Work out in the morning or work out in the evening? That is the question. The benefits of each can be argued extensively and enthusiastically. Is it possible that one is more effective than the other?
Let’s put AM and PM in the ring together to duke it out. In the right corner we have Morning wearing yellow trunks and in the left corner we have Evening sporting navy blue spandex. Let’s dive into this knock-down, drag-out battle of the schedule. Are you ready to ruuummmble?
A solid morning workout routine is jam-packed with benefits. If you’re an avid morning exerciser, you already understand how incredible a morning workout will leave you feeling. On the other hand, if you’re not a morning person (and find yourself pouring that second cup of coffee by 9:00 AM), you may want to consider starting your day with a bit of cardio. Just thirty minutes will leave you feeling energized and ready to conquer the day. When you exercise in the morning, your blood circulation will improve and you’ll have the alertness that only mass amounts of caffeine could provide.
Another benefit of the AM workout is the way that it jumpstarts your metabolic rate. With a morning workout, you’ll burn calories all day long. Still not convinced? Consider this: If you can get yourself up and moving in the morning, it won’t be long until your body recognizes this routine. Out of nowhere, you’ll start waking up earlier and begin practicing healthy sleeping habits.
Most morning exercisers find that it’s easier to commit to a workout schedule if they know they can just get up and get it over with. So, when you successfully start a day with a workout, the rest of the day can be used to focus on work, family or other activities. Fewer workouts will be skipped if you do your daily body maintenance before you do anything else in the morning. The perks are numerous and equally beneficial. Morning workouts put up a good fight in the battle of AM vs. PM…but is it enough?
Ok, night owls! It’s time to show those early birds why your evening workout is better than the rest. What benefits do those nightly routines provide? For starters, you’ve already consumed all of your daily calories, your body is fueled up and ready to burn those stored energy reserves. Plus, a workout later in the evening will keep you from indulging in any late night snacks. And let’s be honest—late night snacks truly are the enemy!
Another huge perk of the PM workout routine is that at the end of the day, your body is completely warmed-up and flexible. You won’t find the stiffness in your muscles and joints that often come with a morning routine.
If you’re successfully able to schedule and perform a night-time exercise regimen, you’ll find that you can seriously devote time and energy to working every muscle group you intended on exercising. With morning routines, you can’t guarantee that you’ll have time for every exercise you want to complete. You will be constantly watching the clock and counting down the available minutes before it’s time for work or family breakfast. Evening workouts allow for the luxury of time. You’re done with everything for the day and your body is the only thing that requires attention and focus. A nightly routine doesn’t sound so bad now, does it?
And the Winner is…
BOTH!! As long as you’re putting in the effort and giving your body the attention it needs, you’re doing the right thing. Whether you work out in the morning or evening is strictly up to your unique needs. Both AM and PM have benefits and they both have cons. Try out each one. Do a week or two of each to really assess which time of day is best for you. And always remember—it’s important to do what’s best for your body and put it to the test. Ready, set, burn…day or night!