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Working out before bed: same burn?

AlyssaPetsDogsAlyssaPetsDogs Posts: 421Member Member Posts: 421Member Member
I love how good I feel when I work our first thing in the morning and I feel like I keep burning calories throughout the day per my Apple Watch. However, I’m just struggling to get up in the morning. I’m thinking of going back to nights for my weekday workouts (usually right at 6 when I get home but sometimes as late as 9 pm). It doesn’t affect my sleep, but I tend to eat after my workout especially if I go right after work. Am I missing any sort of benefit from working out later than earlier? I eat most of my calories in the evening anyways.

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  • zebasschickzebasschick Posts: 51Member Member Posts: 51Member Member
    same burn.
  • dloewen17dloewen17 Posts: 27Member Member Posts: 27Member Member
    My routine is exactly like what you’re wanting to shift to. Because of my work schedule I workout between 7-10 in the evening. Afterwards I shower and eat my dinner which is normally close to 1,000 calories and then hangout for a bit before bed. I’ve lost all my 40 lbs of weight doing this and I’m a couple pounds from ultimate goal weight. Some people say the food digestion at night interrupts good sleep but I’ve slept incredibly well plus I don’t like going to bed hungry. I think one big benefit to working out late is your muscles instantly get 8-10 hours of recovery before they have to be used again.
  • raven56706raven56706 Posts: 877Member, Premium Member Posts: 877Member, Premium Member
    anytime you workout is the same. there is no difference. just the same as mixing up workouts. Body doesnt care what you do, as long as you do it.
  • LyndaBSSLyndaBSS Posts: 3,085Member, Premium Member Posts: 3,085Member, Premium Member
    Work out when it best suits your schedule and you are most psyched to do it.
  • ccrdragonccrdragon Posts: 2,318Member Member Posts: 2,318Member Member
    Same effort = same burn, regardless of when you do the work.
  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Posts: 36,555Member Member Posts: 36,555Member Member
    I love how good I feel when I work our first thing in the morning and I feel like I keep burning calories throughout the day per my Apple Watch. However, I’m just struggling to get up in the morning. I’m thinking of going back to nights for my weekday workouts (usually right at 6 when I get home but sometimes as late as 9 pm). It doesn’t affect my sleep, but I tend to eat after my workout especially if I go right after work. Am I missing any sort of benefit from working out later than earlier? I eat most of my calories in the evening anyways.

    Thanks!

    The timing of your workout has nothing to do with your energy expenditure...your effort, mass moved over distance, etc is what determines your energy expenditure, not the time of day.

    ETA: I typically have more energy in the afternoon/evening and would likely have a better workout in regards to energy expenditure in the evening...but I do my weekday rides early in the morning. For one, the heat of the day in the afternoon/evening often derails my best laid plans to go ride...also, *kitten* happens during the day so I like to get things done first thing. I'm definitely burning more calories in the AM actually going on my ride vs PM when I'm far more likely to skip it.

    I don't really workout or ride for calorie burn though...I do it because it's really good for my overall health and well being and an early morning ride just sets the tone for the day.
    edited August 5
  • kimny72kimny72 Posts: 13,328Member Member Posts: 13,328Member Member
    I love how good I feel when I work our first thing in the morning and I feel like I keep burning calories throughout the day per my Apple Watch. However, I’m just struggling to get up in the morning. I’m thinking of going back to nights for my weekday workouts (usually right at 6 when I get home but sometimes as late as 9 pm). It doesn’t affect my sleep, but I tend to eat after my workout especially if I go right after work. Am I missing any sort of benefit from working out later than earlier? I eat most of my calories in the evening anyways.

    Thanks!

    I just wanted to add that I am also someone who has more energy/time in the evening but sees benefit in working out in the AM - I found even just taking a brisk 5-10 minute walk in the morning can help with my energy throughout the day. So I try to just get up 10 minutes earlier and take a quick walk before getting ready for work. Then I do my workout 3 or 4 days a week when I get home in the evening. Just something to think about :smile:
  • NorthCascadesNorthCascades Posts: 8,954Member Member Posts: 8,954Member Member
    MikePTY wrote: »
    I recently met with a nutritionist and she said its always best to work out in the morning before you eat. She said that the food you eat from the prior day (the left over stuff that turns to fat) will burn off when you exercise. I am loosely quoting her as I have no clue how it all works. This was just something we discussed. I prefer to work out at night due to having more time; however, I am going to try to start working out in the mornings to see how it goes. Best of luck :)

    I suggest you no longer see that nutritionist. Your body burns calories 24 hours a day. Your weight loss will be based off of your body's total calorie deficit, regardless of the time you eat or workout.

    I do almost all of my workouts in the evening. I attend a martial arts class from 7-830 at night. I still get all the benefits from exercise at that time. The only thing to watch out for with nighttime exercise is being able to sleep afterwards. Personally, exercise pumps my adrenaline and I need to do it at least a handful of hours before sleep. So late night workouts like 10-11 o'clock usually keep me up to 2 in the morning. But if that doesn't affect you, than there is no reason not to work out at night if it is more convienent.

    My doctor suggested not eating too much soy because of leaky gut syndrome. Otherwise she's an excellent doctor, who goes above and beyond, even got me a discount I want eligible for once when I was between jobs. I think you have to accept some degree of woo, it seems like everybody in anything related to health has at least one nutty belief. So I try to look at it on balance.

