Cardio in the morning vs cardio at night?

DWW

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Well I do my 45 mins cardio in the morning to work on my weight.

I'd rather go at night though when the gym is less busy and my ex isn't there (she started going at the same time I do :()

I've heard people say that if you exercise when you wake up, before eating anything, that it is better for weight loss because it is burning "fat stores" as opposed to food you've just ate or something. Is this total BS?

Will I still do just as well with cardio at night?
 

Fausto

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I don't think it makes enough of a difference to put yourself out. Just work out when you have the time and you're a leg up on most people. ;)
 

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I don't do cardio to lose weight, but I notice a difference between going to the gym in the afternoon and at night. When I go in the afternoon I can get through my workout without a hitch, and I feel energized. At night my energy level drops off and I have a harder time getting through my workout.
 

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Originally posted by: DWW

Cardio in the morning vs cardio at night?
it's dark at night vs. light in the morning. :p

:roll:

depends on you . . . i am a "night-owl" by nature . . . i have my best work-outs late, b4 bed.

It is a MYTH that exercise before sleep is bad (for sleeping) . . . ;)
 

Amused

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The secret is to do it when it is most convenient AND comfortable for you.

The biggest risk here is quitting altogether, so make it easiest on yourself and do it when you like to do it.
 

DWW

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Originally posted by: Dissipate
I don't do cardio to lose weight, but I notice a difference between going to the gym in the afternoon and at night. When I go in the afternoon I can get through my workout without a hitch, and I feel energized. At night my energy level drops off and I have a harder time getting through my workout.

Yeah I noticed at night (when I've gone before) it was harder to complete the same workout.

Oh well I may keep at it in the mornings. Its just annoying to see my ex there all of a sudden. Being a smaller gym its impossible to avoid her too :(
 

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My gym is also empty in the early a.m. I find that if I don't go early, I usually will get distracted or sidetracked and then I don't go.

Any excercise, over time, will reduce your fat levels.

I think there was some research about early a.m. (pre-breakfast) cardio that suggested that you will be hungry and therefore your body will search within for nutrients. Also, it keeps your metabolism elevated for several hours after you excercise, giving you a bit of a colorie bonus burn into the lunch hour.

Just my .02.

I firmly believe that 80% of how you look is determined by what you put in your mouth.
 

Dissipate

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Originally posted by: Gravity
My gym is also empty in the early a.m. I find that if I don't go early, I usually will get distracted or sidetracked and then I don't go.

Any excercise, over time, will reduce your fat levels.

I think there was some research about early a.m. (pre-breakfast) cardio that suggested that you will be hungry and therefore your body will search within for nutrients. Also, it keeps your metabolism elevated for several hours after you excercise, giving you a bit of a colorie bonus burn into the lunch hour.

Just my .02.

I firmly believe that 80% of how you look is determined by what you put in your mouth.

I don't think so. Personally, I have a hard time gaining weight. I can eat all kinds of junk food without gaining as much as a pound. So right now I'm drinking Cyto-Gainer shakes before and after my workouts. My brother on the other hand eats all kinds of junk food and weights 300+ pounds.
 

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i've always found the following:

the gym is emptier in the mornings so i always get a machine

trying to workout at night is sometimes harder to schedule if i have to work late or people want to hang out, so working out in the morning almost always means i will make it to the gym

i feel better after working out in the morning

i have a harder time falling asleep when i work out at night(though it may be a myth, it is still a practical fact for me)
 

Kelemvor

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Main benefit of going in the morning is it gets you moving for the day and gets your body working harder earlier.

However I hate getting up early so I always go after work.
 

3chordcharlie

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Originally posted by: Dissipate
I don't do cardio to lose weight, but I notice a difference between going to the gym in the afternoon and at night. When I go in the afternoon I can get through my workout without a hitch, and I feel energized. At night my energy level drops off and I have a harder time getting through my workout.

This isn't unusual, but it isn't universal either. Some people find the exact opposite.

Go to the gym at whatever time you can reliably make yourself do it. Any difference in effectiveness is overshadowed by individual differences in what time you feel best, what time will result in you skipping out less, etc.
 

Amused

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Originally posted by: 3chordcharlie
Originally posted by: Dissipate
I don't do cardio to lose weight, but I notice a difference between going to the gym in the afternoon and at night. When I go in the afternoon I can get through my workout without a hitch, and I feel energized. At night my energy level drops off and I have a harder time getting through my workout.

This isn't unusual, but it isn't universal either. Some people find the exact opposite.

Go to the gym at whatever time you can reliably make yourself do it. Any difference in effectiveness is overshadowed by individual differences in what time you feel best, what time will result in you skipping out less, etc.

Yep, exactly. Over-complicating your workout will make you more likely to skip, cheat or quit altogether.

Just do it when it's best for you and your schedule.