Should You Workout in the Morning or Evening?

Posted on: October 22nd, 2019 by Allie Voss

Let’s talk about the differences between morning and evening workouts. Which is the better option? Is one proven to be more effective than the other? Let’s discuss the pros to both options. 

Pros of an early morning workout:

  1. You get it done with early in your day. If you’re someone that enjoys waking up early and having a productive morning, this is likely the better option for you. Assess how you feel at the end of the workday and if you feel mentally and physically exhausted, you are probably better off exercising in the morning when you have the most energy.
  2. You’re getting a head start on the day and getting your metabolism running. Starting your day with a solid workout will start the calorie burn which will last well into your day, especially if you are weight training.
  3. You’ll be more intentional about the food you eat the rest of the day. It’s not often that you leave a great morning workout class and immediately want a cookie. By starting your day off on the right foot, you’re more likely to be intentional about the food you consume throughout the day. Make sure you’re filling your body with nutrients and protein to repair those muscles!

Pros of an evening workout:

  1. You can enjoy a more relaxed morning and can spend that time preparing for your day, checking your emails, or making your favorite breakfast! If you’re the type of person that needs to ease into your day, you might not thrive on rushing to the gym first thing in the morning.
  2. You’ve had a full day’s worth of fuel, and your body is warmed up and ready to move. It can be hard to have a pre-workout meal at 5 am, but your body will already be fueled from breakfast and lunch when you’re heading to the gym after work.
  3. If you’ve had a stressful day at work, the gym may be the perfect place to reset before heading home. As much as we would all like to “leave work at work” it isn’t always possible. Exercise can be a great stress and anxiety reliever, use that time to decompress so you can be your best self when you walk in your door.

So what is the magic answer? Which one is the most beneficial for you? The beauty is, that it is entirely up to you. There is no “right answer” because the only thing that matters is what works for you and your schedule. Maybe you’ve always been an evening person but are interested in trying out a morning sweat session. Try it out for a week or two and assess how it made you feel! As long as you’re getting enough sleep and fueling your body properly, the rest should fall into place. Are you a morning or evening workout person? Let us know what works best for you and why. 

Source: https://www.elitedaily.com/life/theres-big-difference-working-morning-night/1035312

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