The early morning workout remains the gold standard among the fitness conscious. And it really is convenient if you work those ideal hours. You don’t even have to shower when you wake up. You simply blend up a protein shake, grab your gym bag and a change of clothes. You can shower in the first class facilities of your gym after your two-hour run on the treadmill. I even kept a three-day change of work clothes in my locker for added convenience and practically lived out of my gym locker.
After graduation and over a year of job searching, I counted myself among the fortunate to even have a job even though it was the night shift. I started going to the gym at night and soon realized it was just as convenient and rewarding as the morning workouts. And if you work the night shift, you can still get those morning workout benefits.
During your morning workouts you increase your metabolism which gives you energy and stamina throughout your day. I was never sleepy or fatigued at work during the night. And I also found I drank less coffee during my night shift than I typically did when I skipped my workout.
I’ve always been worried about snacking at night as all that turns to fat with decreased activity. I found I could eat a full meal at the midnight break and still burn all that off as a result of the nightly workout.
Morning workouts are still regarded as ideal for maintaining good sleep patterns. But working out at night, even after you clock out from your night shift job has no adverse effects on your ability to get to sleep. Even with the increased metabolic effect of a vigorous workout, I never had any problem getting to sleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.
So if you loved your morning workouts while among the day walkers there is no reason why you can’t continue to enjoy your workouts at night. Most gyms now provide late night hours or even a key for their night owls to come in and get a few sets in before work or bedtime.