AM versus PM workouts

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    May 16, 2007 5:02 AM GMT
    I have often been told that a morning workout jumpstarts your metabolism. However not being a morning person, I end up working out late in the evening.

    Can this have a dramatically negative effect?

    Objective a lean physique, not looking for a bulky one.

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    May 16, 2007 6:04 AM GMT
    Golden rule:

    The best time to exercise is a time that you will ACTUALLY do it.

    There is a lot of divisive arguments about what time of day is best, but the truth is the best time is when you can enjoy exercising and make it work for you.
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    May 16, 2007 10:00 AM GMT
    I never workout in the evenings because I like to have that time to myself. Instead I'm at a gym that is 2 mins walk away from my house. So, during the week I get up at 6am and am starting my exercise by 6.15am and by 7.30am it's all done for the day.

    It definitely gives me the kickstart I need for the whole day. At the weekend I tend to do morning gym sessions, it just means you have the rest of the day free.
  • Laurence

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    May 16, 2007 11:14 AM GMT
    I agree with Red here.

    I get up early and workout in the morning. That gets exercise out of the way and leaves my evenings free to do something else (socialise, read a book, go to the theatre etc).

    I find exercise can be a bit mind-numbing and best done before the brain wakes up and realises how boring it is.

    However to answer your question, from reading some of the great advice on here. Other people seem to prefer getting up in the morning, doing some cardio (a run) and then later in the day doing the weight-training thing. Though who has time to work-out twice a day?

    I am sure whatever works best for your lifestyle is best for you. Any exercise routine is only sustainable in the long-term if it fits into lifestyle easily.

    Loz
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    May 16, 2007 3:18 PM GMT
    thanks
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    May 16, 2007 3:39 PM GMT
    All the articles I have read sate that in terms of your daily metabolism, the most effective (whatever "effective" means) time is between 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • GQjock

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    May 20, 2007 1:57 PM GMT
    There maybe an arguable difference in when the best time for a workout is but seriously
    ...if a certain time is good for you and gets you into the gym?....that's the best time for you to go
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    May 20, 2007 2:05 PM GMT
    Are you early morning workout guys doing it on an empty stomach? I know they say it's good to do cardio on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning. But, weight training?
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    May 21, 2007 1:14 AM GMT
    When I work out in the mornings, I generally have a bowl of high protein cereal about 1 hr beforehand.

    In the early evening, I don't eat beforehand because I have eaten lunch only 3 hours or so before. I usually take a protein supplement about 30 minutes after a workout and eat my evening meal about 1.5 to 2hrs after.
  • docbailey2005

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    Jun 06, 2007 3:00 PM GMT
    Listen to your body. If you have energy during a certain time of day and you can train at that time go for it. Otherwise it's good to switch workout times every few months to shock the body. Rest is most important in the end, as long as your body is healed and rested what time you workout won't matter much.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jun 06, 2007 3:08 PM GMT
    agree with Coop on this one!!! If you work out in the am but only have time once a week for it. Or you do not look forward to your workouts you will probably stop. I work out 8-9pm 5-6 days a week. The important thing is that you just do it. Nike was right.