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FARRAH511 Posts: 2,639
6/14/12 2:43 P

yes, whatever I can do before 9:30 pm...

MAYBER SparkPoints: (120,147)
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6/14/12 2:34 P

Prefer morning but sometimes it does get to be afternoon or evening before get some type of movement do not really notice much of difference except that when get it done in the morning seem to get so much more other things done during the day
One day at a time

WORKOUTG SparkPoints: (0)
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6/14/12 2:29 P

I like working out during the day particularly in the morning. But if I can get a chance to take a walk in th evevning that is a good thing too.

CHRISTINASP Posts: 1,856
6/14/12 2:28 P

I prefer to exercise in the morning. If I do it at night I don't sleep well.

JUDITH316 Posts: 165,581
6/14/12 2:21 P

I exercise both morning and night, it varies daily so night is just fine with me... emoticon

MARG17 Posts: 285
6/14/12 2:13 P

no in the morning

LIME1987 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/14/12 12:41 P

I don't mind working out at night, some times its best for me. I am NOT a morning person, but lately l haven't been able to sleep so I've been on my treadmill as early as 6 am, but on the days I can't I workout in the evening. It's easier for me because I can watch TV shows I've recorded throughout the day or watch my favorite sports. It keeps me focused, and I noticed once I get annoyed with my team loosing I tend to work a little harder and increase my level of activity.

GALINAZ Posts: 743
6/14/12 11:50 A

I get in the mindset that if I don't exercise in the morning I "can't" do it later, especially after 5:00 pm. It's like my mind is saying, "the workday is over, no more work". But I prefer the evenings and need to shake the notion that working out at night doesn't "count".

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6/14/12 11:39 A

I prefer the late evening, after dinner and other chores are done -- before I start my next round of "work". Mornings are too hectic and rushed. Plus, I sleep better if I exercise at night.

Edited by: JBENSOUS at: 6/14/2012 (11:39)
KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
6/14/12 11:03 A

I'm a morning person myself.

STEPHARLO SparkPoints: (7,038)
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6/14/12 10:44 A

For years, I tried working out in the morning because that's when everyone says you should, and I hated it. I tried working out right after work because that's when lots of other people do, and I didn't really love it. It felt like some amazing epiphany when I realized I could work out at night. I love it! I'm not stressing about all the other things I need to do for the day, because they're already done or waiting for tomorrow. The gym isn't crowded. I have more energy than I do either in mornings (I'm NOT a morning person) or after work (I feel drained then but get my second wind by gym time). I usually work out from 9-10:30, then sleep like a baby when I hit the pillow around midnight. I'm usually up til midnight regardless; I like that I'm doing something way more productive with that time than watching tv.

LDMCNIEL Posts: 168
6/14/12 10:31 A

I was exercising when I got home from work but it started to take up too much of my family life, so now I try and get it in during my lunch hour at work.

NANHBH Posts: 15,360
6/14/12 10:10 A

No, too many distractions or tiredness can interfere with an evening workout. I prefer to workout in the morning. I do enjoy riding my bike after dinner in the evening, but that's just an extra bonus to the morning workout.

ELAINEROSE5 Posts: 447
6/14/12 10:06 A

I wake up at 5 for work, so have no time to exercise, but even if I did have time, I don't know that I would exercise in the mornings. I don't feel that great in the morning and have a hazy mind and stiff body, Even at my job, I perform better in the afternoon than I do first thing in the morning, so I love working out in the afternoon/evening and my gym is open 24 hours. Believe me, not many people are there at night! It may not be the preferred way, but it works for me and that's what everybody needs to figure out. What works for them!

Edited by: ELAINEROSE5 at: 6/14/2012 (10:08)
PATHGIRL1 Posts: 114
6/14/12 9:48 A

If I don't get my exercise done before I go home, it most likely won't happen. Unless it's the first thing I do when I go home. There are just too many things I need to do when I go home - make dinner, walk dogs, etc. etc. I find it difficult to w/o after dinner, plus later in the day I just get too tired and the motivation is lost

TANETA SparkPoints: (14)
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6/14/12 9:27 A

I prefer mornings to make sure it is done and life will not get in the way during the day.

