What is the best time for workouts: MORNING or EVENING?

Read below to find the answer to this epic question and decide for yourself!

Some people prefer a run early in the morning, others would schedule their workout during their lunchtime, and some will reserve a session at the gym in the evening.

In general, we all have time to exercise at some time during the day, but is there a best time for your workout?

Could it be that physical activity in the morning results in better weight loss effect, or is weight training in the evening better for muscle gain? Read on and you’ll find out.

Morning Workouts

While many people believe that the morning is the best time for your exercises, there are lots of others who can’t handle the thought of having to get up early just to go for a run.

However, workouts in the morning before breakfast is the best time for cardio sessions if your goal is to lose weight.

When exercising before breakfast on an empty stomach your body has to burn fat for fuel, as your glycogen stores will be depleted after a night of fasting.

Moreover, morning workouts will also help to activate your metabolism and help to wake you up.

The endorphins released when you exercise will get your day off to a good and positive start, and help to keep your mental awareness high for hours to come. Morning exercise improves your mood and psychological state of mind more than evening exercise. So with both mental and physical benefits, morning exercise sounds pretty good.

However, there are some disadvantages to working out in the morning and these are mainly attributed to body temperature. Your body temperature is the lowest in the morning, meaning that your muscles will be colder and less flexible. You’ll also have lower energy levels.

This increases the risk of injury and reduces the efficiency of exercise. Therefore, it is recommended to always warm up before the actual workouts. Also, if you’re not a ‘morning person’, getting into a routine of morning exercise, and sticking to it, can be quite challenging.

Evening Workouts

Whilst morning workouts seem to have their benefits, there is a lot of proof that supports that evening workouts are more efficient in terms of performance.

Your body can give out better results in the evening because your organism is fully awake. Evening time is also better for maximal anaerobic strength exercises.

This concludes that late afternoon and evening time is best for strength training and building muscles, as well as high intensity and power based exercises.

This could possibly be down to the fact that body temperature peaks in the evening and late afternoon, so your muscles will be warm and ready to go.

Moreover, in the afternoon your testosterone levels are higher induced by exercise; and with testosterone playing a key role in the gaining of muscle; this is another reason for exercising in the evening.

The fact that you’ll be at your physical peak late in the afternoon and early in the evening means that it will also be a good time for moderate cardio. But some studies have shown that there is no difference between morning and evening when it comes to levels of stamina.

So whilst it can be said that strength training and high-intensity exercise is best done late in the afternoon and early on in the evening, moderate aerobic exercise is just as good, if not better, first thing in the morning.

Conclusion

So, taking the current evidence into account, it seems that there are benefits for both morning and early evening workouts.

However, aside from all the research, the one thing that all scientists would agree on is that the most important thing is exercising, no matter what time of day. But at least now you are hopefully better informed as to which time of day may be best for what you are trying to achieve, be it banishing the fat, toning up, or just for general health and fitness.