I've always preferred training in the morning. I feel it sets me up for the rest of the day.   If I leave it till after work things can come up or fatigue can set in, affecting the quality of the workout.  Chtourou & Souissi showed in their Literature Review: The Effect of Training at a Specific Time of Day (2012) that whilst aerobic performance is equivocal in the morning and afternoon, anaerobic performance has a greater peak performance in the afternoon. The underlying causative reason for this isn't know however the body's circadian rhythm or body's clock was thought to be a factor.

It was noted that regular morning training saw an increase in morning performance and therefore it seems more the consistency of training at a similar time was more important than the actual time itself. This is likely explained by altering the body's circadian rhythms through consistent training.

Exercising in the morning before work has many benefits such as:

  •  Better hormone levels in the morning such as testosterone

  •  Improved metabolic rate throughout the day

  •  Endorphin release resulting in a better mood during the day

  •  Better productivity throughout day

  •  Improved sleep

So first and foremost do what allows you to be the most consistent because that will be the most effective strategy for you to reach your goals. But if time is a limiting factor and you're busy maybe getting it done first thing is for you. There are many benefits that can help not only your fitness but the rest of your day too.


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