Would love to be able to say morning but I can barely force myself out of bed in the morning much less work out. Since I am off school for the summer it has been afternoon but when I go back to work it will be evening.
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8/11/11 5:46 P
This is has been on my mind lately, but I think I've ultimately decided to stick with afternoon workouts. I like the idea of working out in the morning, but find that I really don't have that much to give after I've been fasting for x hours (while sleeping). So, I've ultimately decided that afternoon workouts are ideal not only because I'm able to give more energy to them, but also because they combat my need to take a nap during the afternoon lull that is a part of everyone's natural circadian rhythm. I hope this has been helpful... Best, GCGARZA
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8/11/11 5:38 P
Morning would be better but lately it's been evenings
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5,627 8/11/11 4:58 P
I much prefer working out in the afternoon/evening, but I work out in the mornings. Why? Because if I do it during the day or evening I inevitably have to miss out on something else (business lunch, errands, meeting up with friends, dinner with the parents, etc etc etc). The gym is worth the priority, but I hate saying no to other things. I am NOT a morning person, so I might get less of a workout. But I'm consistent with it. If you can manage the afternoon consistently then it's better IMHO!
Some research feels that it is best to work out in the morning because your body is supposed to be more prone to losing weight. They say this because your body has been burning calories all night while you sleep and by working out in the morning you are causing your body to burn even more.
Personally due to being a teacher I can't work out in the morning, the gym doesn't open that early. So I work out in the evening an I have noticed that I am still losing weight. I think you have to do what is best for you. If you feel that you had more success with afternoons then I say go back to that.
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8/10/11 9:00 A
I prefer working out in the morning, because it ensures that I actually DO it before the rest of the day gets in the way! I think the most important thing is that you find a time that works for you and that you can consistently set aside for exercise in your day. I'm not sure if one is better than the other for losing more weight!
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I use to workout after work, but found that weather, work, chores, etc. kept getting in the way. About 3 months ago I started getting up at 5:00a to walk/run and I love it. I have more energy during the day, I'm getting in my exercise 3-4 times a week and I'm sleeping better. Sometimes I even get a workout in the evenings which is a bonus. I don't stress if I miss a morning because I know I have another opportunity in the evening.
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295 8/10/11 8:34 A
I definitely think it is the sleep think too. I also feel like I actually worked out when I did it in the afternoon. When I do it in the mornings I feel like I didn't do a thing all day when I get ready for bed. So I will definitely try to squeeze the afternoon workout back into my work schedule.
This test was AMAZING!! :) I already knew I was an evening person, but this confirms it. Also, it told me what I could do to help waking up earlier easier. You are a life saver.
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8/8/11 2:35 P
Both depending on energy level and so I make sure I am not rushed through my workout
8/8/11 2:30 P
I agree with everyone else - what's best for weight loss is what works best for you. It'll be different for everyone depending on how much energy you have and how much time you have to devote to working out.
About 3 weeks ago I started splitting my workouts into 2 and it makes fit into my schedule much better - I do about an hour of cardio in the morning 3x per week and I do my weights workouts in the afternoons. This way I get home earlier to cook dinner and prep food (lunch & snacks) for the next day. Also I find I can push myself more during cardio and weights since I have an 8 hrs break in the middle.
But that's what works for me. If your schedule changed and you can't workout in the afternoon I like a previous person's suggestion to do shorter, more intense workouts in the morning. Or maybe you can squeeze that kind of workout into the afternoon if it takes less time. Good luck!
I took this quiz that is supposed to help you determine your circadian rhythm. I've always preferred to work out mid afternoon, and this quiz helped me see that's probably my preference because of my natural sleep patterns. It's the middle quiz that shows up on the page: http://cet.org/eng/Tools_ENG.html#
I incorporate both. I always set my alarm as if I am going to do my morning workout- depending if I am sore, or dead tired I snooze, pack my gym bag for a afternoon workout. If I am well rested AM workout it is! WORKS OUT GREAT FOR ME!
Afternoon works much better for me. I use the early morning prior to work to prepare my lunch and snacks for the day. I also do as much prep work for dinner as I can. That way, when I get home from the gym, preparing dinner is less of a chore. I've tried the early morning, but just cannot get woke up or motivated. I also find that getting a few chores done in the a.m. helps to get my mind off what I need to do once I get home.
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6,741 8/8/11 1:41 P
The one that works best for you is the one that YOU can do consistently. I am not a morning person, so getting up an hour early to get to the gym didn't work for me. I'm much more consistent in going if I go after work.
During the week I prefer mornings, I go before work. I have tried going after but I never stick to it. I thought I would have a hard time waking up but after I got adjusted to getting up at 4:30 every morning it's been easier to go to bed earlier too. Weekends I schedule the gym around my other activities but it's no later than noon.
I agree with everyone else do what feels right for you.
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61 8/8/11 12:59 P
I know that people say working out in the morning is best because it brings you energy for the day....boosts your metabolism...gets it out of the way before you can make excuses. But, here's my take. I'm JUST too tired. I know that you do burn more calories when your body is tired because it takes more energy to keep it moving, but I feel like I get a crappy workout. I just can't put in the effort that early.
That being said, I think you should do your workout WHENEVER you are most likely to be able to continue it. If mornings are too tough, then do afternoons. It's all about consistency!
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8/8/11 12:47 P
I think you should switch back to the afternoons--if it was working for you, and mornings don't seem to be as productive, then something about the afternoon workout must just fit for you. Maybe the sleep issue? I work out in the evenings, and only occasionally work out in the morning. As long as you continue to work out, you should see benefits, whether morning or afternoon.
Face the difficulties head on--in avoiding them, we often create bigger problems to deal with in the future!
Neither for me - I workout in the evenings. Usually between 6:00-7:00pm.
You can't wait for motivation to strike; sometimes you need to dig deep into yourself and find the motivation on your own.
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488 8/8/11 12:11 P
I haven't seen any science show that morning or afternoon workouts burn more calories. More often than not, one is more beneficial for a particular person because that person excels in either a morning or afternoon workout--but not both. Better effort = better result. But that varies from person to person.
I doubt I'll ever be a morning runner; my body just doesn't wake up soon enough to perform acceptably. And I'm fine with that. Like you, I have way more energy in afternoon workouts. Hell, my peak is the early evening. Great results doing that.
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101 8/8/11 7:03 A
When I work out in the mornings, I feel more energized throughout the day but like others, I found myself eating a bit more than usual. Also, I don't have as much energy when I start my workout as I do when I exercise in the afternoon so I don't give it my all. I now skip the morning sweat sessions and work out when I get home from work.
8/8/11 7:03 A
I prefer mornings but during the workweek I go to the gym on the way home in the evenings.
Two things could be giving you trouble. One is getting too little sleep, and the other is lower intensity. If I were you, I would try to go back to an afternoon workout: why did you have to switch to mornings? If you can't go back to afternoons, maybe you could do a shorter, more intense workout in the morning so you don't have to get up so early. Or try going to sleep an hour earlier.
Whenever you can work out is a good time. I find that if I workout in the morning I get it over and done with, but I am hungrier through the day. If I workout at night I am more likely to skip because I'm tired, but my eating is more consistant.
Just my pros and cons
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8/8/11 3:21 A
What's best for getting the most weight loss. Morning time or Afternoon? I was working out in the afternoons and I loved it, I had energy and motivation. With this I have also done very well in losing at least a pound a week. Since I had to switch to mornings (early mornings) Like 4 am workout. I have not lost any weight. I do the workout but not like I did in the afternoons. Does any one have advice on this ? ANy help would be GREAT!
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