As life goes, we all prefer working out at different times of the day, with some of us hitting the gym first thing in the morning while others prefer to work out in the evening. But have you ever stopped to wonder if you would get better results if you worked out at a different time of day?
According to studies, the time of day that you work out does actually impact on the results you get. While working out at different times will have different benefits, there is not necessarily one time of day that is flat-out better or worse – it all depends on what you want to achieve.
Workout in the morning if you want to…
Avoid gaining weight
A ground-breaking study that was published in 2010 found that working out in the morning allows people to consume more calories without gaining weight. The study followed three groups of people who consumed a high calorie and high fat diet, and each group worked out at a different time of day – before breakfast, mid morning, and not at all. At the end of the study only the group who had worked out before breakfast managed to avoid gaining any weight, suggesting that a pre-breakfast morning work out can help you to avoid gaining weight.
According to a 2011 study, a group who worked out at 7am three times a week found that their blood pressure reduced by 10 percent overall, and up to 25 percent at night, leaving them feeling less stressed.
Workout at night if you want to…
A 1998 study found that those who work out in the evening generally demonstrated a greater ability to use their full muscle strength. The study followed a group of untrained young adults who worked out at 8am, 12pm, 4pm, and 8pm, and found that people were able to make the most of their muscle strength later in the day.
According to a 2009 study, gaining muscle is best achieved when you work out at night, however overall working out at the same time every day – even if it is in the morning – will help you to get the best results.
A 2009 study found that if you are doing a high intensity workout like running, it’s best to exercise at the end of the day. Because your core temperature rises during the day, your joints and muscles will be more prepared for high intensity work outs later in the day.