The Case for the Nighttime Workout

night walkIf you get up early enough, you’ll see the sidewalks and tracks filled with morning warriors, jogging off the calories from the night before. But the problem is…well, getting up early enough. Let’s face it, we aren’t all wired to hit the pavement at 5 am.
That said, is there really anything wrong with working out at night? Let’s take a quick look at the common claims against it:

  • It can affect your sleep patterns–Many people think that reving things up late at night will make it more difficuly for you to calm down and get to sleep. But the truth is that thee is no solid data on this. In fact, a quick internet search will yield results both supprting and refuting this claim.
  • Exercising in the morning jump starts your metabolism–It sounds goodoos right? But in reality, that boost can come at any time of the day, and gradually fades. Here’s a great explanation of it.

Reasons Working Out at Night May Be Right for You


It’s possible that a nighttime workout just makes more since for you.

1. It’s a great way to wash away the stress of the day. A long day of work followed by a commute in rush hour traffic can make it difficult to unwind after a long day.

2. It may be a better fit for your body’s natural rhythm. If you’re naturally more functional at night, trying to force yourself to workout in the morning may hurt more than help, throwing your body off its natural pattern.

3. If you like it more, you’ll stick with it. I’ve seen it time and time again. Someone who isn’t a morning person setting herself up for failure by saying “tomorrow I’m going to wake up at 4:30 and run!

4. You have more food in your system to fuel your lifts. If you’re lifting, you aren’t going to have as much energy flowing in the morning to make those big lifts. But if you eat right throughout the day, you should have the chemical fuel necessary to put the weight in the air.

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