Morning exercise vs. afternoon exercise


Ever wondered if the time of day you choose to exercise could have an effect on your motivation level and the results you stand to achieve?  We could tell you that you must only exercise in the mornings, but it might not work out for you because our lives are all different. Here is what you stand to gain from exercising at different times. 

Morning exercise
It is sometimes easier to stay committed to a morning exercise routine because there are less distractions to sort through first thing in the morning, as opposed to later in the day. Other advantages of exercising in the morning include: 
- Developing stronger self-discipline, which is likely to come in handy in resisting bad food choices. 
- You’ll feel more motivated if you check off such a big item of your to-do list before you even head to the office. 
- You will use the ‘’afterburn effect’’ a.k.a excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) to your advantage as you continue to burn calories throughout the day when you are eating, instead of at night when you are sleeping. 

Afternoon 
If you can’t exercise in the morning, it’s not the end of the world. Afternoon exercise has its benefits too. These include: 
- Less interference with your daily tasks and responsibilities. Plus you’ll be able to sleep longer in the mornings. 
- Great stress relief after a hard day at work or school.
- Your muscles will be warmer as your body temperature is higher in the afternoons than it is in the morning. This will leave your muscles more flexible.

In conclusion
Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and the benefits for your health are limitless and remain valid whether you exercise in the morning or evenings. You might want to read this blog post on walking vs running to see which is better. 

Sources
http://www.oprah.com/health/how-the-time-of-day-affects-your-workout/all 
https://makeyourbodywork.com/benefits-of-morning-exercise/ 
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/27/when-to-exercise_n_3982906.html 
https://www.verywellfit.com/the-best-time-of-day-to-walk-and-exercise-3432463