Looking to up your cardio game? You may often wonder when you should be doing your cardio training if you are to see optimized fat burning.
Is there a time of day that will give you an edge over other times?
The answer to this question is, like many things in life, it depends.
Here’s what to know.
Consider The Type Of Cardio You’re Doing
First, think about the type of cardio you’re doing. Are we talking a HIIT session here or just a steady state session done for 30-60 minutes?
If you’re performing a HIIT session and want to promote optimal performance, you’ll likely want to schedule it away from your strength-training workout (especially lower body training). Attempting HIIT after doing squats, deadlifts, or lunges simply won’t be ideal.
On the other hand, if it’s a lighter 30-minute steady state workout, that could be performed in the same workout after your lifting provided you are physically able to do so.
If you are lifting in the evening for instance, consider a morning HIIT session after eating your breakfast. This will help ensure maximum performance for each workout you do.
Consider Your Own Performance Level
Next, consider your own performance level. When do you feel the best? Some people simply are not morning people. Doesn’t matter what kind of workout it is, if it’s scheduled for 6 am, their performance will be low.
In that case, do it at whatever time of day you feel your best. If it means a far better performance, chances are this will lead to superior rates of fat burning regardless of the other factors coming into play.
Remember, the best time of day to do cardio is always going to be the time of day when you actually do it.
If you hate morning sessions – or workouts late in the day - don’t force yourself to try and do them. Chances are, you’ll never stick with it over the long-haul.
So don’t question when it’s best to do your cardio any longer. Keep these two factors in mind and plan your schedule accordingly.