Is it better to go to the gym in the morning or in the evening?
For many people, due to work, commitments, family and various tasks, carving out a moment to carry out physical activity in total serenity is complicated. Often and gladly in fact we resort to the extreme moments of the day between them: morning and evening.
But when is it preferable to go to the gym or simply exercise?
Let's start by analyzing the pros and cons of the first moment of the day, namely the morning. It is now known to all, thanks to numerous scientific studies, that carrying out physical activity in the early morning has a long series of benefits on the body.
As a predominant element we find the fact that we induce the body to burn more fat than sugars thanks to the fact that the latter are exhausted during the night fast.
Furthermore our metabolism will be incredibly accelerated, but not only during training, but throughout the day. This will allow us to burn more calories.
Especially if our training involves both mechanical stress dictated by weights and aerobic work.
As a third significant element we find the heating of our body. In fact, it will increase its body temperature throughout the day thanks to the activity of the morning allowing us to perceive less the cold during the winter seasons. This element is also supported by numerous studies.
Another point in favor of the gym in the morning, especially on an empty stomach, is determined by the hormonal peak of GH that occurs during the night. In the morning, by not raising the glycemic peak, we will be able to positively take advantage of the high level of this hormone to train very intensely.
Unfortunately, however, not all people are able to wake up and be able to carry out activities immediately, more out of habit than for other circumstances perhaps, but it is difficult to find the energy to go to the gym.
For some, it also has a negative effect as it can take away energy for the rest of the day. All in all it is very subjective and the pros and cons vary from person to person.
As for the gym in the evening, we can immediately deduce that doing activities after work, or in any case at the end of our working day, can help us eliminate the stress, the accumulated nervousness and to free the mind by concluding everything with a nice shower. hot.
In addition, people who do rather sedentary work find it tremendously beneficial to go to the gym in the evening.
First of all, however, we must pay attention to the time in which your business is carried out, of whatever type it is. In fact, after a certain time, which we establish around 20 in the evening, it is not recommended to practice sports. The reason is very simple: the adrenaline and the excitement of training could negatively affect the quality of sleep.
Another element to the detriment of working out late is the fact that you could get exhausted in the gym, risking not to make the workout productive, increasing, even if slightly, the risk of injuries.
From a biological point of view, a study by “The Chrolobiology International” has shown that the excellent time to train is around 16 pm. This is thanks to the peak production of enzymes for muscle activity.
In conclusion, we note that there are plenty of elements for and against the two moments of the day. The argument could go on further but the certainty of the subjectivity of the situation remains.
Each of us, based on experiences and above all habits, adapts more or less well to external stimuli. There are those who in the morning manage to have immediate energy with which to dispose, those who find it more in the evening.
Many mental coaches simply suggest to train when we can and want. In fact, they advise us not to be influenced by meals, sleep or other elements that can distract our attention from the true final purpose.
We just have to learn to listen to our body and mind and understand when it's best for us to go to the gym.
Often and willingly we look for excuses as simple alibis behind which to hide. But we try to isolate everything that can be counterproductive to our end.
The training, the gym, in any case will make us feel good, better than before. If we have the time and the desire to do it well in the morning, we will enjoy the benefits that derive from it. If, on the other hand, we prefer to do it in the evening, no problem.
We always remember that our body is very habitual, consequently, when we give a certain regularity to our activities, it also prepares itself in such a way as to make us perform at our best. In the end, it's all a matter of habit, consistency and listening to ourselves.
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