One of the most common questions that I get is, “Does it matter when I work out?” The answer is no, just as long as you get your workout in for the day. There are some days that I will work out late at night and others during the morning. However, there are a few times when you shouldn’t work out, like right after you eat and when your sick.
It’s very important to give yourself about an hour after you eat for the food to digest before jumping into the workout. This is especially important if you’re doing an intense program like P90X or Insanity. If you work out too early after eating, you could cramp up or even lose your meal, which I’m sure none of you want to happen! The only thing that is acceptable to take within that hour time frame is your pre-workout supplements like NO-Explode. I usually take that about 35 minutes pre-workout.
The other time that it’s important to not workout is when you’re sick. When you workout, it’s important that you be able to give it your all, and when you’re sick, of course you’re not going to be able to do that. I know sometimes it’s hard to rest, but it’s what you have to do if you want to get better. When you’re sick and can’t workout, I recommend cutting back on the carbs slightly, replacing them with proteins.