How to pick the best time of day for working out

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Are you a morning workout person or an evening workout person? People tend to fall into one of the camps, and there are definite pros and cons to both sides; here are just a few:

Pros of morning workouts

1. Get it out of the way

The battle begins and ends when your day has barely even begun. All you have to do is get up, pull on your gym gear, and get out the door. No need to spend all day dreading it or psyching yourself up, you can just go and get it done.

2. Mood-Booster

If you do wake up on the wrong side of the bed, the endorphins boost provided by the gym is a great way to shake it off. Go there early, and get yourself a cheerful start to the day.

3. Easier to fit into busier schedules

Most social activities don’t take place in the early hours of the day, which makes that a great time for working out, without ruining any evening plans.

Cons of morning workouts

1. Easily overtaken by sleeping in

If you aren’t a morning person, the idea of getting up earlier to jump around and stretch your legs is not going to appeal, and is definitely going to be one of those things you can easily snooze right through.

Pros of evening workouts

1. Easier to do with friends

Everyone knows that workouts with friends are more fun, and most people don’t have friends who want to get up at 5 or 6 AM to workout. Evening workouts give you a much higher chance of getting friends to come with you.

2. A good way to de-stress

At the end of a long day, or a day that has been an emotional roller coaster, working out is a great way to wind down and expend some pent up energy.

Cons of evening workouts

1. Easy to lose motivation by the end of a long day

2. Interrupts your schedule

Arguably the biggest con of evening workouts is that at the end of a long day it can be the last thing you want to do, or the thing you feel you don’t have the energy to do. You’ve got to be sure you won’t talk yourself out of it.

So which are you? And what pros and cons do you experience based on the time you work out?

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