The best time of day to prepare for a workout is one that you can consistently commit to. Each person is different. The “right” time depends on factors such as lifestyle, body type and preference.
What’s wrong with working out during the day?
During the day, most of us are most likely to be distracted by phone calls, emails or text messages. By doing morning workouts, it is less likely to be interrupted therefore, it will be easy to follow the workout easily.
It is known that physical activities improve mood by reducing stress. This happens due to the fact that the brain makes more endorphins called “feel-good neurotransmitters”. By doing morning physical activity these transmitters will make the person feel a sense of accomplishment and to be optimistic during the day.
Benefits of early morning workouts
According to Iwayama et.al. (2015), early physical activities may be the best way to lose weight. The study was found that 24 hours of fat burn was highest when the workouts were done in the morning before breakfast.
By doing workouts in the morning may control the appetite. It is known that exercises help regulate appetite by reducing ghrelin also known as the hunger hormone and also increase satiety hormones (Hanlon et.al., 2012).
According to Gomez et.al. (2015), morning workouts lower the risk of type 1 diabetes. The study shows that morning workouts presented a lower risk of hypoglycaemic events compared with afternoon workouts. Researchers believe that an important role has cortisol because it controls the blood sugar level.
A morning workout may help with the body’s hormonal fluctuation and more exactly with cortisol level. Cortisol or ‘the stress hormone’ is the hormone that keeps a person alert and awake. Usually, the cortisol level increase in the morning and decrease in the evening. If there is too much or not enough, of the hormone, there may be complications.
Exercising early in the morning will boost energy and reduce fatigue. The nutrients and oxygen will travel towards the lungs and heart which will improve endurance and cardiovascular system.
The British Journal of Sports Medicine (2019) found that morning physical activities improve concentration therefore a decision will be easier to make as well.
It is known that physical activities reduce blood pressure. A study made by Collier et.al. (2014) showed that morning workouts are the best when they control hypertension. The same study also showed that people got better sleep on the days if they exercise at 7 am. This is due to the fact that the body is exposed early in the morning to daylight which helps to increase the melatonin levels during the night.
It is important to do physical exercise at the time of day that works best for you, however, different times of the day may be best for different types of exercise. It is important to do daily exercises for a healthy life.