CROWLEY123 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/14/12 9:23 A

I do like to work out - almost any time of day - but I find that if I work out after dinnertime, which is around 7:00 PM for me, that I need more time to unwind and relax enough to go to sleep. So, if I do work out late, I stay up late. But I'm OK with that.

DDEJONG SparkPoints: (0)
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6/14/12 9:00 A

Thanks for asking the question. I see many runners in the morning and around dinner time. Rarely do I see runners at night, which I consider starts at 9:00 pm. I run and lift about every other night from around 10:00 pm or later. In the morning I am too stiff and groggy, but as the day progresses I am of course more awake and become more limber. After work, my evening schedule is pretty full: help make dinner, have dinner with wife and kids, do chores, run errands, taxi kids here and there, etc. ...and by the time all is said and done and the kids are in bed and settled down, its 10:00. I have my best runs and most vigorous work outs at this time. Like others mentioned, I have no problems falling asleep and its always a good, sound sleep.

Edited by: DDEJONG at: 6/14/2012 (09:24)
HARDROCKER1 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/14/12 8:49 A

The classes at our Y that I dearly love are only offered at 5:30-6:30pm and I am not a morning person by any means, but am trying hard to change that and get on a more consistent routine. I have read somewhere that exercising in the evening actually makes one burn a few more calories than in the morning due to body temperature raising in the evenings, so you sweat more/burn a bit more. Someone correct me if that is totally false.

The only thing I don't like about evening workouts is I have kids who need to have supper, bath, and bedtime at 8pm or so and I am really crunched for time to get all that in when I get home from class around 6:45. I am having to prepare meals before my classes and reheat them when I get home. If my classes were just an hour earlier, I would love it.

I do enjoy my morning workouts when I can get my lazy butt out of bed to get there on time. But I do think I work out harder in the evenings than in the mornings.

Blessings, Michelle

GOOSIEMOON SparkPoints: (237,589)
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6/14/12 8:36 A

I prefer AM workouts.

TURNINGTABLES21 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/14/12 8:36 A

Morning at first light is my preferred time, and I used to just skip the workout for that day if I didn't exercise first thing. I have changed that now and will exercise any time of the day. Spark People has motivated me to change my "morning or nothing" habit!

LEARNINGWITHLIZ SparkPoints: (20,646)
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6/14/12 8:35 A

At times I do, but then I can't fall asleep as I am wired!

JESSIHOVER1 Posts: 602
6/14/12 8:10 A

I think anytime you exercise is good, however for me mornings are the best. If I get a good workout in the morning I just do better all day!

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6/14/12 7:44 A


6/14/12 7:09 A

During the week I workout in the evening but on weekends I do it in the morning. I do notice that when I workout in the evening I sleep much better.

SUSANK16 Posts: 2,635
6/14/12 7:09 A

Hate it - never happens.

RUSSTHESKIGUY SparkPoints: (3,762)
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6/14/12 4:10 A

I don't feel like I have much energy in the morning so prefer to lift at night. However, working very late has resulted in a lot of nights at the gym from midnight to about 1:30 am. I still go becuase I need to lift, but I don't think that late is exactly ideal. The one advantage is the gym isn't very busy so I can usually have access to whatever equipment I want. Last night was a good night because I finished by 12:30am. I know some people can't sleep right after exercising but after a very hot 10 min shower to decompress, I fall asleep pretty quickly.

6/14/12 3:35 A

Ya, When the kids are sleeping, and i have the time for myself, I am a night person emoticon

THIRTEENREASONS SparkPoints: (40,741)
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6/14/12 2:36 A

Night for sure. I feel like I'm more warmed up and it's nice to just reflect on the day and what happened, rather than spend my time thinking about what I have to do. Also, if I workout in the morning I feel rushed because I still have stuff to do... but at night I can just take however long I need.

ELLI20 Posts: 4,467
6/14/12 12:29 A

I prefer exercising in the morning as well, but might go for a walk at night.

CICELY360 Posts: 4,140
6/14/12 12:25 A

I prefer exercising in the morning, but I'll do it at night if I have to.

