Morning v. Evening Workout

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    Feb 18, 2008 5:02 PM GMT
    I was wondering when you guys prefer to work out? In high school it was always early in the mornings and since college I've mostly switched to nights. For me, there are personal benefits to both, night workouts I get to burn off some stress and morning workouts lets me have the evening open and that feeling of "I'm so glad I've already got my workout in today."

    Does anyone know of any scientific benefits to doing one over the other and base your time off of that, or is it mostly just whenever you get time?
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    Feb 18, 2008 5:30 PM GMT
    Although this isn't scientific, it helps me psychologically.

    I work out in the morning. Life just seems so busy nowadays, that it is difficult to make sure that you take care of yourself. Therefore, I make it a priority. I treat myself to a "gift" of a work out every morning, before I do anything else. As a result, my work outs never feel like a chore but are always pleasurable and motivating.

    And now that I've taken care of me, it makes it much easier to take care of everything and everyone else for the rest of the day.

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    Feb 18, 2008 6:20 PM GMT
    This subject has come up before. And every personal trainer will tell you something different. Basically, workout when its right for you. For me, I prefer afternoon/evening workouts. It helps me destress and I feel like I have more energy than I do in the morning, therefore I push myself harder and get in a better workout. For some guys, its the opposite.
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    Feb 18, 2008 6:31 PM GMT
    I prefer to work out late mornings/early afternoons. I've tried early morning workouts, but can barely motivate myself to get out of bed so trying to get in a high intensity workout is pretty much impossible. I used to like nights when I was in college, but working out gets me wired which makes it difficult to get to sleep at a decent hour.
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    Feb 18, 2008 6:55 PM GMT
    wrkoutbud30 saidThis subject has come up before. And every personal trainer will tell you something different. Basically, workout when its right for you. For me, I prefer afternoon/evening workouts. It helps me destress and I feel like I have more energy than I do in the morning, therefore I push myself harder and get in a better workout. For some guys, its the opposite.


    I agree. Workout when it is right for you. I can do either, but, at the moment, I prefer the evenings. I used to teach a 5:30 am group fitness class for a few years. I got tired of it. So, it's difficult for me to think about working out in the early, early mornings now.

    Kev
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    Feb 18, 2008 6:59 PM GMT
    I wish I could work out in the morning. I would love to have more of my nights free. i work part time a few nights a week, so if you add that to the night 3 nights a week at the gym its a lot. I also workout sat and sun and work part time both days.

    Being able to get up early enough to work out then get to work by 8am would be AMAZING! Unfortunately I am not a morning person. Once I am up, I am fine, but getting up is the problem.
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    Feb 18, 2008 7:15 PM GMT
    I have always done best in the late afternoons or early evenings. I can work out in the morning but I am not as strong as I am in the afternoon. Maybe it has to do with the amount of time since you last ate or blood sugar. I should say that I could do cardio anytime, but weight training is another story.

    this one says lunch is worst (for cardio?)
    http://webcenters.netscape.compuserve.com/homerealestate/package.jsp?name=fte/worsttimetoexercise/worsttimetoexercise

    this article says late afternoon is the best with some reasons, but that morning exercisers are more consistant
    http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/anatomyandphysiology/a/WhenToExercise.htm
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    Feb 18, 2008 7:42 PM GMT
    I guess I'm one of those rare morning people that likes to hit the gym as early as possible. I'm generally up by 5:30am and the at the gym by 6:30/7. I generally have class by 8 and then study till late at night so the morning's the main time I can go, but it also acts as a kick start to the day and I feel more energized and focused when I workout in the morning
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    Feb 18, 2008 7:46 PM GMT
    I prefer to work out in the morning, it keeps me feeling more energetic throughout the day, but because of my schedule, i work out whnever i can, be it early morning, afternoon or late night....but for me, the morning workout is the best only because the rest of my day goes alot better.
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    Feb 18, 2008 11:15 PM GMT
    I tend to workout more at night because I usually have more time then but I prefer to workout mid day. I find that I am more motivated and get more out of a workout if I do it around noon or early afternoon. Basically, if the sun is out, I am more motivated.
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    Feb 19, 2008 1:45 AM GMT
    I remember reading something that said your muscles had more energy availible and thus could get a more effective workouts early in the morning.

    But then on the downside I've read that a lot of muscle repair takes place during sleep... so I guess the ideal workout would be an early morning workout followed by a long nap? Haha, for people who have no jobs or school.
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    Feb 20, 2008 8:33 PM GMT
    Workout out when it's best for you.
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    Feb 20, 2008 8:46 PM GMT
    I need to work out in the morning because if I work out in the evening it keeps me awake, and I have a hard enough time sleeping as it is.icon_eek.gif
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    Feb 21, 2008 6:04 AM GMT
    definitely mornings for me. if i can get up around 9 or 10 before class and workout, i find myself a lot more motivated for the rest of the day.
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    Feb 21, 2008 11:28 AM GMT
    Just like there are people who can't function before 10am there are morning and there are night people
    some guys fare better at different times
    and our bodies reflect that
    my body is used to evening workouts...it's where my strength is highest and my attitude is best
    but I used to workout a 6 am a while back
    so we can train our bodies to change also