Some people cannot start their day without a jog, while others cannot dream of missing their evening Zumba class.
But what is the best time of the day to exercise?
Here are some pros and cons of working out in the morning vs the evening.
You get done with it first thing in the morning – First of all, exercising will be the first thing you do, before even starting your day so you don’t have to worry about it later. You are more likely to be consistent and less likely to miss it due to work or last minute engagements.
Great start to the day – What better way to start your day than with a boost of endorphins to set the tone for the rest of the day. You will be more alert and focused and in a positive mood thanks to your workout. Also, completing your workout first thing in the morning will give you a sense of accomplishment that will further make you feel optimistic and pumped up for the day.
You are low on fuel – Besides being low on energy in the morning, your body is a bit stiff and inflexible. It may take a while for you to feel energetic and ready to roar. Also, if you didn’t eat right or eat enough the night before, then you will feel hungry mid – workout!
You may rush through your workout – In case you wake up a bit late or have an early start to your day, you will end up rushing through your workout and not do it justice.
Your body is loosened up and flexible – By the evening, your body is ready to run, jump, twist and bend! You will be able to exercise much better and for longer in the evening as your body temperature is higher. And ofcourse flexibility is much better as compared to the morning.
You have more time to exercise – You usually don’t have anywhere to rush to after your workout so you can take your time and get in a great workout.
Relieve stress and replace bad habits – Exercising post work is a great way to blow off some steam in a healthy way because instead of relaxing in front of the TV, munching on snacks, you will be unwinding at the gym!
Inconsistency – You are more likely to be inconsistent as may end up skipping your workout often if something comes up like a meeting or a dinner party. When other last minute engagements pop up, exercising is the first thing that goes out the window.
Might interfere with your sleep cycle – If you do a high intensity workout close to your bed time, it will be hard for you to fall asleep and you may stay up later thus leading to bad sleeping habits.
Exercising at any time of the day has its advantages as well as disadvantages. But there is no difference in the benefits. What is important is exercising consistently. So pick a time that suits you; according to your lifestyle and daily routine, and just stick to it.