There used to be a time when I had a lot of freedom to choose when I trained. At university I did a course that required minimal contact hours and this allowed me to try training at every single possible time of the day. Today, if anyone asks me when is the best time to train I recommend the morning and in this article I’m going to explain why.
#1 Start Your Day by Accomplishing Something
Most people work for someone else. This means you can be going to work everyday, working hard and although there is self development involved, most of your effort goes into benefiting those higher above you. It is important to spend time doing something for you and working out is one such thing.
If you train in the morning then before you have even begun your working day you would have already achieved something and that is a great feeling. I wake up at 5.15am in the morning to get to the gym by 6.15am and when I walk out the gym at 7.30am I feel a real sense of accomplishment. That feeling is great and it motivates me for the day ahead because I have already done something for me and my personal development.
The psychological perspective of training in the morning is one of the main drawing points for me. Get up early, get your workout done and start the day by achieving something for you.
#2 Do Not Disrupt Your Sleep
Training late at night can have a negative impact on your sleep quality. High intensity exercise increases your heart rate and stimulates your muscles. When working out your body often produces adrenaline to drive yourself through a workout and this can make it much more difficult to relax if you have worked out just an hour or so before getting into bed.
There is evidence to support this. North Carolina Appalachian University carried out a study where people worked out at 7am in the morning, at lunchtime and in the evening at 7pm. All participants had their sleeping patterns monitored and it was revealed that people who had worked out at 7am slept better and woke less than those who worked out at lunchtime or 7pm. This proves that working out late at night can have a negative impact on your sleep.
In addition, after working out you’re going to be hungry and this means you’re going to want to eat. If you’re working out late, then you’re going to end up eating later, and the process of digestion can also disrupt the quality of your sleep.
This is an even greater issue when you consider that good quality sleep is vital for recovery and muscle growth. A lack of quality sleep can hold you back in your pursuit of building muscle.
#3 Don’t Let Work Get in the Way
There was a time when I used to train after work, but as many of us know the 9am to 5pm working day doesn’t really exist anymore, and you can end up having to stay much later than 5pm, which could mean missing your workout. By the end of the day you will also be tired and it is at this point where your will power may be at its lowest and it is easy to put off your workout and just go home.
Working out in the morning means that it doesn’t matter if you have to stay at work late to finish of that piece of work your boss gave you at 5pm. You have already trained and are therefore far less likely to miss your workout. One of the most frequent excuses when it comes to not training is I’m too busy and work is normally to blame for this, but my tweaking your routine you can put your training as the first thing in your day and can prevent work getting in the way of your training goals.
The Best Time To Train
It is important to remember that everyone is different. I prefer training in the morning, but that might not be the best time for you and that’s okay. However, maybe some of you have been doing late night training sessions and may now see the benefits of making a switch and going to the gym before your daily commitments start.
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