Many people, unnecessarily, obsess over morning workouts. Recent studies show that you don’t need to force yourself out of bed at early hours to enjoy a fit and healthy lifestyle. Working out, at any given time of the day or night, is effective. It’s definitely better than being a potato couch! However, one might be interested in knowing that morning workouts and evening exercises work the body in different ways. Once you’re familiar with the mechanisms of each, you can choose which suits you best. From there on, you can either stick to working out early during the day or just hit the gym at night.
- Morning Workouts
For those of you who are looking to shed extra pounds or improve overall health, morning might be the right time to break a sweat. Lara Carlson, an associate professor at the University of New England, concludes that research favors morning workouts when it comes to losing weight and promoting health. Also, people who exercise early in the morning show reduced blood pressure and better sleeping patterns than people who choose to exercise at later hours. It is worth noting that sufficient sleep is critical for a good health and an effective weight loss regime. After working out hard, you need to allow your body to repair itself. Another reason which favors working out in the morning is consistency. It has been shown that people who can their workout over with in the morning are less likely to put it off to the next day. It only makes sense, doesn’t it?
2. Night Workouts
If you’re into intense exercises, such as heavy weight training or high-intensity interval cardio, you should probably hit the gym at later hours. According to a study published in the Chronobiology International journal in 2010, working out at any time between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. allows peak performance. At these particular hours, the body temperature is found to be at an increased level. Enzyme activity also increases and so does muscular function. Also, some people are simply not early birds. They feel their best at night. Some of them are so energetic at that time that they feel like they are ready to take on the world. If you’re one of these people, why not take on your workout at that time? Other good news for those who feel guilty about not working out in the morning is that your endurance level is actually higher in the afternoon. This decreases your chances of getting injured.
Take Home Message
What’s the best time to exercise? There is no right or wrong answer. No research has ever stated any such thing as “night workouts are useless and that’s why you should work out in the morning” or vice-versa. You have to do what feels best for your body. You might find your body more responsive to exercises in the morning. You might find yourself having more energy during the evening. If, however, you have a hard time picking one, then you should consider your fitness goals. For weight loss and overall health, go for morning workouts. For intense physical training, choose evening or night time. It really depends on you.
P.S. Do you work out in the morning or do you prefer afternoon/evening/night workouts? Let me know in a comment below. I personally exercise in the evening because that’s what works best for me.