You've probably heard that it's best to exercise in the morning to kick-start your metabolism for the day and help you sleep at night. You may have also read that your workout will be more productive if it's done between 4 and 6 p.m. when your body temperature is highest. What are you to make of the mixed messages?
The most important thing about your workout schedule is that it fits you. If you're not a morning person, a workout plan that requires you to get up two hours early every day may not last. The same goes if you're consistently "running on empty" after work -- force yourself into an evening workout regimen and you'll likely throw in the towel before long.
Find a time that works for you, whether in the morning, during your lunch break or in the evening, and stick with it [source: Men's Health].
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