What is the best time of day to work out?

Helen Child - running and fitness

With there being evidence that both morning and evening workouts can be an effective part of your fitness regime, it can be hard to know which way to turn.

There are a number of advantages for working out at both times of the day so to help you understand the different benefits we have created a comprehensive list.

 

So, when would be the best time to exercise?

Best time to work out - Helen Child
Working out times? Morning or evening?

The Morning

One of the biggest advantages people find with working out in the morning is that they are able to avoid the crowds that appear during peak times. After work hours between 5pm-9pm are usually the times when gyms are most packed and it can not only make it difficult to use the equipment you want but also means you might not get into classes. By going earlier in the morning you will avoid this influx of people and tend to find that people who are there stay for a set amount of time because of work.

The next biggest advantage is that it is arguably a lot easier to stay on track with your fitness goals and workout if you do it in the morning. It is easier to structure your day so that the first thing you do is go to the gym whereas in the evenings you may find that over time you regime is interrupted by your social calendar. Whether it be evening meals, commuting or working late you will find it gets a lot harder to make time for the gym in the evening and are more likely to skip it from being tired.

A lot of people feel that morning workouts are a lot more convenient and help set you up for the day. If the first thing you have set out to wear is your workout attire then you are more likely to follow through. Being able to start your morning in this way and mentality I a lot easier than having to change in and out of your work clothes at the gym.

It is widely recognised that breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it gives you the physical and mental energy you need to work at full capacity. Generally incorporating a workout into your morning means that you are more likely to eat breakfast to give yourself that energy you need. It also means you are more likely to eat better for the rest of the day and drink more water.

Getting enough sleep is imperative to a healthy lifestyle so when you know you have to get up early to workout it forces you to get an early night. The earlier you wake up, the earlier you will go to sleep which if you are focusing on weight loss is extremely important. Studies show that if you aren’t sleeping enough, your fatigue in the day will make you crave unhealthy foods to compensate for your lack of energy.

 

The Evening

One of the biggest advantages to working out in the evening is simply that it isn’t the morning! Everyone finds it hard to not keep pressing the snooze button and forcing yourself to the gym may not result in the most productive workout. If you are half asleep when working out you aren’t reaching your full potential and more than anything you might injure yourself. If you suffer from fatigue and lack of concentration on the morning then you might be better off working out later in the day. By the evening you have had time to fuel your body with enough food that you are ready for a more productive workout.

After a long day at work we can all feel the stress of the day weighing down on us and consequently many want to turn to comfort food/drink. The best way to stop this is to get in the gym for a healthier outlet that will leave you feeling a lot better in the long term. Knowing you have a class or workout scheduled at the end of the day can help you mentally handle whatever the day throws at you.

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