It’s long been debated whether we should be working out in the morning versus at night for the best results.
There are pros and cons to both, but will your workout really be more effective in the morning?
The early bird gets the worm, right?
Many folks find working out in the morning is best for them because they get it “out of the way” and can go on with their day, but are there really physiological reasons why we should sweat it out first thing? Science does back up morning workouts as it tends to increase your energy for the rest of the day.
Much like a good breakfast, morning workouts get the metabolism revving and we burn more calories all day long. Furthermore, folks who sweat it out in the a.m. also tend to be more consistent with their workouts than people who exercise during other times of the day.
So, it may seem pretty clear that morning workouts are king, right? Not so fast. It has been shown that different fitness goals are better achieved at certain parts of the day and this is where working out later in the day comes into play.
What if you’re a night owl?
Strength and endurance are both higher in the afternoon, and the likelihood of injury decreases. Exercising when body temperature is at its lowest, which is typically later in the day, results in improved performance and increased power. The muscles are more flexible since your body is more warmed up. Because of this, intense workouts or hard cardio may be better performed in the afternoon or evening.
Not only that, but studies show those how hit the gym after work are more likely to achieve better fitness than early morning exercisers.
It turns out that the question “Is it better to work out in the morning or night?” doesn’t exactly have an easy answer.
You can make a case for either time of day, especially depending on your own status as a morning person, the type of workouts you prefer, and where your other responsibilities fall during the day. The important thing to remember is that as long as you work out consistently and stay nutritionally focused, you’ll achieve your fitness goals no matter what time of day.
We love that we have clients with varied preferences and schedules. That’s why we offer morning, evening and even on-demand class options. Check out our Personal Training Group schedule and sign up for a free class.