Best Time to Workout

Is it better to work out in the morning or at night?

I hear a lot of people ask if it’s bad to work out at night. I think it’s kind of silly somebody would think that, but it’s asked enough to merit an answer. In short, no, it doesn’t matter when you workout. A more in depth answer would be it’s a matter of personal preference. Some people like to wake up, and get cracking first thing in the morning. Exercise wakes them up and acts as a good start to their day. Other people just aren’t morning people, and the last thing they want to do in their groggy, half asleep state is get physical. They like to let out the stresses of the day after they’ve finished their daily duties. Neither ways are wrong, both are right.

I would imagine that both scenarios have their own merits though. I would think that if you workout in the morning, having to move around after the workout and use the sore muscles would result in more muscle being used. On the other hand, working out at night would yield the benefit of going straight into muscle regeneration when you fall asleep.

Some things to take into consideration though, if you enjoy working out at night,  you may experience trouble falling to sleep. On the other hand, you might find it easier to get to sleep. I personally find it easier to get to sleep once I lay down, but my ability to gauge whether or not I’m tired is impaired.

Rest assured, regardless of the time of day that you choose to get your exercise, your progress won’t have any negative effect. Just do whichever you prefer, or whatever works best with your schedule. Have fun and stay committed.

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