I am frequently asked when the best time to exercise is. There is not likely a time of day that is significantly more beneficial from a physiological standpoint. The best answer is, "Pick a time of day that will fit into your schedule and you will most likely be consistent in performing the exercise routine regularly." Even the best exercise program that conflicts with your personal schedule or your family's schedule will be short lived.
When working with patients regarding exercise recommendations I find that most success comes to those that choose a morning work out. Ouch! Yes, getting up earlier than you do now and walking, running, biking, swimming or lifting before the obligations of your day begins is likely the best way to keep an exercise routine consistent.
Be careful exercising late in the day. Late exercise (as well as eating late in the day) may interfere with sleep.
What is right for you? Consider trying a couple of weeks of early morning exercises, a couple of weeks of noon/lunch time exercise, and then try an early evening routine. See which you feel works best and which fits into your and your family's schedule.
No matter what exercise you choose to do, you will benefit by regular performance.
Gary Fischer, PT, DC
Chiropractic & Physical Therapy, Onalaska, WI