Is There a Best Time to Walk for Fitness?

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Early morning? After lunch? Before dinner? Is there really a best time to walk in order to get the optimum benefits from walking? Studies show that there’s no better time than the other to take a stroll calorie burning wise. Besides, there are other determining factors (your mood, work schedule, weather, etc.) that influence the exact time of day to walk.

Morning Walk

A morning walk comprises various merits such as: promoting alertness and stimulating metabolism. And since your metabolism has been revved up after a morning stroll, you’ll likely to burn more calories throughout the day.

Noon Walk

For those who are at work at this time, a walk to a nearby restaurant is ideal. However, if you bring your own lunch, you can take a 10-minute walk outside your office building before heading off to the pantry to take your lunch. This walk helps to reduce stress, curb cravings and improves blood circulation, making you stay sharp and giving you enough energy throughout the afternoon.


Walking is a great way to get and stay fit. According to experts, choose a time of day to stick with so that walking as exercise becomes a habit.

You can use a pedometer or similar tools to motivate yourself and help track your fitness efforts.


Afternoon Walk

If you want to build endurance and strengthen core muscles, then a walk between 3pm and 7pm is ideal. Improving endurance allows you to walk faster, for a long distance, without getting exhausted. Strengthening your core muscles will improve your balance and stability. Both are important if you want to perform a more intense workout later on.

Evening Walk

Exercising this time of the day helps to reduce stress from a busy day. Most people find it easier to walk in the evening because the muscles are already relaxed and warm. The mind is also free from worries and most people take this opportunity to reflect on what they have gone through. So an evening walk can be very calming and soothing to both your mind and body.

When it comes to walking, it is not the time of day that is important.. consistency is. What’s best for others may not be the best for you. So choose the time that feels good and fits perfectly with your schedule. 

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Moji Tehranian

Moji is a certified personal trainer. She has had the privilege to work with many busy clients who are balancing family, work and fitness. As a busy mom herself with a full-time job and kids, Moji understands that fitness isn't just about working out. To her, fitness is an integral part of the overall balance of life. Moji is also the editor of the branded "Get Fit. Get Sexy." monthly magazine.

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