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5 Reasons to Exercise in the Evening

If you tend to exercise in the early morning before work, more power to you. But if you're looking to mix things up, try working out in the evening. Here are some reasons why:

  • You'll have more time to devote to your workouts, since you won't feel rushed to have to make an appointment or get to work.
  • Other people are usually free at this time, so you'll be able to have a motivating workout buddy.
  • Dinner is over, so you'll be fueled up already and have energy to move. Plus, exercising after eating will curb your cravings so you're less likely to snack before bed.
  • If you work out at a gym, this time of day is usually less crowded, so you won't have to wait to use equipment.
  • It'll help you clear your mind so you can have a restful night of sleep.

Fit's Tips: Try to make your workouts end at least an hour before you plan on hitting the sheets, otherwise you may be too wound up to fall asleep.

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DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 9 years
I definitely prefer working out in the morning - it keeps my evenings free in case my friends want to grab dinner! One thing to mention, though, if you do your workout outside in the evening, make sure to check the air quality if you're doing it around rush hour (which is about 4-7 here in Atlanta) - you don't want to inhale all of the pollutants from the road!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I can't work out at night because I would be wired all night if I did that. I like to get my workout over and done with before doing the rest of my daily stuff.
Mmmarshmallow Mmmarshmallow 9 years
"If you work out at a gym, this time of day is usually less crowded" ...? Seriously? At all of the gyms I currently go to, and all gyms that I have previously been a member of, the gym was CHOCK FULL of people in the evening - right from about 4:30pm until closing. [basically, Fit, I'm disagreeing with this point - but I agree with all of the others!]
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
The end of the day works better for me than the morning especially considering the fact that I'm not exactly a morning person.
hottpink hottpink 9 years
I usually am a morning work out person but my schedule has changed so now I have been working out in the evening. How long should you wait after eating dinner to run? I feel so sluggish if I have a full tummy....even if I have waited and hour after I eat.
amygem amygem 9 years
I usually eat dinner at around 6 and work out around 7:30. I just can't drag myself out of bed early enough to do it before work.
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I work out in the evening because I'd have to get up at 4am to exercise in the morning and that isn't going to happen! I go between about 4:30 and 6 which is when everybody else does but oh well!
michlny michlny 9 years
I always go to the gym right after work before dinner. It's such a great way to leave work behind, get all the stress out and have a wonderful evening!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I like to work out right after work, but every once in a while we go later. The gym is busy around 60ish, but if you go closer to 8, barely anyone is there, which is always nice. But we usually stick with our routine
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 9 years
I run/work out right after work, then eat dinner, then relax the rest of the night, myself.
erdiva528 erdiva528 9 years
I think it's better to run in the morning. It motivates me to keep up with my running and strength training when I have school or an appointment. Plus, my gym is the opposite. It's busier in the evening since everyone is getting off work.
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