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NFT: Do you prefer working out in the morning or night?

SFGFNCGiantsFan : 8/16/2019 11:44 am
Translation: before work or after work.

I usually workout after work, but decided to hit up the gym this morning & feel much more energized, sharp, & 'on', if you will, than I usually do. I might try to make this a habit.

If you workout, when do you do it?
Morning  
bradshaw44 : 8/16/2019 11:49 am : link
Hands down. Changes your whole day. After work it's hard to get in as good of a work out. Coming off a fresh nights sleep is the best time for me.
Either right in the morning  
Eli2020 : 8/16/2019 11:49 am : link
Or during lunch. My work has showers, so it makes getting my miles in easy to do and a great break from work.
I always prefer the morning!  
Fred-in-Florida : 8/16/2019 11:49 am : link
Like you said I seem to be sharper and more awake when I do. Plus I find to many excuses for later in the day
love what working out in the morning  
bigbluehoya : 8/16/2019 11:51 am : link
does for my day, but my cardio performance is ridiculously better at night.

I try to mix it up.
Morning, but today I tweaked my back lifting weights  
debo_GIANTS : 8/16/2019 11:51 am : link
Now Im hurting.

It is difficult to get my body warmed up for a 5am workout these days.
I like to work out  
superspynyg : 8/16/2019 11:53 am : link
around 9:30/10 am on my off days.
When I am working I don't workout since I put in a 12 hour day. I may run a mile when I get home if its not too hot (which it is).

6-8 PM  
Route 9 : 8/16/2019 11:56 am : link
EST
I used to be a late night guy  
TurdFurguson : 8/16/2019 11:57 am : link
Switched to 6:00 AM. It does change your whole day. And I find myself getting better sleep as a result.
since fasted cardio or training does nothing, i do both  
GMAN4LIFE : 8/16/2019 11:58 am : link
sometimes at night and sometimes in before work. i only do mostly night workouts because i rather sleep more. my bus is at 6:30 so i would have to work out real early.
I run at night on our local (paved) trails using a headlamp  
FranknWeezer : 8/16/2019 11:59 am : link
And have done so for over a decade. It just works for me. Without giving TMI, if I 'jostle' and exert myself like that in the am, I'm going to be looking for a tree to hide behind. My body just works that way. So night it is, for me.
Morning is way better  
UConn4523 : 8/16/2019 12:05 pm : link
my schedule hasnít allowed me to do that in quite some time but I plan on going back to it soon. You feel better during the day and after a long day at work the last thing I want to do is go workout. Between my kid and making dinner itís also not really feasible.
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arcarsenal : 8/16/2019 12:10 pm : link
Morning is ideal for me. I just don't always manage it. But, I find that the longer I put it off, the less likely I am to work out at all - work stuff just starts to overflow, then it gets late fast and next thing I know, I just don't have the time.

There's just something about being up early and doing something productive that makes the entire day better. The older I get, the earlier I want to be up each day. In my 20's, I wanted to go out late, stay out late, and wake up late. I'm the polar opposite now. I'm ready to leave bars and social events by the time I used to arrive at them.
Morning definitely  
ATL_Giants : 8/16/2019 12:12 pm : link
But the morning has more competition for my time.

-kids need lunch made
-dogs needs a walk
-Dare I enjoy my coffee
-practice some music
Mornings in the summer.  
Ryan in Albany : 8/16/2019 12:12 pm : link
Evenings in the winter.
Morning.  
Ryan : 8/16/2019 12:15 pm : link
The act of simply getting from the bed onto my feet is the hardest part. Makes the day seem twice as long and feel less edgy.

When I was big into weights in my younger years I always liked that 10AM-Noon slot. Always felt stronger after I was awake for a few hours and had gotten some calories in me. Oddly I always had some of my best lifts a day after drinking and sleeping in on a Sunday morning.
Before  
Les in TO : 8/16/2019 12:17 pm : link
Work is my preference but not always feasible with two young kids and desire to sleep well. Considering a peloton
Being over 60  
Peter from NH (formerly CT) : 8/16/2019 12:17 pm : link
my body looses up over the course of the day. Late afternoon, evening is best for me. Although I have been swimming in a lake every morning and that is OK because it is a very different type of activity.
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arcarsenal : 8/16/2019 12:18 pm : link
Side note and sort of related.. I just got the Peloton bike. I always thought the commercials seemed a little dramatic, but it turns out the only thing dramatic about it is that most of the people who buy the bike probably aren't riding it in some multi-million dollar home overlooking picture-esque scenery.

The sweat is very real, though. I haven't sweat like that in a long time. After a 30 minute / 8+ mile ride or interval training, etc.. you're literally covered from head to toe and can wring out your clothes.

