Is it more beneficial to exercise in the morning or in the evening? Here’s what one Sea Island fitness expert has to say.
By Allison Emery
An old proverb states, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” But does that hold true when it comes to working out?
According to Brandon Loewen, personal trainer, fitness instructor and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist at Sea Island, consistency is king rather than time of day. “If you find a time of day that you enjoy exercising, you are more likely to stick with your exercise routine and reach your fitness goals,” he says.
For this fitness guru, that means getting started first thing in the morning. “I personally enjoy getting my heart rate elevated when I first wake up,” Loewen says. “An invigorating run on the beach or intense session on the indoor cycle gives me a boost of energy that kick-starts my day.”
Loewen says it’s also important to listen to your body’s needs. “Since my body feels at its strongest later in the evening, I can put the most energy and effort into my strength training routine,” he notes. “On days that I do not strength train, I like to end my day with a walk with the dog and an easy foam roll or yoga session. This helps me unwind after a busy day of training and be prepared for the next day.”
He adds that whatever time of day you choose to exercise should be when you have the most energy, as that is when you will see improved performance over time: “For some individuals, this could be first thing in the morning, or for others, this could mean in the evenings after your body has had plenty of time to ‘be awake.’ ”
For those who are unsure of what their exercise routine should look like, the team of fitness professionals at Sea Island are passionate about helping people reach specific goals, whether it’s improved performance, weight loss, building muscle or relieving any lingering joint or muscular pain.
“If you already have a fitness routine and would like to monitor your progress toward your fitness goals, set up an appointment for a 30-minute fitness assessment, which includes an InBody fitness scan and consultation with one of our trainers,” Loewen says.
Whether your preference is dawn or dusk, Loewen suggests eating a small snack prior to working out such as a granola bar, a smoothie or anything with a healthy mix of protein, fat and carbohydrates. “Just like you would not go on a long road trip without first putting gas in your car, your body needs calories to sustain your energy levels during your workout,” he notes.
What it all boils down to is to pick an optimal time and get sweating, whether it’s soon after waking up or returning from work. There’s only one person who knows which routine is right—and that’s you.