As you may know from my previous posts, I like to workout in the morning as part of my morning ritual.
I’ve been doing this for about two months, and I’ve noticed that early morning workouts mean I get tired earlier in the evening — but I sleep much better through the night. It also means my internal clock has been set to automatically wake up at about 6 a.m. to do my workout.
These morning workouts also help me to feel energized throughout the day, and I don’t seem to get fatigued or hit a “wall” until after dinner.
But I realize that might not be the case for everyone. It’s important to realize that the timing of your daily workouts will absolutely impact your productivity throughout the workday.
When is the best time to workout to minimize mid-day fatigue at work? The Wall Street Journal provides some insight with this article, suggesting mid-day workout may work best for most people:
Midday is the ideal time to exercise, some fitness experts say. A workout then can give you an energy boost lasting three to four hours, says James McKenna, a professor of physical activity and health at Leeds Metropolitan University in England. A study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in 2011 monitored 171 employees at a large Swedish public dental-health group who were assigned to an exercise program during work hours. They reported increased productivity and fewer missed workdays.
Well, that obviously flies in the face of my morning routine, but it’s important to settle on a ritual that works right for you.
No matter the time during which you workout, the Journal article suggests:
To avoid midday fatigue and preserve energy throughout the day, most trainers recommend doing more moderate workouts, meaning those in which you hit 70% to 80% of your target heart rate.
Do you notice your workout times affecting your daily productivity? What workout times work best for you? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!