Making Time for Working Out

The number one excuse I hear from people about why they don’t exercise is that they don’t have enough time. Have you said this before? You might actually have the time, but there may be other reasons why certain times of day are better than others for you to workout.

  • When you eat – If you’re not a breakfast eater, a morning workout might not be best for you. Your body needs to be properly fueled for your workout, and this means being hydrated and having enough glycogen stored in your muscles for them to work. At least one hour before exercise, drink 16 ounces of water and eat 1 gram of carbs for every 2.2 pounds of your body weight (about a cup of oatmeal and one banana for a 125 pound person).

  • Your energy level – Exercise can help boost your energy, but if you’ve had a long day at work, you probably want to relax at the end of the day, so a morning workout is a better choice. If you decide to workout in the evening, try not to do it too close to bedtime, otherwise you might have trouble getting to sleep.

  • Where you like to exercise – If you like group classes at the gym, you’ll be limited to the times they offer the type of class you like. If you prefer to go outside, the weather might affect whether you exercise. You need a backup plan in case your first choice doesn’t work out.

  • Whether it’s convenient – The more obstacles between you and your workout, the less likely you are to do it. If you make it easy (like, the gym is on the way to work, or you see your workout equipment when you get out of bed in the morning) then it’s more likely to happen. You may be more responsive to these exercise cues at certain times of day.

If you’re having trouble fitting in a workout, contact me at and we’ll figure it out together.

Jennifer Slaboda