Hate Crowds? These Are the Best Days to Go to the Gym

Because a packed fitness center can be a total workout buzz kill

When the gym is bumpin’, it can be hard to get your sweat on without feeling frustrated and just plain claustrophobic. But if you plan your workouts according to new data released by the fitness tracker Jawbone, you might have a better chance of finding mat space and an open machine.

The company revealed info about when U.S. users logged the most exercise (though, it’s worth noting, not necessarily at the gym) throughout the week. “People tend to log the most workouts on Mondays and drop off through the work week with a low point on Fridays,” wrote data scientist Emi Nomura on the Jawbone Blog. Users were also less active on Saturday and Sunday than on the first four days of the week.

In other words: The weekend might be the smartest time to hit up the gym.

Though the company didn’t explain why users were more likely to get sweaty earlier in the week, it’s probably safe to say that people could be trying to start their weeks on a healthy note and spending their weekends elsewhere (ahem: at bars and brunch tables).

And hey, if you’d still like to get in a solid sweat early in the week, you can be strategic about that, too! Just check out these six ways to strength train outdoors or try this workout at home—that way you won’t even have to step foot in a packed facility.

More from Women’s Health:
9 Burn-Tastic Ways to Tone Up with a Barbell
23 Things Only People Who Work Out Get Annoyed By
The Definitive Way to Tell If You Should ACTUALLY Join That Gym

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