Not all workouts are created equal, and that’s a great thing, considering your body has different needs depending on the time of day and the type of stress it can handle at the time. While there’s never a bad time to get your blood pumping, certain activities can facilitate more effective fitness functions at specific hours.

Here’s a look at some great ways to unwind, wind up, or outdo your physical fitness regimen:

Mornings

Battle the wrong side of the bed by getting your endorphins up as soon as your eyes open. If you’re not into the gym, a quick jog around the neighborhood can be a great way to get your body ready for the next fifteen hours. Personal training sessions are another great options for mornings, as you’ll have to set an appointment, and the obligation may be just what you need to get yourself motivated to move.

Midday

It’s often hard for office workers to get their blood circulating during the day. In between incessant meetings and constant phone calls, block an hour off your calendar to do something good for your body. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is great for midday breaks because your body can do a lot with a little, and it only takes a few minutes to make a huge impact. Check out facilities built around intense 30- or 45-minute sessions so you can work them into your lunch hour.

Healthy Hour

Replace happy hour with healthy hour, and get rid of your work day stresses before you settle in for the evening. An hour of yoga-cycle is an excellent way to get your heart racing while unwinding at the same time. Look for a class that has a combo of cardio and stretching with a few meditative elements to help decompress after a long day.

Before Bed

Not all fitness is meant to make you alert and get your heart rate up. Certain yoga practices are perfect for calming the mind and relaxing the body before bedtime. Look for candlelight-type classes that happen around 8 or 9pm. The serenity and slow breathing with help alleviate your wandering mind and prepare your body for a restful night’s slumber.

What types of workouts work best for you? Are you a sunrise stretcher or an after-office workout maniac? Share your tips at my Facebook page!