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When Should I Work out and What Should I Do First?

When Should I Work Out and What Should I Do First?

By: Trainer Julie Blessing


I am often asked “when is the best time of day to work out?” The most honest answer I can give you is “whatever works best for you.”  Sure, there are pros and cons to working out in the morning or at night, but whichever time fits best with your lifestyle is when you should workout.   Not a morning person? Work out after work.  Too tired after work? Work out in the morning. If you have the flexibility to do either, the following list may help you decide which is best for you.



Morning Workout Pros:

  • Get it out of the way
  • Emptier gym
  • More awake and focused for the day
  • More energy while training
  • Higher chance of doing a workout

Morning Workout Cons:

  • Less food eaten
  • Waking up early
  • More warm up required



Evening Workout Pros:

  • More food consumed
  • Stress reliever from busy days
  • Can sleep in
  • Less warm up required
  • More relaxed mornings

Evening Workout Cons:

  • Busier gym
  • Higher chance of skipping workout
  • Less energy while training



Another question I am often asked is “should I lift or do cardio first?” And again, I am going to give a simple answer “whatever works best for you.”  Whichever part of your workout you want to put the most energy towards is what you should do first.  Trying to lift your heaviest weight? Lift first.  Focused on running your fastest or furthest?  Do cardio first.  Doing cardio before a lifting workout can serve as a great warm up, but it can also tire you out.  Lifting before a cardio workout ensures you have the most energy to lift, but can also lead to shortening your cardio time due to fatigue.  Give them each a try and see which works best for your workout style!



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