Choosing the best time to exercise can really impact the amount of calories you burn or even the amount of muscle gained. What if you could give your body an edge and burn far more calories simply by choosing the best time to hit the gym, my guess is you would, right?
Reality is that our bodies are not all the same and while some of us prefer to exercise first thing in the morning others would benefit from an evening workout. Although both morning and evening workouts both have their own advantages what really matters the most is that you stick to a regular exercise routine irrespective of the workout timing.
Benefits of Morning Exercise
If you struggle with schedules or even if you are just starting out with an exercise routine, then the morning is going to be the best time to exercise for you.
A few recent studies have shown that those that exercise first thing in the morning are more consistent with their workout than those who choose to exercise later in the day. Choosing to workout in the morning will also increase your metabolism which in-turn will help your body to burn calories throughout the day.
If your goal with exercise is to lose weight then the morning workout is the best time to exercise since your body has not had any food whilst sleeping and your testosterone levels are high. So with an empty stomach your body has no choice but to burn fat cells to provide the needed energy for the exercise.
Another added benefit of a morning workout is that your afternoons and evenings are free to do what you want to do, like spending time with the family or just hanging out with friends.
Benefits of Evening Exercise
On the other side of the fence are those who just cannot exercise in the morning and prefer an evening workout. Evening workouts are fine and many people find that other commitments just get in the way of a morning routine.
But just keep in mind not to exercise after a meal, why? Because the blood that needs to be used by your muscles, will instead move towards the digestive tract. So bearing that in mind it’s best to leave around a 2 hour gap between a big meal and your evening exercise.
For those of you who are looking to build muscle, evening exercise will be the optimum time for you. During late afternoon the strength capacity and flexibility of muscles peaks, as well as your bodies tolerance to pain so you can reach your maximum potential without experiencing much pain.
On the downside, if you are a gym-goer you will find that the gyms tend to be overcrowded in the evenings because people are finishing work and colleges so it might be more difficult to get the piece of exercise equipment you need.
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So what is the Best Time to Exercise for Me?
To be honest, it doesn’t really matter at what time of the day you exercise, but the fact that you are at least getting some form of exercise in your daily routine is beneficial enough. Research has also suggested that the time of day that you choose may not have a big impact on the amount of calories burnt but can in-fact can influence how you will feel after the exercise is finished.
Many experts agree that it is best to choose a part of the day that fits in with your daily routine as well as your fitness goals so you are not interrupted by work or family so that exercise becomes a habit.
Depending on the lifestyle you have we have picked out some of the best times to exercise throughout the day.
Working Men: Early Morning
- Morning exercise will boost your metabolism throughout the day.
- More body fat loss.
- Evenings are free to spend time with the family.
- Work commitments won’t interfere with evening workouts.
A Housewife: Afternoon
- Family and children are often out of the house.
- Your body is already warmed up and means there is no need for a pre-warm up routine.
- You will get a metabolism boost for the rest of the day.
- The gym will be empty so equipment readily available.
- Take advantage of gym afternoon happy hours and avail heavy discounts.
Bodybuilders or to Gain Muscle Weight: Evening Time
- Muscle strength and flexibility are at their peak.
- Your body has a higher tolerance to pain so you can push for that extra weight.
- Your body is loaded with energy and nutrients from throughout the day which are needed for a grueling workout.
- Your body will benefit from recuperation time and rest after your workout while sleeping.
College Goers: Evening
- Your evenings are free so best time to hit the gym.
- Your body is full of nutrients and carbs and ready for an intense workout session.
- No need to get up extra early to exercise before your college classes.
- Your body will have time to relax whilst sleeping so you are ready to go in the morning.
What category do you fall into? Choose the best time to exercise depending on your daily routine, if you think your friends or family could benefit from this article why not share it with them.