It's expensive, but it's motivating and worth it - I think I'll get a ton of use out of it. I'm already kind of looking forward to getting back on it this afternoon. The financing options also soften the blow a bit since you can spread the payments out over different periods of time.
Peloton is great  
bigbluehoya : 8/16/2019 12:26 pm : link
lately I've been trying to ride 3x per week with 2-3 days of weights.

I'm fortunate in that I have access to a free and very nice gym at my office, so my only expense is the bike.

Some people like to dismiss the bike out of hand based on the cost, but when you factor in resale value of the bike and what it can replace in terms of memberships/classes, it breaks down to a monthly cost over time that really isn't unreasonable.

Not to mention that the average American's spending on things like exercise and diet are probably too low as a percentage of their income.
morning for sure  
GiantNatty : 8/16/2019 12:28 pm : link
it's done, not hanging over my head all day, feel like i accomplished something, the brain feels fresher and more awake for the rest of the day, and it increases the metabolism all day.
RE: Peloton is great  
arcarsenal : 8/16/2019 12:36 pm : link
In comment 14532134 bigbluehoya said:
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lately I've been trying to ride 3x per week with 2-3 days of weights.

I'm fortunate in that I have access to a free and very nice gym at my office, so my only expense is the bike.

Some people like to dismiss the bike out of hand based on the cost, but when you factor in resale value of the bike and what it can replace in terms of memberships/classes, it breaks down to a monthly cost over time that really isn't unreasonable.

Not to mention that the average American's spending on things like exercise and diet are probably too low as a percentage of their income.


No doubt - I actually think when all's said and done, the cost isn't crippling; but a lot of people turn their nose at it at first glance and dismiss it out of hand.

It's just a much more immersive experience. When I used to have a gym membership I would just get so unbelievably bored on the bikes/ellipticals/treadmills to the point where I just avoided them altogether and did nothing but lifting/strength stuff.
Morning ....  
Beer Man : 8/16/2019 12:38 pm : link
always been an early riser, and it seems to be the only waking time of day that no one is making demands of my time.
Evening for me  
Oscar : 8/16/2019 12:48 pm : link
Have the most energy and itís a nice way to reset after work. Mornings I want to just get on with things.
Working out in the morning is my only option.  
Brown Recluse : 8/16/2019 12:55 pm : link
I enjoy it but after a while I think I'd like to switch it up.

Morning hands down. Sets the tone for the day.  
j_rud : 8/16/2019 12:55 pm : link
Its tough, we have a 6 yr old and a 6 month old. To get it in I gotta get up at 4:30 and I'm not perfect, and lately I've missed some days depending on whats going on with the little guy during the overnight. But I feel much better and am generally more productive.
Will be getting a Peleton  
UConn4523 : 8/16/2019 12:57 pm : link
once the house is done. Looking forward to never going to a gym again.
I try to work out in the mornings  
nygiants16 : 8/16/2019 1:08 pm : link
but i just cant, i am a night workiut guy, i can take a pre workout at 8pm wprkout for an hour and a half, dribk a post and be in bed by 11 no problem
Morning  
Bubba : 8/16/2019 1:11 pm : link
done by 8:00am Sets the whole day.
I seem to work out in the morning  
sshin05 : 8/16/2019 1:11 pm : link
during the summer and after work during the winter. But i'm going to try to do it in the mornings from now on.
Spin every morning and sometimes in the  
RDJR : 8/16/2019 1:22 pm : link
evening. Itís addictive. I road cycled for years as a younger man and this is as close as it gets inside. Probably do 2xs a day 4 days a week, otherwise in the morning.
Morning  
Steve in ATL : 8/16/2019 1:35 pm : link
or lunch. Hate to work out after work.
BBI Peloton crew...  
GMAN4LIFE : 8/16/2019 1:37 pm : link
#GMAN4LIFE on the peloton.

Definitely afternoon/Early evening  
Cap'n Bluebeard : 8/16/2019 1:42 pm : link
I used to compete in powerlifting and my workouts are always shit in the morning. I generally feel exhausted for the first hour or two after I wake up no matter how well I sleep so my training tends to be much better in the evening.

It also doesn't help that I teach at a high school and have to be there at 730am so I would need to get up at 4:30/5 to get my workout in, shower, and get here on time. On the plus side, getting home at 415/430 means I can work out before dinner and still have enough time to take care of house or yardwork if I have the energy.
I've only taken up bodyweight training for the last 3 weeks or so  
Moondawg : 8/16/2019 1:44 pm : link
so I'm not that experienced, but I think it will stick. I can work from home much of the time, right now, I like to get in a few hours of work, then work out from 11:30-12:30, then shower with a shake for lunch.
Late morning.  
5BowlsSoon : 8/16/2019 1:49 pm : link
Being retired allows me to start my day slowwwwwwwww. Enjoy my coffee and daily Bible reading before I get online and browse.
RE: Definitely afternoon/Early evening  
Les in TO : 8/16/2019 2:21 pm : link
In comment 14532199 Cap'n Bluebeard said:
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I used to compete in powerlifting and my workouts are always shit in the morning. I generally feel exhausted for the first hour or two after I wake up no matter how well I sleep so my training tends to be much better in the evening.

