When it comes to exercising, it can be quite confusing on when the best time of the day is to do it. For some, going to the gym early morning is a great way to start the day while others would delegate the evenings for their workout schedule. Indeed, for people with fitness routines, the best time of the day is the time when they are most available. But if you’re still undecided on which one is better, here are some of the reasons why exercising in the morning or in the evening would be the better bet.
Proponents of morning workouts have a science to back up their rational. Your hormones are at their peak in the early morning. This is especially important if you are building muscle mass since your testosterones are at their all-time high during this time compared to other parts of the day. Exercising in the early morning provides your body with the natural circulation of elevated hormones which are crucial in your bodybuilding goals. Aside from testosterone, your body also releases the feel-good hormones known as endorphin during exercise. Imagine boosting its production early in the morning, leaving you with a better mood all throughout the day.
You also know that exercise improves your body’s metabolism. So if you are planning to lose weight, your best option is to do your workout in the mornings to ensure that your body has a boost in metabolism throughout the day. Why? After working out, you will experience excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, otherwise known as the afterburn effect. This means that even after working out, your body will continue to burn calories even with lesser physical activity. And what better way to boost this phenomenon than working out early in the morning? To get the full benefits of EPOC, choose high intensity cardio exercises or resistance training that incorporate multiple joints for your muscles to metabolize better.
On early mornings, the equipment in the gym are also more available compared to mid-mornings and afternoons. This means that it will be easier for you to have continuous high-volume training exercises using machines without competing with other people. It can be frustrating when you are not able to complete your routine because someone else replaced you on the machine while you were taking a break. With the facility being less crowded, you can have a smooth-sailing training without conflicts.
Although meeting people at the gym is a good way to socialize, it also distracts you from being focused with your routine. Yes, it’s fun to spend your breaks exchanging info about the latest bodybuilding supplements or the newest strategies to lose weight faster. But if you have been spending more than three minutes gabbing, then you are already deviating from your goal that day which is to have a productive workout. Since there are lesser people at the gym in the early morning, this lessens the possibility of these events to happen, allowing you to focus more on the workout than to the people that are there.
Once you have completed your early morning training, you are already set for the day. You will have more time for other priorities such as your family and your work. It also allows you to concentrate to other tasks since you have already gotten workout out of the day. You won’t have to worry about the need to leave work early or if you can come home before your kids go to bed. When you have your entire day planned out, this also means that there is lesser possibility for you to skip your training. A lot of people complain about not having enough time to exercise, what with their school or work load, the rush hour going to the gym, or going out with friends after work. Working out early will let you take more control of what goes on during the day.
Of course, waking up early can be very challenging, especially if you are not a morning person. But that doesn’t mean that it is entirely impossible. With the benefits of early morning workouts, surely you can find a way to take advantage of these and make it your first activity for the day. The key here is to be consistent and eventually, waking up to exercise won’t feel much of a challenge once you have gotten the hang of it.
If you feel that your body clock is not built for working out in the morning, you can look into evening training. Working out in the evening can be highly beneficial in achieving your bodybuilding goals. Research shows that your muscles are more active and strong during the evenings. With better oxygen uptake and utilization in your muscles, you will be able to endure longer and more intense workouts in the early evenings, compared to other times of the day.
You can also experience exercising with fewer people in the evenings, at around 9pm, when everyone has left to go home. If your gym is just near where you live, take advantage of this, so you can use the weights and the lifting machines longer and more continuously. With fewer people, most gyms are also more lenient with their rules. Who knows, maybe you can get half an hour more on that cardio equipment? And the best part is that since you will less likely have to rush to somewhere else after your evening workout, you can enjoy your showers or even take advantage of the gym’s sauna.
As mentioned earlier, mornings are not the best time to socialize in the gym. But if you are the type who likes to meet people everywhere, working out in the evening is your best bet. See that guy with envious guns? Maybe he’s more relaxed now and you can come up to him during his break and ask advice on your routine. With a more relaxed atmosphere, there is also a higher chance that other people at the gym or even the personal trainers can lend you a hand if you are new to working out and still figuring out how to use the machines. And if you’re in the lookout for a regular workout buddy, then this is the perfect time to spot one. Also, evening classes at the gym are more fun and energy-laden. If you can observe, dance classes, spin classes, and almost all workout classes in the evening have more energetic and enthusiastic participants compared to the morning ones.
Lastly, sleeping after exercising is found to be better and of higher quality. Although it is true that exercising will make it harder for you to sleep, you can still avoid this by working out a few hours before nighttime. Exercising at night makes you feel more relaxed, even if you’ve had a tough day at work. Letting out your frustrations in the gym will make you feel lighter after.