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When is the best time to exercise?
« on: October 02, 2011, 02:50:11 AM »
Hi I'm new to this way of eating and seem to have adjusted pretty well to the food at three weeks in - although I'm still waiting for that hit of energy, I find I feel really tired.

Having read through lots of new information on different sites and books, I would like to know when is the best time to exercise??

I've always thought morning for fat lose and afternoon for fitness - not so sure this is right now.

I was reading on the leptin resistance site that it is better to eat and then workout so that you fast overnight - and when you eat the body stops burning fat.  BUT I thought that the whole point of weight training was to build muscle so that the body would continue to burn fat hours after exercise...

Soooooo feeling a little confused and would like to know what others here think/do?

ps love the forum!!



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Re: When is the best time to exercise?
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2011, 01:50:44 PM »
whenever you feel like you can put in 100% effort


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Re: When is the best time to exercise?
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2011, 05:33:58 PM »
So if I feel 100% morning and evening - which is going to give me the most benefit?

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Re: When is the best time to exercise?
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2011, 07:10:36 PM »
whenever you feel like you can put in 100% effort

spot on!

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Re: When is the best time to exercise?
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2011, 04:06:24 PM »
What Andrew said is true, exercising does keep you active throughout the day. But if you don't have time in to exercise in the morning, add an apple in to your breakfast. I did a report about how an apple in the morning is a more sufficient source of energy than a cup of coffee. Some people claim it's a myth, but I've eaten an apple every morning ever since and I notice that I have significantly less energy throughout the day when I don't have an apple. Like others have said, the best time to exercise is whenever is best for you, but if you don't have the energy to do so later in the day, eating an apple in the morning might help you.


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Re: When is the best time to exercise?
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2012, 07:13:25 PM »
I'm at 100% in the early afternoon (really anywhere in between lunch and dinner). I understand that is not the most ideal time for people who work a 9-to-5, but I have found that time to be the most ideal for my body.

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Re: When is the best time to exercise?
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2012, 03:43:04 PM »
Work out when you feel at your best.

Also, metabolically if you start working out (even when you feel tired) you will find that you have more energy. You need to use energy to make energy. Exercising ramps up the oxidative phosphorylation portion of the ATP synthase portion of your metabolism. ATP is what amounts to cellular energy, its like fuel for your car. Once you start exercising, you ramp up ATP production, which makes you feel more energetic. Spending energy creates energy :)

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Re: When is the best time to exercise?
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2012, 02:30:59 PM »
The best time will vary for each person.  I'm an early morning guy.  There is evidence that most people are stronger in the afternoon.  That may be true in my case but I know I have less stamina. The more you train at a particular time, the more you will acclimatize to that time.  I suppose that for overall fitness, that would mean you should randomize the workout time.  That way you're ready to go at any time.

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Re: When is the best time to exercise?
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2012, 07:57:35 PM »
You can't make a blanket statement like that. I'm completely useless in the morning. Performance for me peaks early afternoon.

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Re: When is the best time to exercise?
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2012, 08:10:49 PM »
I'm a big proponent of fasted state training. My personal gains while training in the fasted state are slightly better, and there is a little bit of research to back this. However, what really sold me on fasted training is how it utilizes the increased catecholamine levels to up fat oxidation. The combo of increased muscle anabolism and fat catabolism is perfect for someone who wants to gain muscle and lose fat. Aka, this guy!

http://www.springerlink.com/content/w8712615714k8150/
 "Our results indicate that prior fasting may stimulate the intramyocellular anabolic response to ingestion of a carbohydrate/protein/leucine mixture following a heavy resistance training session."

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Re: When is the best time to exercise?
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2012, 06:37:16 AM »
I prefer morning for lower intensity exercise, and afternoon/evening for high intensity stuff.

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Re: When is the best time to exercise?
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2012, 12:08:28 AM »
The best time to exercise according to me i think in morning
time. It gives us great refreshment  and energy to do work.

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Re: When is the best time to exercise?
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2012, 12:04:50 PM »
I've found the late afternoon to be a great time for gyms, tracks, pools and hot tubs effects ED drugs
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Re: When is the best time to exercise?
« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2012, 06:50:21 PM »
I read an article a few weeks ago that said you are your strongest between 2 pm and 6 pm. You are in your best shape for cardio around 5 pm.

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Re: When is the best time to exercise?
« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2012, 09:52:03 AM »
There's a guy by the name of Atom Bergrstrom whom you can lookup. He's absolutely fascinating. He a researcher into Chronobiotic Eating. Basically our bodies work on timed rhythms and cycles each day. There's an optimal time for EVERYTHING from sex, to working out to eating and more. I think he says workouts to lose weight should be done between 3 to 5 in the afternoon and workouts to build muscle should be done earlier in the day (can't remember when).

Look him up, you'll be blown a way.