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As they say, fitness is 50% sweat and 50% consistency. You can’t have the body you want if you only work out when you feel like it.

But for many people, their inconsistency often boils down to being unable to find a schedule that works for them. So in this week’s newsroom post, we tackle one of the most common questions we get from people: Should you work out before or after work?

Morning exercises can be a great way to start the day.

The Pros

Fresh as a Daisy

Your body is like a fully charged battery after six to eight hours of sleep. As such, you have more energy to lift heavier weights, run an extra mile, or do more yoga poses than you would after a full day at the office.

Fewer People at the Gym

Few people are willing to wake up an hour or two earlier just to sneak in a morning workout–a fact you should take advantage of. With the gym practically empty in the morning, you have free reign of all the available equipment and facilities. No more waiting in line for people to get off the treadmill!

More Energy and Mental Focus

Exercising can stimulate the release of endorphins, which can improve your mood and energy levels throughout the day. Plus, it can also improve mental acuity for up to 10 hours after your workout. Taken together, these two benefits will make you more productive at work.

Blast Fat Fast

Exercising on an empty stomach (a.k.a fasted training) forces your body to use its fat reserves, allowing you to lose weight more efficiently. If you want to trim your body fat levels, a pre-breakfast workout might just be what you need.

The Cons

Not for Night Owls

Fact: not all of us are morning people. For night owls who call it a day at 2AM, waking up at 6AM to hit the gym just isn’t feasible.

Longer Warm Ups Needed

As Dr. Jason Miller says in a piece for Levo.com, “While we sleep, our [spinal] discs swell with water, making them extra fluffy and more adapt to herniate or ‘slip’ if performing high spinal compression exercises like the back squat or repeated spinal flexion exercises like rowing…It takes about an hour or so for those discs to get back to normal. So for the early exerciser who likes to hit the weights hard, getting up even earlier to ensure spinal health is important.”

A Bit Rushed

At the back of your mind, you’re always thinking, “Am I going to finish exercising in time for work?” As a result, you tend to rush through your routine, which affects the quality of your workout and increases your risk for injury.

Might not Fit Your Schedule

A BPO employee’s schedule can be very unconventional. If your shift starts at 4AM, you probably can’t work out before heading to the office.

Stressed after a long day? An evening workout might be the solution.

The Pros

Take Your Time

Now that the workday’s over, you can take all the time you need to perform your workout. Hence, you can focus more on the quality of your workout, including hitting or beating your personal record.

Release Stress

Had a particularly rough day at the office? Exercising after work is a great way to blow off some steam. In fact, many people say that working out is a great way to center themselves after a long day.

Helps You Sleep Better

Studies show that people who lift weights closer to bedtime enjoy better sleep quality and duration than those who did the same exercise in the morning. If you have trouble getting good sleep, burning off some excess energy may prove helpful.

Better Conditioning

Since you’ve already eaten a few meals by now, your body is well fueled for exercise. And as the day progresses, your body temperature drops; this makes your muscles more flexible, which leads to increased power and performance during workouts.

Gyms are usually jampacked in the evening, and you’ll have to wait for others to finish before you can use a certain equipment. All that waiting will make your workout sessions a bit longer, so add a bit of wiggle room to your schedule.

The Cons

Everyone Works Out After Work

Gyms are usually jampacked in the evening, and you’ll have to wait for others to finish before you can use a certain equipment. All that waiting will make your workout sessions a bit longer, so add a bit of wiggle room to your schedule.

You Might be too Tired

Depending on the type of job you have, you might be too physically or mentally drained to power through a workout. You might find yourself struggling to muster the strength and focus to finish those last few reps.

Excuses, Excuses

The later in the day you schedule your workout, the more excuses you’ll have to skip it: the traffic was terrible, you had to pull over time, something came up at home, etc.

Gym Might not be Open 24 Hours

If your gym isn’t open 24/7, you’ll have to finish your workout before closing time. In essence, you’ll be facing the same time pressures as people who exercise before work.There’s really no right or wrong answer to this quandary. Our suggestion: try both options and see which one works best for you.

Also, don’t be afraid to change your schedule if the need arises. If you have an early meeting, you can always exercise after work. In the end, what matters more is allotting time for fitness each and every day.

What Should You Do?

There’s really no right or wrong answer to this quandary. Our suggestion: try both options and see which one works best for you.

Also, don’t be afraid to change your schedule if the need arises. If you have an early meeting, you can always exercise after work. In the end, what matters more is allotting time for fitness each and every day.



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