I get asked all of the time, “What is better for me – exercising in the morning or at night?” My response is typically the same – the best time is when you actually will do the workout! You know your schedule. Are you an early bird or a night owl? Do you work a 9:00 – 5:00 or the grave yard shift? I personally train people throughout the whole day and while half tell me they feel more focused and mentally there in the afternoon, I also have people say the same thing for the morning. I say, whatever works for you! If you need more convincing for one over the other, keep reading.
For many people, a morning sweat session is more beneficial than an evening workout. They find it easier to get it done in the morning. You’re more likely to feel tired or may be in bad mood after work. The longer you wait, the more excuses pile up on you. Additionally, there are benefits of a morning workout such as:
- Staying active throughout the whole day
- Regulate you blood sugars
- More productive
- Sleep better and stay asleep
- Fight viruses better
- Fewer distractions so you can have better workouts
On the other hand, there are people that enjoy working out later in the day, whether it be due to their schedule or personal preference. Just as with morning workouts, there may be some snags with afternoon workouts as well, such as tiredness, things coming up throughout your day, your mood, kid pickups/extracurricular activities etc. There is so much that goes on during the day and just one slip can mess your gym date up.
There are also several benefits for these exercises as well:
- Your body receives many of the the morning workout benefits as previously mentioned.
- More likely to have a workout buddy in the afternoon.
- Your body is already warmed up and producing hormones that help you do better with physical exercise.
- You may have more time in your schedule at night, so you can get in a longer workout.
- Work through and manage any pains and aches you may be feeling.
If you are new to exercise or looking to start a new workout regimen, consider morning workouts. Exercising first thing in the morning may help you feel a lot happier, more energetic and healthier for the rest of the day, with less obstacles. Keep in mind that there is no right or wrong time to get your body moving. Pick a workout time that works for you. Consistency beats anything. Always remember that. That’s key!
– Dan Bowen