People always want to know what “the best” is. The best exercise program. The best time to drink a protein shake. The best time of day to work out. The best foods to eat.
If you were to ask the general public, the best time of year to exercise is January to June, because there is over 200% more interest in exercise during this period. After June it falls completely off a cliff until the next January. Take a look at this Google chart I came across the other day for the search terms of losing weight and burning calories:
Over the years the interest in losing weight has increased year after year, but within the year people only seem to care for about 6 months.
Why am I saying this?
I wanted to write an article about how there is no “best time” to get started on an exercise program. No matter what time of year, there are reasons and excuses: “it’s the holiday’s”, “it’s spring break”, “it’s summer”, “it’s fall, school just started”, “it’s dead of winter, I can’t go to the gym.” But as I was thinking about it, I realized that it’s simply not true. There IS a BEST TIME to get started exercising, moving your body, and learning about how to eat better. The best time is:
Before it’s too late.
Once you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s too late. Once your doctor tells you that you have the markers of heart disease, you’ve already done the damage. Once your spinal discs are crushed and dried out from decades of sitting at a desk, it’s too late. When you’re diagnosed with cancer, it may be too late to do anything.
ALL of these illnesses and countless more can be associated directly to a sedentary lifestyle. Isn’t your overall health worth an investment of 2 hours per week?
To your health.