Basically, training at any time of day is better than not training at all, that’s for sure. But is there actually a perfect time of day for you to work out? Could it be better to workout early morning, midday, or evening? There is research to support the benefits of training at either time of day, so which one is best?
In general, most people have fewer commitments first thing in the morning. In other words, there are fewer excuses not to exercise.
If you're looking to lose weight, working out first thing will help set you up for success because early workout sessions can help regulate your metabolism and your body will continue to burn calories long after you stop exercising.
Pros of morning training:
- Finishing your workout in the morning leaves you feeling good and energized for the rest of the day.
- Most gyms are practically empty this time of day, so you won’t have to wait to use the equipment.
- Easier to stick to your workout routine
- Studies have shown that your testosterone level is at its highest in the morning. This can be really helpful, especially for strength training.
Cons of morning training:
- After waking up, your joints and muscles are still tight and stiff. A good warm-up is necessary to get your body ready to exercise.
- Generally, people tend to lack energy in the morning. It’ll take a little while to get your metabolism and cardiovascular system revved up.
- If you want to train before work, you should go to bed earlier the night before to ensure that you get enough sleep.