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Helpful advice from Well+Good readers on when to fit in your workouts


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Welcome to our every-so-often series of questions to discover how you, our readers, live a super interesting, healthy life. We totally invite you to dish on your habits, preferences, and know-how in the Comments, and we may even use our favorite ones in an up-coming article! This week we asked about your workout habits:

We wanted to know: What’s your ideal time of day to work out?

The results: The majority of you definitely said fitting in a morning sweat session is your ideal scenario, but others chimed in to share why they love hitting the gym after work.

In case you need help figuring out which camp you may fall into, we summed up the main reasons readers preferred one or the other, below.

Another thing to remember? Many readers said it doesn’t matter when you choose to do it. What’s important is that you schedule your workouts in your calendar, to help with consistency. You guys are really, really smart.

Reasons to work out early in the morning

For all-day energy:  “Love to rise and run or rise and ride before the sun rises at 5:30. Nothing better than the early morning stillness and waking up with the rising sun. Invigorated for the rest of the day and any other activity for the day is bonus.”  —GirlfromPA

To mentally prepare for the day: “I work out every week day between 530AM-630AM, it’s so beautiful to get your body going. You have time to reflect, breathe and prepare for your day. The best part is that it’s over so early too! It takes awhile to adjust to but once you do, oh it’s so great. Start the day before the sun.” — Danielle

To make sure you get it in, in case something comes up later: “Work schedules are so unpredictable, so ensuring I get the sweat session in before work is non-negotiable.” —Rachel

Because evening workouts mess with your sleep sched: “I hate evening/after-work workouts. I feel like it messes with my body’s natural cycle and makes it hard to sleep.” —Eliza

Reasons to work out in the evening, after work

Because waking up crazy early makes you tired: “I find that working out in the late afternoon or evening is best. If I work out early or in the morning, I am exhausted by the afternoon and desperately in need of a nap. Exercise only gives me more energy if I do it at night.” —Emily

To sweat out stress after a long day: “I am partial to working out in the evening, after work, to decompress after a stressful day.” —Vivian

To make sure you’re awake and ready to really go for it: “I generally have trouble moving in the morning; I’m not focused or awake and my muscles take a good portion of the day to warm up so my ideal time is late afternoon or early evening before dinner, then I can rock it!” —Angie