6/14/12 12:15 A

I exercise in the mornings after I feed my daughter breakfast, and after I have something small to eat. I like to shower in the AM, so exercising at night wouldn't do me any good. I like to get exercising over with for the day so I can enjoy the rest of my day without having to worry about fitting it in..and it makes me feel good the whole day knowing I got my exercise in. The evenings are my relax time, not "get up and go" time.

ONLINEASLLOU SparkPoints: (73,365)
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6/13/12 11:39 P

I'm another one that exercises right after work. I've never been a morning person.

For me, it is work ...home ... exercise .... shower .... dinner .... "me time" .... bed.

SKINNYPAT62 Posts: 7,750
6/13/12 4:32 P


6/13/12 4:16 P

I prefer the evenings. I sleep much better! emoticon

SPOORK Posts: 1,193
6/13/12 2:53 P

Evenings definitely work better for me both schedule and performance wise.

TEEN_MOMMA SparkPoints: (0)
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6/13/12 2:40 P

I work from home as a freelance writer and I'm so not a morning person.. I don't get much work done until night time, when I start getting sleepy. I exercise right before I need to get to work because it helps give me an energy boost.

GRRARRGH SparkPoints: (33,430)
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6/13/12 2:02 P

Not really, but I don't do well trying to force myself out of bed early, either, so I usually end up working out at night. The biggest problem with it is that by the time I leave the office, my arthritis has had time to make itself known and the night time workouts seem to be a little less effective for me. I love to workout in the morning on the weekends, but I just can't make myself do it during the week. Plus, I don't have any interest in running in the dark, so during the fall and winter I wouldn't be able to do anything but the treadmill in the morning anyway.

FLUFFYWOOL SparkPoints: (1,939)
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6/13/12 1:57 P

Late evening is the best for me, schedule-wise, but I don't like it. Sometimes it messes with my sleep, and sometimes I feel like my entire life revolves around going to work and working out, since there are only short chunks of time between work/gym and gym/bed. I've tried doing mornings, but it's hard for me to keep it up consistently, so I suck it up and do evenings anyway.

TF_CLAYTON Posts: 402
6/13/12 1:10 P

I love it it helps me sleep.

VRS8440 Posts: 4,016
6/13/12 12:42 P

Not really

6/13/12 12:25 P

First thing I do after work. Around 6-8pm at night. Helps me sleep better since work gets me all hyper, and I am definitely not a morning person!

DRKYASHI Posts: 1,693
6/13/12 9:16 A

Generally, not past 7pm -- keeps me awake!

6/13/12 6:48 A

Night is when I take my last walk of the day, so yes, I love it.

KCLARK89 SparkPoints: (44,366)
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6/13/12 6:17 A

For me, it depends on what time I work in the morning... I like to get up and get my workout done then because I'm on my feet outside in the sun all day (until 7pm or so) so I'm pretty wiped out (and hungry!) when I get off of work.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
6/13/12 2:40 A

My bed and I are kinda co-dependent, especially in the mornings. It is better for both of us if I go to the gym straight from work. I have no trouble sleeping.

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (78,769)
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6/13/12 2:25 A

In the morning before breakfast, I don't have much energy. I get my energy after breakfast. So before breakfast any exercise that I do is lousy at best. Many times I have tried, and always it has been just lousy. After breakfast, though, I don't really care what time of the day I exercise, it all is the same. Since I am at work up till evening, I usually end up exercising in the evening or even at night. Night time exercise has the added advantage of a reduced possibility of night time snacking. I am typically more interested in water than food after exercising, and later I go to bed usually, so often there is no time to even think about snacking.

Edited by: MPLANE37 at: 6/13/2012 (02:29)
JENNI_X Posts: 238
6/13/12 1:41 A

I have to work out in the morning and streight after work, otherwise it gets too late and I won't get any sleep.

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6/13/12 1:05 A

I'm definately not a morning person and I also suffer from insomnia. When I get some cardio at night I usually sleep better.

MCFHARPIST SparkPoints: (62,106)
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6/13/12 12:36 A

Conventional wisdom says that it's best to exercise in the morning, but I have found that for me, evening exercising seems to work better. And I sleep really good.

How about you?

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