A popular question in the health and fitness community is – “is it better to workout in the morning or at night?” There is research to support benefits of training at either time of day, so which one is better? There is no correct answer. It honestly depends on your personal preferences! However, there are certain pros and cons associated with both.
- Helps you stay consistent – A lot of people struggle to find time to workout, so if you do it first thing in the morning, you won’t face any roadblocks that may come up throughout the day.
- Gets your workout done early – It is over and done with, so you don’t have to worry about squeezing it in or making time later on.
- Your body is rested – Sleep is time for your body to recover and repair, so when you wake up your body should be feeling fresh and ready to workout! Just remember to complete a warm up before you workout to help wake up your muscles!
- Sometimes this means waking up really early – Let’s face it, some of us just aren’t morning people no matter how hard we try.
- Not giving your all – If you are always super tired in the mornings, it may be hard for you to give your workout 100%.
- Tired by lunch time – Since revving up your metabolism in the AM, you may be running low on fuel. This can become apparent around lunch time and you could start to feel sluggish and/or tired.
- You are awake and ready to go – Your body is generally more wake because of the daily activities you have been completing, and you have probably eaten a few meals.
- More strength and endurance – Your endurance and strength levels are believed to be at their highest at around 4-6pm, so an evening workout might be your best workout.
- Blow off steam from the day – Exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress and blow off some steam, so it can have great benefits for you if you have had a rough day. Plus it releases endorphins, which are your happy hormones!
- Stressed and exhausted from the day – After a stressful and tiring day, the only thing you want to do is plop on the couch and relax. But after a bit of relaxation, getting a workout in is never regretted.
- Something comes up – If you’re planning to workout in the evening and plans come up or change, you might be working out extra late or have to skip your workout all together.
Ultimately, there is no right answer as to whether morning workouts or night workouts are ‘better’ for you. It all depends on your personal preference and what works best for you, your body, and your schedule. The most important thing is that you are moving, sweating, and pushing yourself. Whether it be morning, night, or smack dab in the middle of the day it is still better than not doing anything at all. If you find a way to make exercise a regular part of your routine and a consistent part of your life, that is so much more important than what time of day it is.