Happy Monday, everyone!
My name is Hannah Miller. I am a senior set to graduate from the University of Central Oklahoma in May with a degree in exercise science. For the next four months or so, I will be interning with the exercise physiologists here at WeightWise. For my first blog, I’m going to discuss the topic of exercising in the morning versus exercising later in the day.
Many people ask the question, Should I exercise in the morning, or can I exercise in the evening and receive the same benefits? Most people will answer that question by saying morning workouts are better for reasons such as kick starting blood flow to increase alertness and focus throughout the rest of the day, being able to exercise on an empty stomach so you won’t be as sluggish during your workout, etc. There are many theories as to why exercising in the morning is the best way to go, but is there any actual research on what time of the day is best for exercise?
According to a study conducted by a team of researchers from Appalachian State University, exercising in the morning helped adults sleep better at night. This study is compelling, although only 9 subjects were tested which is not a sufficient study sample. The Huffington Post suggests that morning exercise will help you make smarter food choices throughout the day due to the fact that you begin your day with a healthy mentality, and that exercising in the morning will help boost your metabolism throughout the day to help burn fat from food more efficiently.
Regardless of this information, I have found for myself that I much prefer afternoon or evening exercise sessions. It helps boost my energy when I hit that 2 p.m. wall so I can finish the rest of my day strong and focused. If I exercise first thing in the morning, I tend to have a hard time making it all the way through the day without wanting to take a nap. It’s also a huge plus that I don’t have to get up an hour or two earlier than usual because, as a night owl, I truly cherish my sleep. Although these things may be true for me, they may be different for another person. Ultimately, you are the one who should decide what time of day exercising is best for you. If you are not a morning person, yet you make yourself exercise early in the day, you may become resentful towards working out or quit exercising completely. If you are a morning person, more power to you! So, do some experimentation with your workout! Try exercising at different times of the day to see what works best for you.
Have a healthy week!