Should you exercise at the same time every day? It’s an interesting question, and we know you’re curious about the answer.
In short, it doesn’t really matter. There are no firm scientific reasons behind why you should work out in the morning versus in the evening and vice versa. Thus, whether you train early or later in the day is entirely up to you. However, if you choose to exercise at the same time daily, it’s more likely that you’ll make it a habit.
That said, you’re bound to run into fitness enthusiasts who still believe that working out at certain times of the day will help them better reach their goals. Let’s look at some of the rewards you can reap from exercising at specific times in the day.
The Benefits of Morning Exercise
Some people simply prefer training in the morning because it prevents them from postponing it. Additionally, one study confirms that exercising first thing in the morning can promote weight loss. This is because you’ll likely feel more inclined to make healthier choices throughout the day. Plus, this time of day is ideal for fasted cardio.*
Afternoon Exercise Advantages
If you wish to build strength, it may be best to work out in the late afternoon. Your body temperature and testosterone levels increase during this time of day; when your body warms up and your hormone levels rise, you can effortlessly build muscle.
The Perks of Evening Exercise
Does training in the evening work better for you? You’ll be pleased to know a handful of studies confirm that working out in the evening is more effective than doing so in the morning. Further, if you’re worried about disrupting your sleep habits, The Institute of Human Movement Sciences and Sport suggests that evening exercise won’t negatively impact sleep.
In the end, if you find time to consistently work out, you should be in good shape—figuratively and literally.
*People engaging in exercise should alway use care when exercising during fasting. If you are not accustomed to exercise while fasting, you could faint, which could cause serious injury (e.g., head injury) or even death. It is best practice to run with a buddy who is not fasting if you decide to engage in an exercise program while fasting. Slowly apply this type of exercise program to understand how your body adjusts to exercise while fasting. Watch out for signs of dizziness, light-headedness, visual disturbances, excessive weakness, etc.