You keep hearing that the best time to work out is in the morning and that every successful person in this world wakes up before everyone else and they spend the first few hours of the day working out. While for some the early schedule works, for others it’s not as easy to hop out of bed and pop by the gym before work. If you are a part of the second category, here a few benefits you can enjoy when exercising in the evening:

Your sleep will not be affected

There is a common belief that training in the evening can lead to insomnia. Well you can forget about this idea as this is only a myth. In fact, it will help you to sleep better. According to a new research evening workouts (even HIIT workouts) will not impact the quality of your sleep. The study shows that the participants slept the same number of hours in the night, when they work out in the evening, as they would if they would train in the morning. The research also demonstrated that the ghrelin hormone (responsible for your appetite) is reduced while working out in the evenings. So, you will definitely feel less like over eating in the evening.

The work out in the evening can help you destress

During the day, you can build up stress and anxieties, which in time can make you feel overwhelmed. The best way to combat these negative feeling is through a workout. And what better time to release the stress, then the end of the day. You can go for a high intensity training to release the stress, or you can go for a boxing session and even a yoga class can help. Just find out what works for you and go for it.

Your mornings will be less stressful

If you don’t have to wake up so early in the morning to pack up your gym bag, and then squeeze some time for your work out before running to work, your mornings will be more enjoyable and less rushed. You will also have more time to have a proper breakfast so you can fuel up for the day.

You will have time to socialise

Morning workouts tend to be rushed and less chatty. You hit the gym, workout for 30 minutes, hit the showers and the straight to your office. While it’s efficient, it doesn’t give you much time to socialise with others. Whether it’s talking with your instructor to improve your techniques, or just talking with someone about a new workout. If you choose to go to gym in the evening you will have some more time to chat and even find a workout friend to motivate you to achieve better results.

You can work out harder for longer

A lot of workout timing research focuses on your mind, but it turns out that your body may be most ready later in the day. One study found muscular function and strength peaks in the evening hours, in addition to oxygen uptake and utilisation.

Tricks to help you stick to your evening workout

Only good news for people who are not into morning workouts. The only question now is how do you stick to an evening training routine? Here are a few tricks:

  • Don’t rely on willpower, it doesn’t work at the end of the day, especially if you had a stressful one and you feel like crawling into bed. Instead of just thinking that you might workout out if you feel like after work, you should schedule your workouts and actually commit to it. 
  • Find a time slot for your workout which would limit your chances for excuses. This means that you could schedule your workout straight after work. In this way, you avoid any other after work activities and you stick to your plan. 
  • The third trick is to find something that motivates you to go for the evening workout. Think why this is important to you - do you want to get in shape, feel better, live longer, feel happier? Finding why it’s worthy to you will help you chose the evening workout over any other plans.
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