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June 4, 2009 6:04 pm

Best times of the day to workout

Posted in: Exercise

This one goes out to Wayne who asks “when is the best time to workout?”.  He states that he does an hour in the morning and an hour before bed.  Here’s what I suggest:

If you want to maximize fat loss, do 15-30 minutes of cardio upon waking.  That means, as soon as you wake up, chug a glass of water, maybe take some liquid vitamins, coffee is optional.. and then do some cardio on an empty stomach.  Follow that with 10-15 minutes of ab exercises.  You’ll melt belly fat like butter!

Next, I recommend weight lifting in the late afternoon/early evening hours.  For example, if you wake up at 10am, then plan on lifting weights 8-10 hours later.  This gives you all day to put some good energy food in you (complex carbs/lean protein).

I don’t recommend working out an hour before bed.  This is too late in the day and can even cause uneven sleep.  You see, after you workout, your body’s metabolism increases and stays at a raised rate for hours after you exercise.  Take advantage of this by eating your dinner following a hard workout.  Then lay off foods or eat light snacks during the 4-6 hours before you sleep. 

Hope this helps!

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  1. Comment left on:
    December 5, 2009 at 10:33 am
    Catherine says:

    I’ve been doing your “wake up no food, cardio” every single weekday…for almost 6 months now! Pounds have been shedding big time!

    Instead of the 15 min. I do 1hr.~Trying to some serious weight!!
    Goal= 1 yr straight & I haven’t missed a day yet!…
    No matter how busy the day is, if there’s a will, there’s a way, No excuse!
    I’ve lost quite a bit of weight and YOU were/are seriously MY INSPIRATION and jump start to it all.
    Thaaaanksss Steve!!

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    February 20, 2010 at 10:45 am
    Camille says:

    Hey Steve!
    Do you have an “email to friend” option? I’d like to forward this to a friend at the same time promote your site.

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    March 22, 2010 at 7:23 pm
    James says:

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