The decision to work out in the morning or the evening is normally based on when is the most convenient time to fit it in.
However, the time of day that you schedule a work out for could actually make a big difference to how well you perform and how your body adapts. This article looks at some of the pros and cons of working out in the morning and the evening.
Starting your day with a workout could boost your mood and energy levels for the rest of the day. Exercise has been proven to increase serotonin levels which help people to feel good. Putting your muscles to work so early in the morning can certainly help people to wake up before an important day at work as well.
There is also a case to be made for the morning workout ramping up your metabolism at the start of the day to maximise your calorie burning potential should you be on a strict diet.
To get the most of out of a morning workout, it is important to fuel your body to deliver the best output as you train. Supplementing your diet with a creatine monohydrate shake will help you out in the strength department, while a high-carb breakfast such as porridge will give you the energy to train harder and longer.
It is easier to perform at your very best in the evening because your body has been fuelled by two or three meals. However, your metabolism has already found a level and so your calorie burning potential may be less than someone who works out in the morning.
There is also the argument that you have burned calories and energy for a full working day so those energy stores may already be depleted. This coupled with the hike in activity in gyms in the evening, which is the most popular time for people to train, may mean that a morning workout is less stressful.
Finding the balance between energy levels and capacity is something that every gym user will mull over in their mind continuously… of course, some gym goers say that both are essential to reach your ultimate physique goals.