Several studies suggest that it is important to exercise at least 60 minutes a day but when is the best time to work out? Some would say there is no difference if you plan to get into your running shoes in the morning or thinking of doing some dawn runs in your neighbourhood before finishing your cardio.

Here are the few benefits and challenges of working out in the morning and evening respectively.

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Advantages of morning work-out

Working out in the mornings not only helps to kick start your body for the day, but it also helps you to end the day better as well, by providing a better quality of sleep.

You will be consistent with your workout once you get the flow right.

Ideally, during evening workouts, we often engage in many distractions like what is our kid doing at home or what was the end result of that office meeting. In the morning,  you give yourself time to focus on your physical wellbeing.

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Working out early in the morning can help to increase your energy level in the afternoon. The human body performs at its best in the mid-afternoon, and studies have shown that an exercise routine in the morning could help to elevate this further!

Working out before breakfast may help the body burn fat more effectively, compared to an evening workout.

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Exercising at night

Studies show that exercising later in the day is much more beneficial as your bodily functions are at their best at this time – so you’ll have more energy and more strength for an optimal workout.

Your body temperature is highest in the evening with 20 percent more flexible muscles and joints at this time of the hour.

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Your metabolism and lung functions work best in the late afternoon/evening, so you would have more strength and endurance to last through your cardio workout session.