AM workout vs. PM workout – Who wins it? This is another dilemma question asked by many people. Exercise brings out the best excuses out of people. Some can’t workout because ‘they’re not a morning person’ but as it turns out, these people aren’t an evening person either! So, to kick it off, I would like to say that the best thing to do is to stay committed with your exercise routine and stop making excuses! If you really do have a choice between exercising in the morning and working out in the evening, I would suggest that you should workout in the morning. There’s no harm in working out at both these times but it is more convenient to work out in the morning. Here are a few reasons why.
AM workouts are great. You wake up in the morning before your daily hustle and bustle; you exercise, have a nice breakfast and go about your daily business. There’s nothing you would rather do at 5 or 6 am in the morning (Except, sleep; of course) so there will be no distractions. Your routine won’t be affected by a dinner at a friend’s place or a surprise guest showing at your doorstep as you’re leaving for the gym. No disruptions mean that you’ll be affixed with your exercise routine for longer.
Kick-start the metabolic engine
An early wake-up call means that you’ll start your metabolic engine earlier than usual. This means that you will get an additional 2 – 3 hours during which you’ll be burning calories. This is similar to getting a 20 meters head start in a 200 m hurdles! So, wake up in the morning, have a little healthy snack and start exercising. As a result you will burn more calories throughout the day.
You’re fresh in the morning (Unless you got wasted last night!). This means that the quality of the workout will be top notch. It may take a while your wear off the sleep but generally, AM workouts have a better quality than PM workouts when you’re carrying your daily load of stress and physical trauma. Also, something about waking up early in the morning will make you feel rejuvenated and energetic throughout the day. This has a direct connection to your body’s biological clock that actually likes waking up in the morning to soak in light. This biological clock is triggered by light and plays an important part in your sleep and wake cycles. So, set your alarms an hour in advance and feel the difference!
Better Sleep quality
Some people tend to work out too close to their bedtime (1 – 3 hours prior). This can seriously affect the quality of sleep (Or sleep onset). When you put your body through physical exertion, the body goes into a state of frenzy. Your BP gets elevated your breathing pattern changes, your core temperature increases. It takes time for the body to return to its normal resting state. This means that working out too close to your bedtime can cause sleeping issues so a better alternative is to work out in the morning.
Beat the rush hours
Beat the Rush Hours
Whether you’re into jogging or weight training or Yoga or swimming, waking up early means that you’ll have the gym/running track/the road/the swimming pool to yourself. This means that you can actually do more in less time. You won’t have to stand in line for your turn or bump into hundreds of people at the jogging track or get stuck in a traffic jam on the way to your gym. Make the most of this time when everyone’s enjoying their slumber!