Whether you work out in the morning to start your day, or end your day with a good workout before turning in, it’s your choice. There are benefits to both. Here are some to help you figure out what works best in your daily routine. Either way, you can’t lose!
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Time flies when your workout’s not done.
You plan to work out, but your busy day throws a curveball, leaving you scrambling to finish your to-do list by bedtime.
That’s why you should exercise first thing in your day. In fact, about 90% of people who exercise consistently do it in the morning. It’s the only way to guarantee you won’t skip it.
Your metabolism won’t boost itself.
You roll out of bed, throw on some clothes and stumble out the door on your way to another busy day. Are you even awake yet? Your metabolism certainly isn’t.
Not only does morning exercise help you burn calories during the actual workout, but its effects linger after you’re finished.
It’s your choice to be a night owl or an early bird.
You have an internal clock that thrives on routine. Give yourself a strict bedtime, force yourself to wake up when your alarm goes off (no snoozing!), and exercise each day – even if it’s only for 10 minutes.
A.M. exercise helps you sleep better in the p.m.
Hitting the gym in the morning helps you hit the sack at night. A study published in the scientific journal Sleep showed that overweight or obese women who began a regular morning exercise routine slept better than those who exercised regularly in the evening.
A morning workout is better than coffee.
Oxygen, not caffeine, is what your brain wants in the morning. So instead of reaching for the coffeepot, reach for your sneakers and you’ll get all the brain-boosting benefits you need.
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You will also benefit a great deal from working out in the evening if your peak strength time is during these hours.
Researchers say that you can exercise up to 30 minutes before bedtime without disrupting sleep patterns. In fact, it may help you fall asleep faster.
Afternoon is the best time to exercise for optimal workout performance quality.
Muscles are warm and more flexible in the afternoon.
Exercise is a good stress reliever after a long day.
Strength is at its peak in the afternoon.
One of the major advantages of working out in the evening is that you are better able to focus on your exercises because most of the days worries are already behind you. You can relax and just have fun with working out. Working out in the evening also has the added benefit of giving you a deeper, more relaxed, and generally better quality of sleep at night.