So a few weeks ago I wrote a post; 6 Reasons to Workout in the Morning. I still stand by all of my reasons, and there’s no avoiding the fact that I will always be a morning person. However, with the winter drawing in and the hours of sunlight getting shorter, I have found myself fitting in my daily gym session in the evening instead. What’s more, I’ve actually been really enjoying it and getting a very productive workout done.
Because of this, I thought it might keep me motivated to write down list of 6 Reasons to Workout in the Evening for those dreary days when I start talking myself out of a good training session because it’s too cold, too dark or too exhausting.
6 Reasons to Workout in the Evening
1) It stops you spending money
If you leave work at 4 or 5, or even 6pm, there’s still plenty of time left to enjoy the evening. It’s all too tempting to say yes to that weekday after work drink, or just to pop by the shops on your way home to pick up some comfort snacks. You might even go home and turn on your laptop for a few hours of binge-online-shopping. If you devote that time to the gym instead, not only are you making gains, you’re actively avoiding spending any money that you could (or should) be saving.
2) You can work off the day
There’s no avoiding the fact that some of the best workouts are done when you have some pent up anger to be taken out on the punchbag/dumbbells/squat rack/machine of choice. Venting your anger this way is a productive and for the most part, healthy way of using up any excess adrenaline. Just don’t let it become an addiction!
3) You Sleep Better
I wouldn’t advise going to the gym right before you’re about to go to bed, because the endorphins and chemicals that get released after exercise will still be buzzing around, making it difficult to sleep. However, if you go for a workout straight away after work, you’ll have plenty of energy to go home, cook some dinner and prepare for the next day. By the time you get over your post-exercise high, you’ll be ready to go to bed and will probably fall asleep as soon as your head touches the pillow.
4) You can get social
Let’s be honest, not very many people want to wake up at the crack of dawn to trek to the gym with you. In the evening however, you might find more people that are eager to get a session done, try out a new class or just have a chat on the treadmill. Small-group training with friends is a very popular way at the moment to increase your daily activity at the same time as getting in all the gossip!
5) You’re not time-restricted
Sure you probably don’t want to work out all night and there’s probably a point at which you need to say to yourself; “I need to go home now”. However you don’t have to worry that if you do that extra set, take 10 minutes to cool down or have a quick abs blast at the end of your session that you’ll be late for work. You also won’t need to put on your office/work clothes after your workout- you can just shower and pajama it up. Much more comfortable!
6) You get to lie-in in the morning.
Do I need to say more?
When do you workout and why? I’d love to hear in the comments!