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For those of us who are committed to working out more this New Year, preparing the proper workout schedule is the key to meeting any personal fitness goals. Although it can be difficult to find a convenient time to work out, it’s important to choose a daily time to fit in exercise. We highlight the difference between working out in the morning and the afternoon to help you determine what’s the best time to work out for you.
Working out in the morning may seem like the hardest thing to do, but It could be the most beneficial. Heading to the gym before work or school is a great way to start your day and prevents you from missing a workout if any new events arise during the day. Morning workouts can also prevent overeating, sluggishness, high blood-pressure, and restless sleeping.
Another huge benefit to morning workouts is avoiding big crowds. Most people prefer to work out after work or school because it fits into their schedules easier. Avoid the afternoon rush; go to the gym early and save yourself the unnecessary annoyance of not being able to get on your favorite machine or use the weight racks.
Choosing to exercise in the afternoon comes with benefits of its own. When you finally do hit the gym, the chances of you feeling groggy and tried are less likely as you’ve been up and productive for the majority of the day. Studies also show that your muscles are stronger later in the day, so you can reach your peak performance. Afternoon workouts can also act as great stress reliever, leading to deeper sleep and a better attitude.
A ClassPass survey revealed the most popular time to work out on the weekdays is at 5:30 p.m. Since It’s much easier to meet up in the evenings rather than the mornings, you could consider looking for a workout partner to join you. This is a great way to keep yourself motivated and on schedule.
Determining the best time to work out should be based on your personal goals and schedule. If you’re looking to build your self-discipline and be more active throughout the day, then go with a morning workout. If you’re looking to for an escape after a long day at work or school, an afternoon workout may be the best fit you. No matter what you decide, as long as you stick to a daily schedule, you’re sure to increase your chances of accomplishing your workout goals for the year.