Probably one of the best reasons to workout in the morning is that you tend to get it done before the time-grabbers of the day have begun, making it more likely you’ll get your workout in that day. However, it’s a double-edged sword for those night people, since getting out of bed earlier than necessary is often a struggle.
A morning workout can boost your metabolism.
If you workout in the morning you’ll get a boost in your metabolism that will have you burning far more calories throughout the day. If you want to lose weight, that’s a really motivating factor. One study also showed that working out in the morning tended to improve sleep. A morning workout also gives you more energy throughout the day and super charges your energy level.
What about exercising mid day?
There are excellent reasons to workout on your lunch hour or immediately after work at four or five. The later in the day you workout, the more your body is warmed up and ready to put forth the best performance. Your endurance is higher when you workout later in the day and it decreases the potential for injuries during a workout. Even your body temperature is lower and that also adds to performance. Muscles are more flexible and reaction time is quicker, with blood pressure often being lowest.
The type of workout you do also plays a role in which time of day is best.
Your body improves functioning as the day continues, with protein synthesis being at it’s peak later in the day. It only makes sense that if you’re doing weight training or an intense cardio workout, that use the time later in the afternoon or early evening. Your body is loaded with fuel from the meals throughout the day, unlike early morning where you’ve fasted all night. There are many studies that look at the best time to workout and some found that those who workout later in the day got better results, but others show the early-birds get fitter faster.
- Some studies also show that if you workout too late in the evening, there’s a potential for it to disturb sleep patterns. The studies also show that it doesn’t affect everyone in the same way. Some people sleep better after they work out at night.
- When is the best time for you to workout? The best time is really a personal preference decision. Sure you get it out of the way if you workout early, but for those night owls, just getting up earlier is a problem.
- No matter what time of day you chose to workout, keep it consistent. If you workout in the morning, stick with mornings and the same goes for evening. It creates a habit that makes it easier to continue.
- At One Love Fit Club, our classes start as early as 6:00 AM with the last one starting at 7:15 PM, so there’s a time to fit everyone’s preferences, schedule and needs.