What is the best time of day to work out? See what our trainer has to say on the matter on LC.com

When it comes to working out, we usually determine our gym time on how heavy our workload may be. Sometimes that looks like early in the morning before we head to the office or later in the evening when we’re finally on our way home. Consistency is key to any workout, so we’ve been trying to decide which is better: a morning or afternoon workout. Because we weren’t entirely sure which one is better than the other, we’ve called on personal trainer, Dr. Hunter Vincent, to help us make the final decision. If you’re like us and are still trying to figure out a routine, you’re going to want to keep reading…

The perfect workout time varies from person to person. What one person needs to achieve his or her fitness goals may be completely different from someone else. It’s important to understand that no matter the time of day, whether it’s morning, noon or night, the number one aspect of any routine is consistency. And let’s be honest, not everyone is accustomed to waking up early or staying up late! Overall, any exercise is good exercise especially if you’re willing to do it repeatedly. Keep scrolling to see Dr. Hunter Vincent’s pros and cons for each time of day and make the final decision on which works best for you…

Morning Workouts

The Pros:

1. Get it out of the way early.

Choosing to work out in the morning minimizes your risk of collapsing on the couch after work and getting sucked into a good old-fashioned Netflix binge. Being an early bird minimizes the risk of potential cancellation. As the day progresses, there are more opportunities for last minute catastrophes to get in the way of your workout. Getting it out of the way early eliminates the chance of something else knocking your exercise off of the to-do list.

2. Beat the crowds.

Waking up and hitting the gym a little earlier helps you beat the rush and avoid unwanted crowds. Most gyms and group classes will have open spots early as opposed to later in the morning and after work hours. Save yourself the hassle (and a spot on the treadmill!) by hitting the gym in the morning.

3. Get better sleep.

When it comes to sleep quality, a hard morning workout cam help improve your sleep quality. There’s nothing worse than laying in bed at night with a bad case of insomnia, so help yourself out by working out in the morning. Getting adequate beauty sleep is just as important as working on your fitness!

The Cons:

1. It feels more difficult. 

Don’t worry it’s not just you! Morning workouts tend to feel like they require more effort than afternoon workouts. This could be due to the fact that your body needs a little bit more time to wake up. Muscles are stiff, your joints have been static, and your body is colder. That being said, a proper warm-up is crucial when you hit the gym in the morning. We recommend taking a morning yoga class to help your body loosen up and prepare your mind and body for the adventures and challenges of the day ahead.

Afternoon Workouts

The Pros:

1. Improved flexibility. 

As your body progresses throughout the day, it naturally becomes more flexible due to your body temperature rising. This can help minimize injuries in the long run. A proper warm up is always crucial no matter the time of day, but if you work out in the afternoon your body already has a little head start!

2. Better for maximum effort.

When it comes to boosting your physical performance and giving maximum effort, afternoon workouts do just the trick. Afternoon training sessions increase your tolerance for intense exercise, helping you get more out of your workout. Sounds like a win-win to us!

The Cons:

1. Goodbye happy hour.

Now, this can also be seen as a positive thing, but a little bit of balance goes a long way! Whether it’s watching a sunset with your main squeeze or meeting up with friends after work, an afternoon workout can minimize your time to socialize. Although this might result in less calorie intake, it’s not usually as fun as happy hour. Remember that your body will love you for it!

A huge thank you to Dr. Hunter Vincent for his advice! We love that he gave us the pros and cons of each time slot. Now it’s time for you to decide: morning of afternoon?

What time of day are you more willing to workout?

Let us know in the comments!

XO Team LC

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