    I'm not disagreeing with anything you say, just sharing my thoughts. This is basically nuanced agreement. The time of day stuff is woo. You're always digesting food you ate in the past, morning noon and night.
  • TerythaTerytha Posts: 787Member, Premium Member Posts: 787Member, Premium Member
    The only difference I noticed, and your mileage may vary on this one, is that when I used to do martial arts from 6-9pm, I would occasionally have trouble sleeping that night. Leftover adrenaline, maybe?

    And lack of sleep is not ideal for weight loss. But I don't think it made a huge difference tbh.
  • emmies_123emmies_123 Posts: 346Member Member Posts: 346Member Member
    I love how good I feel when I work our first thing in the morning and I feel like I keep burning calories throughout the day per my Apple Watch. However, I’m just struggling to get up in the morning. I’m thinking of going back to nights for my weekday workouts (usually right at 6 when I get home but sometimes as late as 9 pm). It doesn’t affect my sleep, but I tend to eat after my workout especially if I go right after work. Am I missing any sort of benefit from working out later than earlier? I eat most of my calories in the evening anyways.

    Thanks!

    If you love how you feel in the mornings, is there anything you could do to streamline the process? I have been working out first thing in the morning for a year and I still slipped last week =/

    Normal routine: get up, put on workout clothes, start workout video bookmarked on pc. Bookmarks are labeled by week and day so no thought needed.

    Last week: Computer died Sunday night, and that entire week I didn't work out. I didn't have the discipline to randomly find a video, as my bookmarks were gone with the dead computer. Just having to put in that extra little thought was enough to trip the seesaw from workout-ready to meh

    PS - rebuilt my workout bookmarks on our laptop over the weekend and went back to working out this morning. Back on track!
  • bobsburgersfanbobsburgersfan Posts: 1,607Member Member Posts: 1,607Member Member
    kimny72 wrote: »
    OP, the best time to work out is the time you will be most willing and able to consistently do it. Even if there were a slight price to pay exercising in the PM (though it sounds like there's not), Consistently working out at 6PM and burning 300 cals each time is better than intending to workout at 6AM and sometimes burning 325 cals but other times burning 0 because you don't make it :wink:
    This is a great point right here! Most of my life I was under the assumption that you should exercise first thing in the morning (I think primarily because of family members who only ever did morning exercise). I am not an early morning person, and I always fizzled out because after a couple of weeks of getting up early, I'd want the sleep more than the exercise. I finally developed a consistent exercise habit when I tried an after work schedule. I've been consistently working out in the evenings for about 5 years now, 4 or 5 days per week. If I had kept trying mornings, I'm pretty sure I'd be working out 0 times per week. :) Of course, this is me and everyone works differently, but if you're struggling to get up I think it's worth trying evening workouts. If it's not any easier or if there are other problems with it you can always switch back.
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Posts: 11,516Member Member Posts: 11,516Member Member
    If your morning exercise makes you bouncy-energetic for some time afterward, and you'd otherwise be groggy/sleep-walking through those hours without the workout, then it's possible that you get a very little bit extra of daily-life calorie burn via your morning workout. (Relax, readers, I'm not inflating the value of EPOC. I'm just a before-noon groggy person, so recognize that things that speed the wake-up can have an effect on AM energy and activity.)

    But Kimny's right:
    kimny72 wrote: »

    OP, the best time to work out is the time you will be most willing and able to consistently do it. Even if there were a slight price to pay exercising in the PM (though it sounds like there's not), Consistently working out at 6PM and burning 300 cals each time is better than intending to workout at 6AM and sometimes burning 325 cals but other times burning 0 because you don't make it :wink:

    That AM bounciness won't offset the compliance issue she describes.

    If you get some extra bounce from exercise, but prefer doing your main workout late, consider trying a 5 or 10 minute wake-up routine of a few calisthenics exercises or a very short brisk walk, to see if that will perk your AM energy level.
  • littlegreenparrot1littlegreenparrot1 Posts: 142Member Member Posts: 142Member Member
    Have you tried different types of workout?

    I have very specific preferences. A walk, run or swim in the morning makes me feel energised, positive, sets a tone. I feel the good vibes.
    I cannot cope with classes, loud music, people, instructions etc. Anything that requires actual thought happens after work.

    I think of it as being mornings for mental health, evenings are for the hard yards, because it's good for me stuff.
  • amandakesslersamandakesslers Posts: 171Member Member Posts: 171Member Member
    The answer to this question differs from person to person. Some people feel really energized after a workout, so it's hard to fall asleep, while others feel tired and get really good sleep. The best thing to do is just to try it out and see if it works for you. As for if it's better for you, they are both about the same and will give you the same results. I found this article that goes over the pros and cons of both: https://www.openfit.com/is-working-out-before-bed-a-bad-idea
  • shewhoismanyshewhoismany Posts: 62Member Member Posts: 62Member Member
    If you workout in the morning, endorphins and a sense of accomplishment can make your whole day seem better but it won't effect your calorie burn. I like my happy-brain so I go for a walk in the morning but since exercising helps me sleep I do a real workout in the evening. The moral of this story = Whatever works for you, works.
    edited August 9
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