Is it better to workout in the morning or night?
As much as we love to take care of our health, workout daily and eat healthily, it’s difficult to schedule things with our busy lifestyles. It’s a challenge in itself to make sure that we do the most effective workout at the right time. But what is the right time for a workout? Morning or night? Well, there are pros and cons to both.
According to the British Journal of Nutrition, a morning workout is better for weight loss. Doing cardio in the morning burns 20% more fat as it kick-starts your metabolism. This, in turn, burns more calories throughout the day. If you are a morning riser, then you can finish your workout in the morning. You don’t have to worry about any unexpected lunch, dinner or appointments in the latter half of the day. Also, the rush of endorphins due to the morning exercise routine will keep your energy high throughout the day.
Research shows that exercising before having breakfast(i.e. fasting and exercising) helps you to burn stored fat instead of burning carbohydrates from food. A 2012 BYU study found that women who do a 45-minutes workout in the morning were more likely to make healthier choices of food and eat less throughout the day. When you prepare your body for a morning workout after a good deep sleep, you need to do stretching and warm-ups before entering into a beast mode. Few rounds of jumping jacks and a round of jogging is a good start. A morning workout reduces your blood pressure and also prepares your body for a peaceful sleep.
Working out at night has its own set of benefits. Many people find it a good way to relax and disconnect from the entire day’s stress. It’s a good way to distress your body and mind, rather than indulging in a bottle of wine. You won’t be in any hurry to workout in the morning. Your mornings will be much relaxed. You can spend more time in the shower and have a lavish breakfast. When you workout at night you don’t actually need a warm-up session. Since you already have the right energy from the lunch and evening snacks you had, you can directly get into the beast mode.
Both morning and evening workouts help with better sleep. According to a study, people who weight lifted in the evenings had a longer and better quality of sleep as compared to morning weight-lifters.
Remember that at the end of the day, it’s important that you workout. Take out at least one hour out of your busy schedule and do some physical activity, either jogging, skipping, running, squats, etc. Choose the time that suits you best. Morning or night, consistency is the key. Choose a time that is realistic for you and you shouldn’t miss it for anything. If you are more alert and active in the morning, then wake up an hour early and finish your workout. But if the night is your thing and you are energetic by evening, no worries, workout at that time. Whichever time you choose, just stick to it. It’s quite possible that what works for your friends might not work for you. So, rather than getting influenced by them, listen to your body and take charge.
To conclude, it’s your body, it’s your health, you have to decide a time and start working on your fitness goals.
Don’t miss out on nutrition when you focus on your workout. You should try mango-pineapple smoothie and a spinach-banana smoothie which are really delicious. To make it healthier, use A Nutrilite All Plant Protein Powder to mix it up. This will ensure that your protein tank is full for the day.