Are you an early bird who loves to go for a sunrise run, or hit the treadmills at 5:30 am and break a sweat before the office? Do you like to go into the gym in the evenings after a long day of work to clear your head and pump some iron?
What is the best time of day to work out? Truthfully, it all depends on you and your personal goals. Both morning and evening sessions have their own advantages.
Morning Sessions – May be best for Weight Loss
There are many individuals and trainers who advocate for
- You can’t seem to hit cardio on a full stomach, without negative repercussions.
- Mentally, you feel like these 6:00 am sessions prep you for a productive day.
- Avoiding the aggravating rush of people who enter the gym at 5:30 pm
- Helps you get out of bed in morning and keeps you consistent, especially since most of the last-minute dinner plans or events take place at night.
(**important because consistency is key to success)
Whatever your reasoning, according to the Journal of Physiology, exercising before breakfast may help to control your appetite for the rest of the day and improve insulin sensitivity & glucose tolerance, on fat-rich diet. Overall, allowing you to maintain the weight loss results you are looking for.
Evening Sessions – May be best for Muscular Gains and Size
On the other side, if you are sure you can stay consistent, there are many benefits for those of you who love your evening workouts too!
A study published in the
Morning Sessions are ideal for those of you who are looking to maintain weight loss, fat-burning, stress relief and maximize sleep quality.
On the contrary, evening sessions are perfect if you are looking to gain greater muscle size, density, power and strength.
You should note however, that the most important consideration is CONSISTENCY. Choose the time of day that allows you to form the best habit, stay motivated, and perform your work outs with the highest quality. That is “YOUR IDEAL TIME” to exercise.
“The best time to exercise,” boils down to PERSONAL PREFERENCE.
Interactions of cortisol, testosterone, and resistance training – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20560706
Fasted Training and Fed Training – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20837645