When it comes to working out, do you like to get up and go or cap off your day with a jog? A lot of people have asked, “When is the best time to workout?” Studies have been done, debates have sprouted, and I’m sure all the experts have their thoughts. I’m not here to add to the debate or take sides in the matter because in my opinion, as long as you are working out, you’re doing your body some good.
I see benefits to both morning and evening workouts, but not because of what it does for my metabolism or what is best for my muscles.
Getting in a workout in the morning is great for people, like me, with busy, unpredictable schedules. I never quite know when I’ll be getting out of the office on any given day. When I workout in the morning, I don’t have to worry about getting a workout in the rest of the day. I get up, go, and by the time I get to the office, I’m already awake, refreshed, energized, and have gotten more accomplished in my day than most people will by noon. It’s a great feeling. (I also can’t forget to mention how much less crowded the gym is in the morning.) On the other hand, waking up before I absolutely have to can be tough. I’m not going to lie, I have an internal debate with myself every time my alarm goes off. It goes something like this:
“Is that the alarm? I think it is. Bah. I want to keep sleeping. But I should get up and work out. But work shouldn’t be too busy today – I can workout when I get home. But something could come up to make me stay late. But my pillow is so comfortable. But a workout will wake me up. But my pillow is so comfortable. But I’ll feel good after a good sweat. But my pillow is so comfortable.”
Seriously. I sit in my bed, in the limbo between putting my head back on the pillow and putting my sneakers on, and have this debate. I swear I’m not crazy, but you know when you’re tired and half asleep… That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
Anyway, when the pillow wins, I get home from work knowing that I have to get a workout in. Sometimes it’s a looming feeling and other times I welcome the distraction. Having to sweat it out keeps me from laying around on the couch or snacking out of boredom. I get my heart pumping, take a shower, and then welcome my pillow only to wake up and have the same debate again in the morning.
Don’t get me wrong. I love a good workout and don’t consider it a chore. Workout time is my time to unwind, to get my mind off everything going on in the world around me, and to give my body and my mind a boost of endorphins, stamina, and strength. Sometimes it’s nice to switch it up between sunrise runs or watching the sun set from an elliptical.
So it doesn’t matter if you’re a morning mover or an evening exerciser. As long as you’re sweating, your shining in my book!
When do you like to get in a workout? Do you see any benefits/disadvantages to sweating it out first thing or at the end of the day?