Do you have a favorite time to exercise? Do you get up at the crack of dawn to run or do you pump iron at the end of the day to de-stress? Does the time of day make a difference in our results?
I’m a morning person so I like to get up early and do my run or get to my boot camp class. Night owls might want to work out in the evenings. Here are some advantages to both times.
- It’s done. You don’t have to worry that something will come up at the end of the day to prevent you from getting to the gym. This is especially good if you’re a procrastinator or if you have a job that keeps you after hours frequently.
- It gets the blood flowing after 6 or 8 hours of rest. When the blood gets flowing to the brain, you’re mentally sharper. This can’t hurt in your job performance.
- You probably won’t have to wait (or wait long) for a piece of equipment. You know how packed the gym gets at 5 pm. Everyone had the same idea but you’ll beat them to the punch at 5 am.
- You have more time to spend with your family and friends in the evening. You may be the only one up at 5 am to exercise, but everyone will be up at 5 pm to have dinner with.
- Working out first thing in the morning will kick start your metabolism. Studies show that our body continues to burn calories for hours after we stop working out.
- Your body is more awake. If you’re too tired from not enough sleep the night before, you could be less attentive to what you’re doing and hurt yourself.
- You don’t have to rush off to work and can devote more time to your workout.
- You can use the time to burn off any negativity from your job before you go home to your family.
- You can make exercise family time. Stop by the house to pick up the kids for a few laps around the pool or a brisk walk in the park.
- You can work off your dinner. If you eat early enough and if your gym is open late enough, you could go home to eat first. If you work an afternoon shift and your gym is open 24/7, that could work out well for you.
- You’re likely to have a lot more choices for classes. The interest in a zumba class is going to be greater in the evening than at 5 in the morning.
You probably know what kind of person you are — morning bird or night owl – so you know what is your optimal time.
The next question is — will you follow get to the gym?
When do you like to work out and why?