The million dollar question is it not?
Tell me if I’m wrong, but do you often wonder if you could potentially enhance your overall performance, energy levels, and achieve your goals at a faster rate by picking a specific time to train?
Well, you are not alone.
In fact, this is one of the most common questions I get and while the ultimate answer is specific to YOU I want to make one thing clear from the beginning…
Whether you choose to workout in the morning, at noon, or in the evening the fact that you are exercising is what matters most!
Yes, some of you might hear others say you “should” workout in the morning because of XYZ and others will argue the complete opposite.
In reality, you know how we feel about the “one size fits all” approach.
So, being completely honest with you and while the answer might not sound as scientific or evidence-based the “best” time is up to your preference! The question you should ask yourself should always be, “can I make this a habit?”
However, there are many positives and negatives to training at different times of the day!
So, if you really want to know which one should you go with and what I think the “best” time truly is then let’s compare them both:
Why Morning Workouts Rock!
1. More Alert & Focused
Assuming that you had quality sleep the night before (7-9 hours) you are more than ready to tackle whatever the day throws at you. You will have razor sharp focus for each and every set/rep during your workout.
- In case you need a little “pick me up” in the morning to get you going this is what I personally recommend (all-natural, creatine free, and naturally flavored)
2. Higher % of Actually Doing It
This is so true! It is always good advice to prioritize things and get them done earlier in the day. It really works! If you know that you are more than likely to skip the gym on the way back from work then this might be for you.
Nothing beats a good lifting or cardio session in the morning and it will definitely kick your metabolism into high gear for hours to come optimizing fat-burning and energy levels. This is a win-win.
4. Great Way to Start the Day
Endorphins, endorphins, endorphins. Guess what? Once it is over you’ll feel great and you don’t have to worry about it later. Need I say more?
5. Much Better Sleep at Night
If you’re like me and take any form of caffeine prior to exercising then having it in the morning gives your body time to metabolize it and get you relaxed to sleep. Exercise too close to bed-time and you might just sacrifice a good quality sleep (I’ve had many restless nights because of this so trust me!)
- If you know me well enough then you know sleep is a top priority for me. Never go a night without my ZMA.
Why Evening Workouts Rock!
1. More Food = More Energy! (GAINZ)
Calories are always KING when it comes to energy. The only thing that fuels our bodies is food. Chances are by the time you hit the gym later in the day you have had at least 2 solid meals going into it!
- If it’s been a while since you last ate and you’re feeling a little low on energy have a scoop of Whey Protein or some BCAA’s before your session.
2. Can Sleep In
Yes, you heard that right! I know how you feel and I totally get it. Some of us are just not meant to be early birds. It is perfectly OK. So, don’t stress about it and enjoy your sleep. Remember, it is all about getting it done.
3. Lift More Weight
No surprise here. Make sure to prioritize protein and carbs here. If you are struggling with your pre-workout nutrition check my post here!
4. Helps Relieve Stress from Work & Life
Exercise is the most underutilized anti-depressant out there. If you’ve had a rough day at work or just need a place to escape just know that the gym will always be there for ya. It has been my therapy for years and I’m confident it can be for you as well.
5. Fewer People in the Gym
If any of the above reasons are not enough this one definitely will make you reconsider. A crowded gym is everyone’s nightmare. Don’t get me wrong! It’s not the people or the environment but more like all the equipment is taken so might as well do some bodyweight exercises. OK maybe not.
Now as you can see, regardless of when you workout there will always be benefits and drawbacks.
Personally, through trial and error, I’ve found that morning workouts suit my lifestyle better. It sets the pace for the rest of my day and gives me peace of mind knowing that I did what needed to be done.
Keep in mind, this is what works for me and by no means should you feel like you need to work out in the morning because of my opinion. What truly matters is your preference and lifestyle.
My advice is to experiment with both methods and listen to your body.
Did the morning suck?
Was the gym too crowded for your personal preference?
Was traffic the reason for not exercising after work?
I am here for you. I want you to develop a routine and habit you can maintain long-term no matter the time you workout at because consistency is what’s truly important!
Do you feel like this post helped you?
Have you found out which time works best for you?
If so, let me know down below and stay motivated!
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