Finding The Right Time Slot for Exercise


Many of the people that I know who exercise regularly and really seem to love it, have also found the exact spot in the day where exercise fits for them. Then exercise becomes as automatic as brushing your teeth. And it would feel odd to skip it.

I am still looking for that exact spot for myself – most likely choices being first thing right after breakfast, or mid afternoon. But it really is advisable to keep looking for a time slot and then stick to it. If you flop around, it is easy to skip it altogether, or keep shifting it until it just gets lost in the day’s commotion.

Along with all of the other choices that we make about exercise you might ask yourself a few questions.

When does exercise fit time wise?

If you have to cram it in you know it might just as easily get dropped on a regular basis.

When does exercise feel really great?

That run early in the morning may absolutely make your day, or an early evening run may do a whole lot to separate work from home and make both work better.

When do you have the most energy available?

Most of us know that we won’t be able to come up with tons of energy for a gym workout right after an all day desk workout. The gym workout might fly better early morning or later in the evening.

When have you most successfully exercised?

That could be the key question. If you have marched off to the gym in the evening and been pleased then that may be your best choice. If you really would like to be outside early in the morning and have done walks or runs then, that may be a good option.

WebMD supports the idea of selecting a time slot that fits you. They suggest doing a trial run in several different time slots, and considering if you are a night owl or an early bird. They say morning exercisers tend to be a little more consistent too because there is less chance of the exercise being deleted as the day develops new demands.

Best advice - keep looking until you find the right fit and then enjoy it. When the spot works you will know it and you might go to great lengths to keep it in place working for you.

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