There has been a long-standing debate over the optimum time for training. While some swear by a 6.a.m jog to get their hearts racing, others wouldn't dream of breaking a sweat before noon.


But is any one time of day the best time to exercise?

BENEFITS OF MORNING WORKOUTS:

  • While you sleep, antioxidants repair cellular damage and digest food to convert into glucose. In the morning, you’re using a fresh and repaired body from muscle regeneration during sleep.


  • Morning training can boost your energy for the rest of the day.


  • Can jump-start metabolism, with the thermal effect lasting at least four hours afterwards to increase total calorie expenditure throughout your day. 


  • The thermal effect of exercise is the same at any time of day - training up to three hours before your bedtime can disrupt the body’s circadian clock and may affect your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep!


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BENEFITS OF EVENING WORKOUTS:

  • Muscle strength is dependent on the muscle's ability to stretch. Later on in the day, your body is more warmed up -this results in the ability to work out longer and lift heavier weights, and decreases your chance of injury.


  • Synovial fluids fill your joints and act as cushioning and lubrication - you may notice your joints feeling less stiff as the day goes on as they are warmed up allowing for more flexibility in movement.


  • The calories you’ve consumed throughout the day are the perfect fuel for an evening workout (considering you have had proper meals throughout the day).


  • An early morning workout may wear you out for the rest of the day, whereas an evening working may fit in better for your type of lifestyle!


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WHAT DO YOU PREFER?

The truth is there is no concrete evidence to suggest that calories are burned more efficiently at certain times of day - but the time of day can influence how you feel when exercising.


The most important thing, experts say, is to choose a time of day you can stick with, so that exercise becomes a good habit!