Routine is an essential part of life, especially if you’re chasing health and fitness goals. Typically, those who consistently exercise as a non-negotiable part of their routine fall into two camps: morning or evening exercisers. The early birds and after-work trainees rarely cross paths, committed to their favorite time to hit the gym.⁠

So what does science say about the ideal time to train?⁠

Training in the morning can be a great start to the day, effectively ramp up your metabolism, and give you a feel good dopamine hit.⁠

Training in the evening can actually increase sleep quality, provide a time to decompress after work, and may be best for your schedule.⁠

The bottom line is that for 99% of people, the best time to train is whenever you can fit it consistently into your schedule.⁠

If you’re genuinely interested in performing at an optimal capacity, research suggests that afternoon and evening training sessions are ideal. However, if like most, your primary goals are to ‘look good naked’ or ‘live long and prosper,’ whatever time of day you decide is perfectly fine. The key is to find the time that helps you be most consistent!