It also doesn't help that I teach at a high school and have to be there at 730am so I would need to get up at 4:30/5 to get my workout in, shower, and get here on time. On the plus side, getting home at 415/430 means I can work out before dinner and still have enough time to take care of house or yardwork if I have the energy.
Iíve read that late afternoon is the best time for heavy resistance training or intense cardio due to your body temp and circadian rhythms. Early morning is fine for lighter cardio and lighter resistance training.
I prefer to  
phil in arizona : 8/16/2019 3:07 pm : link
work out late morning. I can do weights at night but cardio keeps me up.
RE: Will be getting a Peleton  
phil in arizona : 8/16/2019 3:10 pm : link
In comment 14532163 UConn4523 said:
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once the house is done. Looking forward to never going to a gym again.


You can do a lot with resistance bands too.
morning work out is best for me...  
Dan in the Springs : 8/16/2019 3:13 pm : link
not only gives me a great energy boost early, but helps me control my appetite throughout the day, and is a great reminder to eat better as well.

Also, working out later is tougher for me because the day can be unpredictable once it gets going. When I try to work out later in the day I often find myself running into "emergencies" at work or home which mean I'm cutting my workout short. By getting my workout in before anyone else is even up I don't have to worry about those things. This is especially true for weekend workouts where the family isn't even up and going until after I come home from a workout.

Finally, but staying disciplined to the morning workout routine I'm really good about falling asleep easily at night. Better sleep, better sleep cycles, better dietary choices, more energy, more consistency with my plan for the day, mornings are a big winner for me.
Peloton  
Peter from NH (formerly CT) : 8/16/2019 3:14 pm : link
+1
Morning definitely. Being over 70 I workout at the local senior  
Giants61 : 8/16/2019 3:42 pm : link
center 5 days per week. I participate in and lead muscle pump classes 3 days per week usually the first classes in the morning and two days per week I participate in medium impact aerobics. I supplement that with vigorous walking about 4 days per week.
After work  
jrdinsc : 8/16/2019 3:45 pm : link
My lifts feel slow in the morning. If I need to lift in the morning, I need a little caffeine and to be awake for 1-2 hours to feel somewhat normal. I have no idea how people can get up and be at the gym for a 5:45AM class.
Push ups in the AM  
flycatcher : 8/16/2019 3:47 pm : link
Lifting in the afternoon
Morning on the weekends  
Rick5 : 8/16/2019 3:56 pm : link
and night during the work week.
I am not a morning person...  
RC in MD : 8/16/2019 4:00 pm : link
Throughout my time in the military, early morning workouts were always my least favorite aspect of it. So I definitely prefer working out either in the middle of the day or at night.

In the past several years, I've worked out normally around 9pm after my kids went to bed. I'm also at work by 6:30am, so I would have to wake up super early to get there after dealing with my two younger ones (4 and 1 year olds) having sleeping issues in the middle of the time. I may do more mid-morning workouts on the weekend like track work, but most of the time 9pm is my workout time.
Prefer morning  
Jimmy Googs : 8/16/2019 4:03 pm : link
but doesnít always happen that way as daily schedule isnít always dictated by yourself.

If it is congrats and keep it a secret...
Afternoons for me  
Eman11 : 8/16/2019 4:27 pm : link
Fortunately I can set my own work hours so my gym days I'm usually in there between 1:00-2:00.

I need fuel to have an effective workout and even though I have a big breakfast, it's not enough to get me through. I'll have a mid morning healthy snack followed by lunch around noon, then an hour or so later I'm good to go.

It's perfect because at that hour my gym is not very busy and I can get a real nice hour workout in.

I work from home  
larryflower37 : 8/16/2019 4:43 pm : link
So it's easier to get up with the Kids at 6am hit email and any reports than to the gym by 8:30/9am .
This way after 5pm it's all family time.
Been doing it that way for a year+ 6 days a week.
I don't know if I could change to evenings at this point.
I just follow my kids around and clean up after them.  
Karl Hungus : 8/16/2019 4:56 pm : link
So I work out constantly.
Definitely afternoon.  
SuperRonJohnson : 8/16/2019 5:34 pm : link
Have to be to work at 630am. Get home by 230. Not many at the gym at that time.Put on the headphones get in my own world and work out. Perfect for me. I don't like crowds at gyms. Actually don't like crowds anywhere.
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