Pros and Cons of working out during the day vs. the night

Did you know there are pros and cons to working out in the morning versus working out in the evening?

Morning Benefits

Morning workouts are ideal for burning fat and losing weight, but afternoon workouts may give your performance a boost, since you’ll have eaten a meal or two by the time you get going. If you have any questions let us know.

Fat is your primary energy source in the morning—you’ve been fasting all night! —so when you work out, you’re targeting fat more directly. It will lower your blood pressure, and according to researchers, improve your sleep. Morning exercisers tend to be more consistent.

Strength and weight training first thing, for example, will require your body to use fat already stored in the body – rather than relying on the food you just ate. Research also shows the ‘afterburn’ may last longer after a morning work out. If you need any more encouragement, an Appalachian State Uni study showed those who lift at 7am power down faster at night – and produce more human growth hormone – than evening trainers.

Evening Benefits

Energy and performance tend to improve later in the day – most people have higher levels of power and endurance as the day goes on. Great news for cardio enthusiasts – research shows people who work out in the evening take up to 20% longer to reach exhaustion, so you can run, ride or swim for longer.

If you’re bodybuilding, hormones are on your side later in the day. Your body may produce more testosterone in the afternoon than the morning – which enables greater gains in muscle and strength. Testosterone is vital for building muscle in both men and women, so playing your times to hormonal advantage is a smart thing to do.

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