The weather is warming up, which means you can now take your workout outdoors. However, our team at AFC Urgent Care Sevierville wants to help you figure out whether that exercise routine should happen in the morning or later in the day. What do you think?

The Best Time Is What Works for You

It has gone back and forth and back and forth for years. First, they say exercise in the morning is most effective. Then they say exercise in the evening works best. The truth is, no matter what time you choose, you just need to exercise consistently.

If you’re a morning person, working out first thing in the morning is beneficial. Get your workout in before your day gears up. That way, no matter what occurs during your day, you have your workout over and done with for the day. A morning workout will also help energize you for the day ahead and help you make healthier decisions later in the day.

Maybe your energy is highest in the middle of the day. Sneak in a workout during your lunch break. A midday workout allows you to take your mind off your work—and whatever projects you’ve been working on during the morning—and utilize an entirely different set of muscles and parts of your brain. This will help you refocus for the rest of your day, amping up your productivity.

Always feel stressed after work and need time to decompress before heading home? An evening workout might be your best option. By fitting in an evening run or a trip to the gym before starting your nightly routine at home, you’ll get your workout in and get some stress relief, too. Just be sure to wrap up your workout several hours before it’s time for bed, which will give your body time to wind down for the night.

Before starting any new diet or exercise routine, visit AFC Urgent Care Sevierville to discuss these changes with a medical professional who can be sure you’re ready to tackle the new challenge.