When do you work out?

posted 2 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
1131 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I work out after work, generally around 7:15pm. If I know I’m going to be getting home after, say, 8:30 or so, I run before work. It’s not super safe to run in LA in the dark.

So, I’m a weirdo, and I like to work out after I eat. I usually don’t feel like I have any energy for running until I’ve eaten! But scientific studies (aka friends and family calling me crazy) have shown that most people prefer to work out before eating. I believe it is also better for your digestion, esp if you have acid reflux, to exercise before eating.

I think you should just go ahead and do what feels most convenient and natural, and if you notice problems, like, for example, you feel sick if you eat dinner less than 20 minutes after a workout, you should adjust your routine accordingly.

btw – good luck and congrats on making the decision to get healthy!

  • This reply was modified 2 years ago by  ohnatto.
Post # 3
1208 posts
Bumble bee

i work nights so I workout first thing in the morning when I get home from work, around 9am. I have a scoop of protein powder with water and half a banana about an hour before my workout and 1/4 cup chocolate milk right after my workout S my recovery drink. I try to work out 4-6 times a week.

Post # 4
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I workout at lunchtimes- breaks up my day and gets me going through the afternoon- then usually try to do another workout after work (I finish at 4.30pm so have plenty of time).

I try not to eat anything heavy before the gym but I do have a light snack, e.g. piece of fruit, so I’m not starving

Post # 5
61 posts
Worker bee

I workout at 5 am every morning! It’s too early for me to be hungry yet so I don’t eat first but get super hungry after which is just in time for breakfast. Works for me!

Post # 6
6439 posts
Bee Keeper

I work out in the morning so I can just get it over with and move on with the rest of my day.

Post # 7
2395 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I can barely get to work and function at 9:00 in the morning, so I work out after work (or in the afternoons on days I go into work in the evening or I’m off).  I don’t have a routine as far as eating, but if anything I’ll eat a banana before.  I can’t eat too much or I feel sick.  After a workout I never feel like eating either, until about 2 hours later then I’m STARVING.

Post # 8
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I either go on my lunch break or right after work. I make sure to have eaten something of at least 100-200 calories within the past couple hours, and I usually have a cup of coffee ~45 minutes before.  And remember to stay hydrated before and after!

Post # 9
3430 posts
Sugar bee

kelsie5388:  You do what’s best for you.  I find that I can’t eat 3-4 hours before working out.  I have to make sure everything is out of my system or I’ll feel sluggish when I run.  I usually eat about 11-12 at work and then hit the pavement for about 5:30?  So yeah that’s a good 5-6 hour gap before I run, but I drink water up until 4:30.  I also only run when my husband is able to watch our daughter so on the weekends and the beginning of the week.  For strength training, I’ll go right after eating because while it’s intense, there’s no jumping around happening either.  Ideally I’d like to work out 4 times a week, but it is so hard for me to get up before work and run.

Post # 10
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Morning and night.

First thing in the morning is my regular cardio, weights and yoga. It helps kick start the day and “gets the furnace going”. Then in the evening, I walk/jog the dogs before I do the nightly face washing/showering/etc.

It really depends on the person though so you should do what you’re comfortable with. Any activity, no matter what time of the day, is good for you. I’ve heard that the morning is the best and I’m glad I have that time to be able to do it, but not everyone does. Whatever routine you do will benefit you.

Post # 11
22 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

I workout at 6am daily as well as 1pm three days a week.

I am trying to learn to run so on my run days I don’t do other exercises but my days in between I do my 1pm workout.

I like doing my runs and cardio in the mornings, it seems to set a positive tone for the day. That and I spend the morning listening to my worship music and native American peace music. I love taking our bike trail for my runs, see the sunrise while my heart is pumping and my uplifting music playing… She I dont get my morning workout in a tots B.


Post # 12
22 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

oh and for food I always eat after. If its been a while since you have eaten though I will have a small snack or I will get dizzy. I am always ready to eat after though

Post # 13
643 posts
Busy bee

5 AM every morning and it sucks SO BAD. What doesn’t suck is being able to come home and not worry about exercising. 

Post # 14
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014


I work out 3-4 weekdays at 6:20AM, and then work out every other Saturday around 8AM (so 4-5 days a week on average).

I used to exercise in the evening (5-6PM after work) but had to change to morning to match my husband’s work schedule (we work out together).  It was hard, because I used to get nauseous from morning exercises, but after about a week or two, my body adjusted – and now I love exercising in the morning before work.  I’m too tired to go back out once I’m home from work anyways. 🙂

Key is to be regular and diligent.  Your body will adjust to whatever schedule you set it to, as long as you keep up with it.


Post # 15
1248 posts
Bumble bee

i meet with a trainer monday, tuesday, thusday and saturday. M,Tu,Th i go from 4:30-5:30 after work. I eat a protein bar at 2:30. and drink lots of water. Eating 2 hours before working out is my sweet spot to keep my blood sugar from dropping, as well keeping me from feeling too full and get sick. My saturday workout is at 10am. So i make sure im up by 8 to eat my protein bar. I eat Power Crunch bars. They are actually really delicious. I take a huge swig of water after each bite & its quite filling.

Good luck & congrats on making the decision to get healthy!

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