Everyone is different and as such we all form different habits and patterns. A big factor in the equation is your chronotype – the idea that we are living time pieces and why some people prefer mornings while others are nocturnal. So if everyone is different then what is the optimal time to do physical training?
According to New York Times best selling author Daniel Pink, the best time to train is generally within the afternoon time period. Anywhere between 4pm – 7pm.
This particular time presents as optimal as this is when hand-eye coordination is most improved, speed increases and the body temperature is warm enough (meaning better circulation) so injuries are less likely. The afternoon time frame has presented an unusual number of speed records being broken by runners and other athletes that have speed as a prerequisite for their sport.
Doing any type of martial arts training can assist cognitive ability (as previous discussed) but if you want to get the most out of your martial arts training then try to do some training within the time period of 4pm – 7pm. A decrease in injury risk with an increase in tactile education retention is always something to aim for.
So does this mean that training at other times of the day is bad for you? Of course not. As mentioned we all fall into a different chronotype and as such we all have different perceptions on the right time to do things such as working, sleeping and of course – training. If you enjoy training in the morning before work (or have no other option) then that is perfectly fine.
Regardless of when you train ensure you warm up and stretch after while also working under proper supervision.
For anyone who wishes to know more about chronotypes you can read Daniel Pink’s book titled ‘When: The Scientific Secrets Of Perfect Timing’.