It seems as though their are always different ways to look at a morning workout verses a night workout. So what’s the best for you and is one better then the other? “Fox News.com” has it’s own take on why you should workout in the A.M.
Working out in the morning can boost energy for the rest of the day. An a.m. workout jump-starts metabolism in the same vein that eating breakfast does. The thermal effect of exercise (or activity) lasts at least four hours after a workout. That increases the total calorie expenditure throughout the day.
In the 8-12 hours prior waking, your body was in sleep mode and, depending on the quality of sleep, in a process of regeneration. A workout causes microscopic tears in the muscle fibers. Oxidation also takes place on the cellular level and energy stored in the muscle fibers are utilized. Sleep is the time for the body to repair damage. Antioxidants repair cellular damage. Food is digested and converted to glucose. In the morning, you’re using a fresh, repaired and, in some instances, new body. During REM sleep, dreams are also a chance for the body to rehearse or even learn new motor skills — that clean and snatch is smoother and easier than it was during your last workout because you essentially had time to practice during your sleep (source).
Obviously, what works for one person won’t work for the next. Although, I agree with all the science in this article; I also hate to feel rushed when doing my own routine. If I have to workout later in the day to feel like I got everything in, then it’s be better for my personal overall fitness. However, I will say that I love to do cardio during the morning hours and then go do my weights later in the day. This seems to give me a boost in the morning and a calm, relaxed feeling at night.
Do what works with your schedule. However, if you had to pick between the 2 and you have enough time to finish your whole routine in the morning, then maybe this will get you out of bed and into the gym before the morning traffic hits!