

So it’s about training the will more than the body.

MORNING training supporters.

“Research suggests in terms of performing a consistent exercise habit, individuals who exercise in the morning tend to do better,” says Cedric Bryant, PhD, chief science officer with the American Council on Exercise in San Diego [source].

In accordance to this theory, people can focus more on training on early morning, before other factors come as distraction or, worse, as stress, draining mental and physical energies out of our body.

Physical training on early morning enhances endorphin production, which can help to live the day with a better, positive attitude.

LUNCH BREAK training supporters.

This routine is apparently very appreciated by students, which are young and full of life. “From CEOs to college students, working out during a lunch break is growing in popularity, and it really is a fun and easy way to get more physical activity into your life,” says Craig Valency, a personal trainer at the Scrippts Ranch Bally Total Fitness club in San Diego [source].

I personally see loads of people working for corporations and having training at the lunch break. Personally, going to be 40 years old, I believe there is no time for a proper warm up + training + stretching + shower + meal all together in 1 hour, sharp.

However this solution is also very “posh” and attractive, as while others have their lunch break eating and being lazy [and I am part of this group], lunch time athletes get their fancy gym bag and go for training with their iconic smile as to say… along next hour, my buttocks will get smaller and nicer, yours will crush to the ground soon… hilarious…

AFTERNOON training supporters.

This is interesting: a research proves that having training on afternoon enhances muscle growth. “In the short term it makes no difference whether you pump iron in the morning or afternoon. But if you can choose, then probably in the long term it’s better to train in the afternoon”, write sports scientists from the Finnish University of Jyvaskyla in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research [source].

I almost trained on afternoon, and I did it for 2 main purposes:

  1. I did my job in the morning, so later on I can dedicate my spare time to what I want as the day is coming to its end ;
  2. Afternoon training helps me to release the stress stored along the day, driving me to bed with a sort of bitter-sweet painful pleasure in my tired muscles.

This article summarize all the 3 training approaches in accordance to the additional value they have on specific scenarios. Check this out :

Morning:

  • Testosterone is at its daily peak.
  • Mental alertness peaks late morning.
  • Memory works best.
  • Body temperature is still low.

Afternoon:

  • Pain tolerance is highest.
  • Possible point of low energy around noon.
  • Late afternoon, adrenalin and body temperature has a rising trend.
  • Late afternoon, there is an optimum period of mental/physical function balance.

Evening:

  • Coordination, stamina, body temperature at a peak.
  • Lung performance is best.
  • Flexibility and strength at their greatest.
  • Mental focus is waning.

So, no matter the time of the day, just find what works better for you. Test various options and let specialists [i.e. Doctors, Trainers] helping you.

Let’s close this article quoting the youngest Mr. Olympia ever…

Arnold Schwarzenegger: “Training gives us an outlet for suppressed energies created by stress and thus tones the spirit just as exercise conditions the body”.