Here’s a recent article from our friends at ASD Performance that lists advantages/benefits of working out in the morning and evening.
ADVANTAGES TO WORKING OUT IN THE MORNING
1. Consistency. Generally speaking, it is easier for an individual to stay on track with a fitness regime first thing in the morning because there is less time for family, evening plans, commuting, late nights in the office, and other distractions to get in the way. Fatigue from a long day can also lead to skipped evening workouts.
2. You might actually want to eat healthy afterward. As you started the day on such a good foot that the salad bar at the cafeteria might start to seem appealing!
3. Boost your metabolic rate. Regular exercise can boost your metabolic rate. Working out in the morning will help to boost your metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories throughout the rest of the day.
4. Avoiding the crowds. Fitness centers see the most traffic between 5 and 8 p.m., making it difficult to get the machine or group fitness class you really want. Morning sessions are an obvious choice if avoiding crowds is high on your list of priorities.
5. Sleep. Knowing you have committed to an a.m. sweat session may be the motivation you need to hit the sack sooner, so those extra-early mornings may actually result in more sleep at night. Getting enough sleep is of utmost importance when it comes to weight loss. Research has shown that people crave unhealthy food when they are sleep-deprived because levels of leptin, a hormone that tells your brain that you are full, drops by 18 percent while levels of ghrelin, which stimulates appetite, increases 28 percent. Lack of sleep also raises the stress hormone cortisol, which can lead to overeating as well.
ADVANTAGES TO WORKING OUT IN THE EVENING
1. You can be more social. Morning exercisers aren’t exactly a chatty bunch, understandably. They’re on a mission to complete this A.M sweat session before class or an early meeting, there’s no time for chit chat. But evening exercisers often make the gym their sole evening plan, so they’ve got the time to be social. The increased social factor makes it easier to find workout buddies and weight-room spotters.
2. Strength. Hitting the snooze button a few times just before you crawl onto the treadmill might have you sleep walking on the machine, as opposed fully committing and making the most of your workout. This feeling of tiredness and inability to concentrate can lead to injury, which will ultimately keep you sidelined.
3. Lengthier sessions. Lengthier workouts provide both a physical and social benefit. Longer warm ups and greater rest periods allow for sufficient replenishment, time to decompress, de-stress, and socialize with training partners.
4. Stress relief. Studies have linked weight gain to increased stress levels, thanks to the release of cortisol. Further research has shown that this hormone can increase an individual’s desire to eat unhealthy food. Having an outlet, such as a kickboxing or personal training, at the end of the workday can provide a healthy way to release daily stresses.
5. Availability. Gyms offer a larger variety of classes after work than in the morning hours.
Ultimately, the best time for you to workout is the time that you will actually get it done.
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