We’ve all been there before: you set your alarm for 6 a.m. the night before, entirely convinced you’re going to wake up and go to that workout class you signed up for. But when your alarm starts blaring and the sun is not even out- it’s almost impossible to get yourself out of bed.

A lot of people swear by working out as early in the day as possible. The hardest part of working out early is getting out of bed, but once you do that and get your body moving, chances are you’ll start to wake up and feel great. Working out early sets your day out on a productive note and gives you a boost of energy early in the morning. But does the time that you work out mean all that much?

Not necessarily. Although working out early might be mentally beneficial for some people, what’s important is working out consistently. Working out around the same time creates a routine that your body is going to react well to. Consistently working out is how you are going to stay fit. Creating a strict schedule of when you workout means you’re going to be less likely to skip a workout. Although it is essential to take rest days, fit those into your schedule, so you know when you’re going to be active and when you’re going to be sedentary.

Waking up early and working out works for some people, but not for all! If you’re not someone who wakes up at the crack of dawn and go to the gym- don’t fret! You can work out during the day, in the afternoon, even at night. Whenever works for you is what is vital in creating a workout schedule.

So, if you’ve been feeling guilty about always skipping those 6 a.m. workouts, try out an afternoon workout instead. You might actually find yourself wanting to go.