View Full Version : Better to work out first thing in the morning...
04-25-2009, 03:09 PM
...or around 6-7ish at night?
I pretty much have all the time in the world at the moment as i don't have a job...
I was just wondering when you all work out...
04-25-2009, 03:11 PM
I've heard that it's better to work out right when you wake up, although it could easily have been just one of those myths you always hear about. I guess it'd be worth a shot if it really makes no difference to you.
Personally, I work out whenever I have the time. It changes a lot, but it usually ends up being in the afternoon some time.
04-25-2009, 03:23 PM
I would guess in the morning to up your metabolism and feed your muscles throughout the day.
Could be wrong though, maybe it's better to workout, eat, then let your muscles rest.
It doesn't matter, according to most research.
The rise in metabolism from a workout will continue even if you're sleeping.
whenever it's convenient is the major factor.
04-27-2009, 06:24 AM
pushups/situps/cardio in the morning, weights at night.
04-27-2009, 06:28 AM
I work out mostly at night, the good thing about working out in the morning is that you feel great for the rest of the day.
04-27-2009, 01:42 PM
I don't like the morning workouts. If I go really hard, I end up feeling mentally fuzzy during class.
I get a light work out in the morning and a real one at night.
04-27-2009, 01:45 PM
Morning has advantages and disadvantages.
Sometimes after really long workouts in the morning (long period of weight lifting or 6+ mile runs), I'll fall asleep and won't wake up till the afternoon. But after that I feel amazing and refreshed.
Night helps you fall asleep, but you don't have the amazing feeling all day long. Plus you might sleep late if it was too much of a work out.
04-27-2009, 02:04 PM
If I do weightlifting, I do it in the morning.
If I'm doing cardio, I prefer to do it in the evenings.
Not a big deal as far as I've heard.
04-29-2009, 03:52 AM
I've heard that cardio is best done in the morning before a meal because then your body will just use whatever complex carbs you still have left and fat for energy. Could be wrong though, but it makes sense to me. I doubt that the benefits (if there are any) are that big though.
I'd do weights whenever you have the most energy. I wouldn't get up early for any workout; that would just interfere with muscle gains.
I've heard that cardio is best done in the morning before a meal because then your body will just use whatever complex carbs you still have left and fat for energy. Could be wrong though, but it makes sense to me. I doubt that the benefits (if there are any) are that big though...
It does make sense, until you remember to factor in glycogen.
Your liver and muscles hold roughly 2000 Calories of glycogen, also known as animal starch (a complex carb).
If you haven't been radically cutting back on carbs, you'll still have a bunch of it stored away as glycogen. So you're not gonna really clean out the complex carbs from your system from an overnight fast.
It is true though, that you'll pull more from your body's stores if you are exercising on an empty stomach. But it's not necessarily fat, as there is a lot of stored carb as glycogen.
04-30-2009, 12:53 AM
I usually work out right when I get out of bed. 100 crunches and 100 pushups is a good way to start out the day.
04-30-2009, 01:26 AM
I only work night shifts and we have a gym at work so... I only work out during the night. On free days I just go swimming. Best workout there is.
04-30-2009, 10:03 PM
A rowing buddy of mine does weights at 6 in the morning. They've some crazy good coach apparently....
I've read it in Men's Health too.
But fuck, I'm not getting up at 6! I've a test at 9 tomorrow I'm barely gonna make.
Testosterone levels are highest in the morning.
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