When I started going to the gym regularly, I was still a student, so my gym schedule had to fit around my school schedule. This usually meant I’d work out during the day in between classes, so I was walking into the gym around 1pm or 2pm. Because the gym was at school and I had 90 minutes between classes to burn anyways, I very rarely missed my workouts. The trouble began when I left school and entered the workforce.
During a normal day at work, it’s difficult to find time to spend working out, even if the gym is located at your workplace and you have free time during the day. This meant either going in before work, or working out after my shift. I set the latter as my default.
Within a few months, I’d noticed that I wasn’t improving as much as I’d hoped. This was probably due to the fact that, at least one a week, I was skipping my after work sessions and just going home after a tiring day at the office. Some weeks, it was two or three sessions I was skipping.
This continued for a few years. It wasn’t until 2010 that I tried morning workouts. I’d tried them in the past, but not on a consistent basis. The change was immediately beneficial. I rarely miss my workouts anymore. Aside from being a great way to get myself going for a busy work day, I find the best part is after my morning workout, it’s done. I don’t have to think about it again until the next day.
The change has been so fruitful for me; I’d never even consider going back to evenings. That said, during hot stretches in the summer, it’s nice to have an evening run or bike and a shower and then go out and enjoy an evening on the patio. I find it helps me deal with the heat.
How about all of you? Does anyone find working out at a certain time yields unique benefits for them? I know a lady who works out at 9pm every night because she finds it helps her sleep.