Evening workouts: What to consider?

  • Trying to work the work-out into a busy schedule is one of the reasons I started with DailyBurn.

    For several reasons, working out in the evening is optimal for me -- But I've seen quite a few people comment on other posts about their morning workout, and I have co-workers who work out during their lunch hours.

    Is there anything specific I should consider when working out in the late afternoon / early evening?

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  • 11 votes
    kdaigle  over 2 years ago by: kdaigle

    I think the most important thing is recovery from your workout. You have to do your workout when you have the time to eat something for recovery without it completely messing up your day. For some people, at night works best. For others, its the morning. Personally, I tend to do my best work after work (around 5 PM). I get to de-stress from my day, eat something in recovery, and still have a good dinner.

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    gwynneshoaf  over 2 years ago by: gwynneshoaf

    I've read several articles that emphasize the benefits of morning workouts (you've consumed less calories so far, it energizes you for the day, etc.), but that doesn't fit my schedule either. Like you, I typically work out in the late afternoon or evening.

    The main challenge is managing your nutrition so that you refuel your body without eating something that will sit heavily on your stomach for sleep or spoil your supper.

    I'm no expert, but I think any time of day that you can regularly fit a workout in your schedule is the best time. Good luck with your Daily Burn!

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    arnthorla  over 2 years ago by: arnthorla

    I actually prefer working out in the afternoon.

    The only thing I find to be a problem for me when I work out, close to when I go to sleep, is that I can have a difficult time getting to sleep. This is especially true if the workout was intense.

    But all in all I don't see no inherent fault with working out late. The body will probably adapt to your schedule in a few weeks, if you have problems. The main thing is to get in the workout in spite of everything else. ;)

    And the take away point in what I am trying to say, is that the body will adapt to what ever time you chose to work out at, given that you get proper rest and nutrition.

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    codemonkey2841  over 2 years ago by: codemonkey2841

    I'm with you! I work out as soon as I get home from work and right before I eat dinner. It gives me a chance to unwind a little from work and gets my metabolism going right before I eat dinner.

    As many others have said so far, ensuring that you get a proper recovery is essential to working out in the evening.

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    AWNR  over 2 years ago by: AWNR

    Thanks for the feedback, peeps! Really appreciate it :-)

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    kawaiola  almost 2 years ago by: kawaiola

    Working out in the mornings used to be great for me -- I was energized, they gym was empty, and it was a motivating start that helped me stay on track the rest of the day. And I loved that once work was over, it was all cruise from then on :) But getting up at the crack of dawn could only last so long, lol!

    Lately I've been doing a lot of evening workouts. Usually right after work, or sometimes a 7pm group class. For me the hardest part was figuring out how to eat around that schedule -- making sure I could fuel up properly before the workout and recover properly afterward without interfering with the diet/eating schedule I'd already established.

    Another important thing was finding the motivation -- sometimes, at the end of the work day, I just want to go home, shower, and relax -- so it isn't always easy to get pumped for a workout then. I've been doing little things like wearing some of my workout gear to the office, so it's as easy a transition as possible from there to the gym. And coming into the office a little early so I can leave a little early to bit the traffic and rush of people hitting the gym after work.

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