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Morning or Evening Workout: Pros and Cons

Are you a person who hits the gym with the dawn when all the world is awake or a person who refreshes his/her mind after a long tired day? Which one is correct? Whether you can exercise any time of the day or any specific time is optimal? Read this article to know about it.

There are different opinions, myths and studies that which time is better and what are pros and cons of the morning and evening workout. In this article we’re going to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the morning and evening workout, we hope this will help you in selecting the right time according to your targeted fitness goals.

Morning Workout

Hormones: Testosterones soar in the morning and cortisol hormone is normalized in the evening while being high in the morning.

Pros of Morning Workout

  • Fat Burning: Morning workout will help in burning the fat as it boosts your metabolism and burns more calories.
  • Energy Booster: Morning workout helps in boosting the energy which will help you in performing the whole day activities swiftly. You wake up fresh in the morning and body draws the energy stored in the muscle fibers to recuperate.
  • Improves Mental Health: Exercise is the most effective tool to fight against depression and anxiety and if you will exercise in the morning you will feel happier and positive as morning exercises boost endomorphin in the body.
  • Natural Glow: As we sweat while performing the exercise, morning exercises will give a natural blush throughout the day. You don’t need to wear the make-up.

Cons of Morning Workout

Wake-up Early for exercises: May be it’s not a drawback for many people as they can have habit of waking up early in the morning.

But this can be pretty obvious for the people who don’t want to wake up early in the morning and they feel it like a huge challenge in getting out of the bed, especially, if they have odd working hours.

If you don’t have a planned routine then waking up early can disturb your sleep pattern and cause sleep deprivation, which in the long run hampers your overall health and fitness goals.

Major chances of Injury: Muscles and joints are rigid in the morning, so you have to invest your few minutes in warm-up before workout to reduce the chances of injury.

One of the study showed that your muscles and joints are 20 % more flexible in the evening hours.

Nutrition deficiency: Most of the people who workout in the morning want to invest less time in the exercises as they have to go to office/college/school, etc. In order to finish the workout quickly they forget to prioritize the morning snacks and it can also take some time to figure out what food you have to take during, before and after workout.

Evening Workout

Pros of Evening Workout

Stress free Morning: You don’t need to stress about changing the clothes, taking shower and preparing the morning meal. You can get some extra time to sleep as you have done your workout in the evening. You can start your day without worrying of anything.

Gives you positive energy: If you had a bad day or stressful day at work then evening workout can help you in forgetting the whole day’s stressful activities. It helps in the transition of stress into positive mind and you can enjoy with your family or loved ones even after a hectic day.

Flexibility: We engage in the activities throughout the day so your body is more flexible in evening hours and there are less chances of injuries.

Long Workout: You can spend more hours in the gym in the evening hours as now you don’t need to think about the work anymore. In evening hours you have enough time to train your core or any targeted muscles. According to the gym goers they can achieve their goal by performing their workout in the morning.

Cons of Evening Workout

Flop the Plans: Most of the party plans are made in the evening so this can distract you from your workout routine.

Obviously, you will find the parties more tempting than hitting the gym after a long day. You will find chilling with your friends more comfortable.

Crowded Gym: Gyms are mostly occupied in the evening so you may not get the proper space and equipment facilities in the crowded gym.

Conclusion: Your workout schedule should depend on what timing is giving you the more benefits.

Basically, it depends on what kind of person you are. If you are an early riser then you can find the morning workout more pleasurable, positive, effective and exciting but some of the people may find it stressful.

On the other hand, exercising in the evening may help in reducing your stress after a hectic day.

You need to wisely choose the type of exercises according to your target, availability and physical health. If you have any specific health problem than avoid any rigorous activity.

Investing time in exercises is really important but remember one thing, exercise is 20% - 30%and rest of the percentage is of good nutrition. Make sure you’re nourishing your body with right nutrition.

Don’t forget to make meal-plans and follow them with the workout routine. Whatever time you have chosen, you have to stick to your workout routine to achieve desirable targets.

About The Author

Monika Chahar

Monika Chahar is a young journalist who has worked with media houses like Hindustan Times and Dainik Jagran group (special coverage of Jagran Film Festival). She has also develo.... Read More..

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