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ask: When should I work out? Morning vs evening?

By Shana O'Connor
 
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Is there an added benefit to working out in the morning vs working out in the evening. I love working on in the morning but can't seem to get my butt out of bed lately but if there some major benefit to morning workouts maybe that will start motivating me!

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Susan Cody HERWriter Guide

Hi Shana

Great question - thanks for the post. 

My first reaction is to tell you that anytime you workout is a good time! Time is precious and if morning or noon or night suits you, then go for it. 

From a physical standpoint, there are no real winners in terms of time of day. 

However, there are pros and cons to each in terms of lifestyle. In fact, lifestyle is the key decider when it comes to when most people work out. Let's talk about a few: 

Pros to morning workouts:

You are well-rested with plenty of energy for a workout. 

You get your workout over with early in the day, so the days events won't interfere with the chance to exercise. 

You'll have tons of energy for the day after a good workout and shower. 

Cons:

You may be time limited with a need to rush to work. 

Getting children off to school and daycare can also limit your time. 

Early morning gyms can be very busy - you may not get to work on the machines of your choice. 

Pros to working out in the evening:

You don't have to rush off anywhere, you have more time to work out. 

You can burn off stress from the busyness of the day. 

Evenings at the gym can be less busy/hectic.

Cons:

Events of the day (sick kids coming home early from school, sudden meetings at work) can bring your evening workout plans to a quick end. 

You may simply be too tired at the end of a long work day and suddenly home seems like the better option. 

Your gym may not have child care facilities. 

Adrenalin - the great hormone that can keep you up all night! Many people sleep well after evening exercise but many don't - they may be tired but are too revved up mentally to relax. 

You need to find which option works best for you based on your work, family and lifestyle commitments. 

Has this helped you to decide?

Best,

Susan

July 1, 2014 - 11:24am
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