While it may seem like a good idea to wake up early and hit the gym, it is not always realistic. Some people claim that working out at night can cause insomnia. Not everyone agrees with that, and there are plenty of reasons to strap on the running shoes after dinner.
1. No Early Morning Alarms
Waking up at the crack of dawn can be dreadful. For some of us, mustering up the energy to wake up early enough to make it to the gym before work just isn’t in the cards. Sometimes I have the best of intentions, only to sleep through four alarms and wake up just in time to make it to work. For those of you who love getting up in the morning, I salute you. For the rest of us, there is another way.
2. No Crowds
The gym is like a major highway. There are some times of the day when it is so crowded you have to wait for a treadmill or a weight set, and there are other times when the gym is nearly empty. If you go to the gym at night, you probably won’t ever have to wait for a machine, and you can workout in peace.
3. Workout As Long As You Want
When a gym is crowded, the management sometimes enforces a maximum amount of time on the machines. There might be people waiting for a treadmill as soon as you get on it. At night, you can run for as long as you want, because no one is waiting in line.
4. You Have More Endurance
It takes a little while in the morning to be fully awake, so you actually have more energy when you work out later in the day. There is some evidence that muscle function and strength is at its height in the evening.
5. Social Workouts
If you’ve ever been to a gym at night, you might have noticed that everyone is more friendly. In the morning, everyone is in a hurry and very few people talk to each other. At night, gym goers are more relaxed, and many of them will be willing and eager to have a conversation with you.
6. A More Helpful Environment
All those social night owls will be happy to help you with any questions you have, and they will be glad to spot you while you’re lifting weights. Also, the personal trainers working at the gym won’t be as busy, so they’ll have more time to help you.
7. Let The Stress Out
Working can be stressful. At the end of the day, it’s nice to vent your frustration by exercising. It is a healthy outlet for your stress, and venting will allow you to sleep easier, without worries.
8. More Relaxing Mornings
Without having to rush off to the gym in the morning, you’ll have lots of time to relax, make a cup of coffee, and enjoy your morning routine. A slow, easy morning can go a long way toward having a good day.
9. Sleep Better
Going to the gym in the evening lets you use up all your excess energy from the day, so you’re sure to have a deep, restful night of sleep. Plus, you’ll have an awesome feeling of accomplishment, you’ll be drifting into dreamland with positive vibes.
10. Healthy Nightlife
At night, it can be tempting to go out with your friends to a restaurant or bar. Instead, make healthy plans by going to the gym with your friends. Get all your friends to sign up for an evening yoga class together, and have fun while you get fit.