Mail Time!! Volume 12– Russ, Should I Be Working Out At Night or First Thing in the Morning?
I hope you all are getting excited for a fun off-season. Part of the fun for me and my racer and non-racer clients is to set goals for improvement in certain area and use the extra time without as much racing to achieve them. I will tell you that the biggest improvements physically are always made during the winter months. There are just less distractions. Racers Workout is a popular item right now because it makes a great gift at only $97. The special thing about Racers Workout is it is tailored for maximum impact and gain in the shortest amount of time expended. The off-season need not be a time to overwork. Make it a time to intelligently work. Grab your risk-free copy here.
Now for today's Mailtime!! It's from a Racer in Georgia. He wants to know the following:
I want to make sure I get my workout in regularly. I've tried to work out in the evening after dinner and I've tried to work out before work early in the morning. Which do you think is best for best results?
Matt, Georgia USA
Way to be sticking with it like you are. Consistency over the long term is one of the keys to seeing measurable improvements from your workouts. There are different schools of thought on which is best. My belief is that there is no general rule that applies to everyone. On the other hand. I do believe that there is a best time for the individual. The trick is that what is best for the individual might not be the same time each day. A lot of it really depends on feel at the time. We are aware that there are often times when we'd rather not do it at all. So do it is the key. Let's look at the pros and cons of early morning and night workouts. Understanding this will allow you to make that day's choice.
--Your body is sufficiently warmed up after a full day's activities
--You are fully awake and nourished
--You are very often working out in environments with a lot of people where in the morning you are often alone
--Studies show that strength workouts are often more effective as far as amount of weight a person can lift at a later hour.
--a good workout can often really help you relax and sleep great
--The act of waiting until evening often means you will be very tired by then and this causes you to talk yourself out of working out
--There are more distractions at night. People wanting you to do other things, sports on TV, our favorite TV program
--The fact that we didn't workout earlier hangs over our day. There is this sense of dread thinking about it
--get up, get at it, and you are done. This is a great feeling of comfort and accomplishment
--Cardio is often easier because you have a mostly empty stomach. At night this often isn't true
--You are more alert throughout the day after that early workout.
--Often times it promotes sleep deprivation. Proper rest is important to maximize results from working out
--The day's events make the schedule very tight. What often happens is the workout is abbreviated and not as thorough as at night when you have more time generally
--Injury can be more of a concern because you aren't properly warmed up and usually tighter after a night's sleep.
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