This is why I run in the morning:
- Morning exercisers are more likely to actually work out than late-day athletes.
For me, working out in the morning means getting it out of the way. I can rest on my laurels the rest of the day. Best of all: I don’t have to worry about fitting in time after work.
That being said, pretty much all evidence indicates that working out in the afternoon is more beneficial than working out in the morning.
Why? It’s better to exercise in the afternoon because your core body temperature is highest in the afternoon. This means you’re faster, stronger, and have better reaction time in your afternoon workouts. (Note: afternoon is defined generally as between 4pm and 7pm.)
Interestingly, most running world records have been set during afternoon competitions.
However, morning athletes at far more likely to actually do their workouts than afternoon athletes. To me, that’s more important than the marginal gains to speed and efficiency.
I work out in the morning because I like the consistency. I won’t be interrupted by other obligations that might pop up during the day.
No matter what happened the day before, I’ll always have my run in the morning. It’s a chance to start over, and start fresh.
Also, sunrises are gorgeous.
If you’re an elite athlete for whom small percentage gains will make or break your performance, work out in the afternoon. If you’re like me, and you aren’t about to break any world records, you can pretty much work out whenever you want to.
Takeaway: For those interested in improving performance, afternoon workouts are best. For those interested in actually getting their workouts done, morning workouts take the cake.
Do you prefer morning or afternoon workouts? Why?