Better to workout right after waking or right before bed?

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    Aug 21, 2011 9:33 PM GMT
    Better to workout right after waking or right before bed?


    Just kinda curious, its the only 2 options i have for lifting - Bulking/gaining

    After the morning workout i would be working for a 10 hour shift in a medium physical demand environment.

    After a nite workout, i would be sleeping within an hour of the workout for ~7-8 hours.
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    Aug 22, 2011 1:30 AM GMT
    i prefer working out before bed. tires me out, have a great sleep and feeling good the next day.
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    Aug 22, 2011 1:44 AM GMT
    I've heard studies say that as long as it's not too soon before bed. Something like 2-4 hours before you sleep. Apparently, it can keep you up, causing you to lose sleep.

    But.... I workout pretty late and am usually in bed within 2 hours. And I have no trouble falling asleep haha.

    Also, seems like you get plenty of sleep (7-8 hours)... so, I wouldn't worry about it.
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    Aug 22, 2011 1:51 AM GMT
    For me before bed would be better, but there is no hard and fast rule.
    It depends on the person.
    Try both and see what works best for you.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 22, 2011 1:53 AM GMT
    Different for everybody. I do morning cardio, and some simple lifting, but nothing too major... I like mid afternoon- early evening. After about 8:00 p.m. I probably won't be able to get to sleep on time.
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    Aug 22, 2011 1:57 AM GMT
    Before. Your body is too dehydrated when you wake.
  • UnluckyTitan

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    Aug 22, 2011 1:58 AM GMT
    Whatever makes you more likely to stick to your routine. I prefer the morning myself, hard to claim I had a long day at work and am too tired for the gym.
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    Aug 22, 2011 7:27 AM GMT
    Kanaka24 saidBefore. Your body is too dehydrated when you wake.


    This is an interesting analogy and i would agree now that i think about it. I do tend to run for water quite frequently in the AM hours opposed to when im able to fit a workout in during the day on the weekends.

    Right now the morning (445am) is the most convenient for sure because the amount of people at the gym ( i hate waiting for weights or equipment ) and its close to work and less driving overall. Also, sometimes when ya get home from workin 10 hours, shower then sit down... yea, you dont much wanna go bust your ass liftin later in the night after youve relaxed a bit.
  • Joeyphx444

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    Aug 22, 2011 7:32 AM GMT
    I have done both mornings and nights and I have to say my energy is highest an hour or so after waking up and in the evenings. I don't think I'd get the best workout if it were right before bed or right after waking up. It doesn't even seem like it's even healthy lol

    I believe you should let your body naturally rest before going to bed. Working out stimulates your body way too much, esp for someone like me who has maybe above average energy
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    Aug 22, 2011 7:51 AM GMT
    I had switch my routines from early in the morning (5AM) to the afternoon (2-3PM) and in the evenings (7-9PM) and I have notice the afternoon is better for me. Mornings is only good a day after the weekend or if you had more than 8-hrs. of sleep.
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    Aug 22, 2011 7:56 AM GMT
    ESCESV saidI had switch my routines from early in the morning (5AM) to the afternoon (2-3PM) and in the evenings (7-9PM) and I have notice the afternoon is better for me. Mornings is only good a day after the weekend or if you had more than 8-hrs. of sleep.


    I get off work at 430pm so by then the gym is packed with highschool kids, college, shower sharks (lol) And its a smaller gym so there isnt an abundance of equipment .. i go to the gym to workout ... yea, theres a lot of eye candy at the hour but id rather get in and do my workout and get out

    Whenever i move i completely agree that the afternoon would be better even after a long shift at work. Your bodies all warmed up, stretched, and ready to go.

    Ive never had a problem with being totally energetic first thing in the morning even waking at 4am.

    Its difficult for me to get 8 hours of sleep because i dont wanna go to bed at 8pm .... i aint That old yet lol
  • gymnewby1983

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    Aug 23, 2011 9:27 PM GMT
    I very recently discovered the joys of working out before work:

    1- No one at the gym
    2- Kick start the day and gives energy
    3- Leaves plenty of time for me in the evening
    4- Forces me to wake up...

    I must say I sleep better now and have no difficulty eating the amount of calories required by my program. Before I was struggling to get it all down.

    So... Morning it is for me icon_biggrin.gif