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Early riser or night owl. Which workout suits you best?

Early riser or night owl. Which workout suits you best?

Whether you’re up with the lark or you’re more of a night owl might depend on when you get the most out of your workout. If you’re putting the effort in at some point of the day though, does it really matter when you do it?

If you can leap out of bed and seem fresh as a daisy before 6am then hats off to you, but a workout before the daily grind begins can be just a bit too much for most. The benefits of course mean that you have a full day of not worrying about fitting in a run or a gym session, because you’ve already done it. You can also feel very smug when your colleagues offer you a lunchtime doughnut, knowing that you’ve already worked the calories off!

The other advantage of an early morning workout is that you’re unlikely to see many other people working out with you. So if you prefer your own company or like to exercise unseen, then the crack of dawn is the perfect time for you.

A lot of people use a late evening session to unwind from the day. It’s a way of forgetting everything that happened at work, and can also lead to more restful sleep. The downside is of course that if you get a better offer of going to the pub or out for a meal, then your workout might suffer.

In reality, as long as you’re putting in exercise during the day, whether it’s in the morning or evening, then you’ll reap the rewards. It’s a personal matter as to when suits you best.

An early morning session will wake you up, just as an evening session can help you unwind.

Most gyms are open from early in the morning to late at night, so give both a go to help you decide what’s right for you. Let us know which one you find better!