Well this is an age old question, and if I had one share of Apple stock for every time someone has asked me this question, I’d look forward to more people asking it! Some people like to workout first thing in the dark morning, me included, while some much prefer the late afternoon, after work and before dinner. So which is better for you? What should you do?
Let’s start with the early morning workouts. First, it’s part of your daily disciplines, so it creates a very high level of consistency, meaning your very likely to not miss your workouts. This is HUGE. Second, compelling research indicates you elevate your metabolic burn rate throughout the day, gaining valuable bonus points for fat loss. Third, your body is well rested, since it repaired itself while you slept peacefully. Fourth, since you haven’t eaten since the night before, you may have less fuel to fire your workout. This is specifically why it’s a great idea to consume about 15 grams of protein with some glucose immediately before a weight training session if you’re lifting in the morning. For cardio days, consume water only before training for max fat loss.
What about those evening workouts? Let’s dig in here, too. First, there is a nice body of research that shows that many of us are stronger in the afternoons, helping us lift perhaps more weight for more reps. And isn’t it all about the result! We like to be healthy and we also like to look good, don’t we? Second, you’ve been up for many hours. If you’ve gotten enough sleep, you are totally awake and ready to kill it in the gym. You’ve also eaten throughout the day, so you have sufficient fuel. Third, training after work helps many of us distress and burn off the excitement and stress of the day. Fourth, if you train too late in the evening, you may have trouble shutting it down and getting great sleep.
So what’s the verdict? Should you train in the morning or afternoon? The answer is simple. All in all, it matters very little when you train. What matters is that you do train and that you do it consistently. If you prefer to hit it early, then do it. You like afternoons better? Great, then make it happen. Life is complicated enough. Why worry about when to train. Just put it in your non-negotiable calendar, get your gear on, jump in the car, drive to the gym and Get It DONE!!