Working Out in the Morning Vs at Night
While there has not been any conclusive physical research on the benefits of working out in the morning, versus at night. There has been other indicators and psychological results that might tip the scale for some towards the one or the other. The bottom line is that exercise at any point of the day is better than no exercise at all. Thus if are unable to work out in the morning, it does not mean that you cannot work out at all, and visa versa.
It seems as though that those who exercise in the morning are more likely to stick with their routine. You have more energy first thing in the morning to get a great workout. Towards the end of the day your energy levels wane down and you are more likely to reduce the length of your workout, or cancel it all together. There is also nothing in your way in the morning to prevent the workout from taking place. By scheduling a work out in the evening, you are opening the gates of possibility for things coming up that prevent you from working out. Having said that, there also studies that show that your hormone and energy levels are at their highest in the early evening and might contribute to a great workout.
Those who exercise in the morning are also kick starting their metabolism early in the morning and ensure a healthy metabolism all day long. Studies have shown that eating breakfast sets the metabolism pace and tone for the rest of the day to help you achieve and maintain a healthy body. It also true that if you got up early enough to sweat away for an hour in the morning, you are less likely to want to make unhealthy food choices as it would negate all the hard work you have put in. What’s the point of getting up early to work out if you’re then going shove sodium and fatty rich food in your stomach? By exercising in the evening, you are also aware of the calorie count and the food intake for the day, and if you had been tempted a little, you can always adjust your work out.
It has also been argued that morning exercisers sleep better. By getting up earlier, you are encouraging yourself to go to bed earlier to get most hours of sleep possible. Hopefully by getting to bed earlier you will find you natural sleep cycle for optimal rest. Working out in the evening also creates an adrenaline rush that can keep you awake for longer and prevent you from going to sleep at a good hour, making you wake up tired and not rested. The same adrenaline rush after a morning work out can help boost your energy levels for the day and be able to power through it. On the other hand, for some people, the adrenaline does not last for very long post work out, and they can go to bed relaxed and tuckered out, ready for a good night’s rest.
In conclusion, do whatever works best for you, your schedule, and your body. You know your body best and know when you are at the peak of your performance. Changing to a morning routine if you are a late night person is never easy, but it is at least worth a try. The human body is impressive as it does not need a lot of time to adjust to a new routine and before you know it, you’ll be waking up five minutes before your alarm goes off, ready to get your heart racing. If you are still not a morning person, it is still better to exercise whenever you can, rather than not exercise at all.