Morning or evening: we finally know the best time to do a sports session.
When is it more efficient to do your workout in the morning before starting the day or in the evening after a busy day? We have the answer.
The Best Time To Practice
Regarding the heavy task of doing your workout, two teams oppose each other: the morning one boosts your energy and sets the tone for the pace of the day to follow, and the evening one prefers to practice your training after work. Yet there is a more appropriate time than the other. And it’s L’Usine, our favorite gym in Brussels, that reveals which one.
Benefits Of Morning Workouts
Sports take place in the morning because there are more benefits:
The best time to do sports in the morning is between 6 and 8 o’clock when cortisol (stress hormone) is at its highest. The latter boosts the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats by transforming them into energy spent during sports.
If the goal is to lose a few extra pounds, exercise in the morning is a better idea. The reasons? Once awake, the biological clocks program themselves for the rest of the day. And by practicing a sports activity in the morning, we stimulate the metabolism. High metabolism consumes more calories. In addition, physical activity in the morning reduces appetite; the good point is to limit snacks synonymous with weight gain.
Keeps You Fit
Exercising early morning is also a good way to get in shape for the rest of the day. We will also feel serene thanks to the release of endorphins, the hormones of well-being. Another advantage: the morning workout promotes sleep in the evening.
Check out our blog, “Yoga Routine For Better Sleep“.
Training in the morning is also recommended when preparing for a competition. By training early, you improve your performance and gain physical strength. The morning sports activity also allows you to warm up your muscles, which are still numb.
Best Time To Eat When Working Out
Not eating lunch before your workout is not recommended, as moving on an empty stomach increases the risk of discomfort and injury. It is therefore important to eat before going for a sports session. On the other hand, it is not advisable to eat immediately before training at the risk of feeling bloated, nausea, or being a victim of vomiting. An hour before going to the sport, the best is to take a light snack that will be taken into account during the meal “after sport.”
Check out our blog, “How to find the perfect pre-workout snack“.