There are two kinds of people in this world, those who work out in the morning and those who prefer the evenings.
No matter when you’re exercising, getting out and getting active is going to have a positive effect on your health and how you feel. But the question remains, is there a better time of day to be working out?
The Rapid Loss team is breaking down whether the morning or the afternoon will optimise your workout results, read on to find out for yourself.
If you’ve never envied the person who can get up before 7am and exercise, then you’re probably lying. Morning exercisers may seem like they have their life together but what, if any, are the benefits of an early morning sweat sesh?
1. You Get It Out Of The Way
If you find your motivation has hit an all-time low after a long day at work then maybe morning workouts are for you.
When you exercise in the morning you get it out of the way and you don’t have to worry about evening commitments like family dinner or work drinks because you’ve already got your workout in for the day.
You can also tap into that boost of energy you get after a workout for the rest of the day. Thanks endorphins!
2. You Can Burn More Calories
Who wouldn’t want to burn more calories?
Exercising on an empty stomach has been known to help kickstart your metabolism so you burn more calories throughout the day, as opposed to when you sleep.
An early morning workout is also more likely to help you burn fat as your body will turn to fat stores rather than carbohydrates from food to give you the energy you need.
So, if you’re looking to increase your weight loss results you might want to try adding some morning workouts to your routine.
3. You Make Healthier Choices Throughout The Day
It’s simple, when you start your day with a healthy choice you tend to continue those healthy choices throughout the rest of the day.
In fact, morning exercisers have been found to experience less cravings for junk food. How?
Well, by exercising in the morning you get the endorphins running through your body, so your brain isn’t then immediately looking for a quick fix from high sugar, high calorie foods for those feel good chemicals.
A happy brain puts you in better control of your food choices and portions making it easier for you to make those healthy choices which will help you reach your weight loss goals.
They say the early bird always gets the worm, but in the case of workouts, that isn’t necessarily true.
Although there are benefits to morning workouts, the afternoon exercisers have a few bonuses up their sleeves.
1. Can Help You Fall Asleep Easier
If you have trouble falling asleep at night then an afternoon or evening workout could be just what you need.
Tiring your body out in the evening can help you achieve a deeper and more well rested sleep. However, you might need to be strategic with your workout choices.
Cardio in the evening might give you some unwanted energy so instead choose a resistance or weight related workout routine.
Just be sure to stretch before you hit the hay to avoid tightness in your muscles.
2. You’ll Workout Harder
Let’s be honest, no one’s really 100% awake at 6am. Everything looks a bit foggy and your brains in a bit of a haze.
If you feel that way in the morning, then you might not get the most out of your workout. Because of this, it might be a good idea to save those tougher workouts or weight training for after work and do more mindless cardio-based workouts such as running for first thing in the morning.
You can have it both ways!
3. Decrease Stress After A Busy Day
If you carry the stress of a long day’s work home with you most of the time, then it might work in your favour to break up your routine with an afternoon workout.
When you exercise you can take your mind off the day’s stresses and gives you a rush of endorphins that helps lift your mood and energy.
Who knows, the thought of that evening workout might even help you push through the day.
So When Should You Workout?
It might not be the answer you want to hear but workout when it feels best for you.
If you enjoy the rush of endorphins early in the morning and enjoy having your evenings free, then set your alarm and keep your running shoes nearby.
But, if you like your sleep-ins or need a way to de-stress after a long day, pack your gym bag for an afternoon workout.
Whatever you choose you’re still making the necessary steps to improve your overall health and fitness.