Morning or Night???

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    Mar 26, 2009 6:18 PM GMT
    I got in a conversation with a friend who thinks he knows everything about working out icon_mad.gif(love him thoughicon_biggrin.gif) but we starting arguing about weather or not working out in the morning is better for you than working out at night because it supposedly kick starts your metabolism so you burn more calories during the day. icon_neutral.gif
    I read somewhere that it really doesn't matter when you workout because
    A. Eating breakfast is whats going to kick start your metabolism
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    B. your body burns the same amount of calories during your work out no matter when you workout, day or night.
    I generally don't get to workout until after 9:30pm because of my schedule and I'm so not a morning person. Is it worth it to switch???? Thought/advice???
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    Mar 26, 2009 6:22 PM GMT
    I think it's really a personal preference. I am not a morning person, but the trainer I've worked with told me I'd burn more throughout the day if I could get my cardio in right away in the morning.

    Morning people are usually chipper. I don't like chipper.
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    Mar 26, 2009 7:30 PM GMT
    I use to workout in the morning and it would carry both my metabolism and high energy throughout the day, so much so that when I did my cardio after work, I still felt refreshed and ready for the next day.
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    Mar 26, 2009 8:51 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidMorning people are usually chipper. I don't like chipper.

    Oh he doesnt...he really doesnt....

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    Mar 26, 2009 10:38 PM GMT
    If working out at night works for you and doesn't stop you from falling asleep later, keep doing what you're doing. Not everyone is a morning person.
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    Mar 26, 2009 10:46 PM GMT
    I am totally not a morning person. I am pretty much Satan before 9 am. I attempted to workout at 530 am before work for a week. The owner of the gym I went to was psycho chipper in the morning, all smiley and wanted to talk to all the patrons. I seriously felt pissed and like crying at the whole time. I made it 4 days and had to switch back to the evenings
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    Mar 26, 2009 10:51 PM GMT
    The gym in my office building opens at 0400 hours.
    But when I stoke my metabolism that early in the day, I need to bring a shopping bag worth of food to work with me or I starve.
    Prefer to work out on the lunch break.
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    Mar 26, 2009 11:14 PM GMT
    I workout in the morning but it is at 1 am before bed. I really don't like crowds in gyms. I may do cardio earlier in the day but usually don't.
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    Mar 26, 2009 11:53 PM GMT
    It used to be thought that morning workouts were better than afternoon workouts. The metabolism was kick started by exercising in the morning. The faster metabolism would burn more fat. Some researchers now believe that the additional amount of calories burned by a morning workout may not be worth it. Because of circadian rhythms we are strongest in the late afternoon, so a more effective workout is possible. Since we are more alert, there is less chance of injury. Because of circadian rhythms, body temperature in the afternoon is one to two degrees warmer than in the morning.This makes muscles in the body more supple and lowers the risk of injury. Maximum body temperature occurs between 2 and 4 PM daily.
    Health experts agree -- it's better to exercise some than not at all. They say if people prefer to exercise in the morning, they need to spend a few more minutes warming up to stay on the path to good health
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    Mar 27, 2009 12:05 AM GMT
    Working out in the earlier morning is better for you. your metabolism is working faster when our active after the afternoon time your body slows down to process stuff.

    Work out in the morning get it down feel the energy..... eat like a rock star. eat fresh eat healthy
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    Mar 27, 2009 9:36 PM GMT
    The reason why cardio in the mornings (without food) is better for you is because, the glycogen in your body (the bad fat) converts to glucose (Sugar= energy the body needs to move around). So you burn the bad fat that’s stored in your body. It’s advised that you do cardio at least 25 minutes in the mornings without food. I have seen my body get tone after doing cardio every morning for a month now.
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    Mar 27, 2009 10:04 PM GMT
    I prefer morning or afternoon. If its too late, I'll be all pumped up and wont be able to sleep.
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    Mar 27, 2009 10:15 PM GMT
    I work out at noon time, add an hour to my lunch hour and go for a nice long, uncrowded, same crowd workout. Don't have to get up early, don't have to fight the after work crowds. Great time to go.
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    Mar 27, 2009 10:46 PM GMT
    According to Jim Stoppani (PhD) of Muscle and Fitness Magazine (Jan 2006) it says that "training in the evening may give you a small edge when it comes to gaining lean muscle and losing bodyfat." It goes on to say that the difference is so minimal that it isn't worth changing your schedule...
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    Apr 16, 2009 6:02 PM GMT
    This is an area where I feel conflicted. I follow Body for Life and have had great success with the program. Bill Phillips who wrote the book recommends that you workout on an empty stomach first thing in the morning to burn more fat instead of burning carbs and then to have a post workout meal replacement shake after and if it is a cardio workout for the day to wait one hour after the run to have the first meal to burn the maximum amount of fat.

    Since I am at work at six thirty in the morning it is pretty difficult for me to have a life if I am up at 4:30 to work out. So I don't do the morning workout and still do well. If I had a different job that required me to be in the office at say 9am instead, I would definitely do first thing in the morning. It is also nice to have it out of the way so you can go on with your day.