For many hardworking professionals, the decision on whether to work out in the mornings or in the evenings is a crucial one, requiring careful planning and preparation. But did you know, logistics aside, that each has its own benefits based on what your body actually needs, and what your goals for it are?
When all is said and done, having the best workout experience really depends on the individual. Find out what’s best for you and get those training shoes working! Here’s a list of pros and cons to help you decide whether you should do an AM or PM workout:
MORNING WORKOUT: PROS
Morning workouts are great when you want to start your day energized and ready with a clear head for a long day. It also helps in giving you a healthy mindset that helps you pick healthier options for meals throughout the day. Morning workouts are ideal for people aiming to shed some pounds, because similar to having proper breakfast, working out in the morning helps you get your metabolism going. Morning workouts also work well with your schedule because you definitely won’t have planned hangouts or dinners during this time. This helps you keep a consistent workout schedule you probably won’t have to keep missing.
MORNING WORKOUT: CONS
Morning workouts, of course, entail having to wake up earlier than you’re probably used to. And if you’re the type who works till late at night, you will definitely have a hard time convincing yourself to give up on an extra hour or two of sleep just to work out before going on with your day. Morning workouts usually have slow starts given that you have to make sure you are properly warmed up before you proceed to more intense routines. Also, you have to have a light breakfast before proceeding to your morning routine so you’ll have energy to work out after a long fast while you were asleep. What’s tricky about this is that, getting the right amount of food before working out is really a trial and error. You can never be too full but you also must have the right amount of energy to execute your routine.
EVENING WORKOUT: PROS
Evening workouts are best for people who want to have more relaxed mornings; there’s no need to rush and you won’t really have to have to follow a strict schedule on when you have to go to the gym or go for a run. Working out in the evening is also a great way to de-stress and blow off some steam after a long day. Evening workouts are also best for more intense exercise, given that you’re 20% more flexible later in the day. Also, the detoxifying effects of evening workouts can help in giving you a better quality of sleep.
EVENING WORKOUT: CONS
In terms of schedule, evening workouts are easily put off priority due to a number of excuses you can tell yourself just to keep rescheduling. There are also other factors, like having fewer workout options during the night, requiring you to plan your workout hours around those of the main gym crowd.
Whether you choose to work out in the morning or evening, it will be beneficial for your overall health and wellness. In any case, if you live in a condo, you can also take advantage of the amenities for exercise (indoor/outdoor gym, pool etc.) or do workouts inside your home.
It’s never too late (or early) to start!