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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
April 10, 2019
A few years ago, I used to do a lot of pros and cons type of blog posts, and today we are gonna whip out the old format for the next couple weeks. The reason for this is the fact there will be a major change in my life soon enough. After working two and half years at my job, my hand has been forced. No, I have not quit yet, but that could still be in the cards. Nope, I took a major shift change and I will no longer be working from six in the morning to three in the afternoon, but now I have a 10:30 to 7:30 schedule and this means one thing…I will have to switch my workout schedule around. Typically, I workout on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, but at least with this minor change I will be able to work on out on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings. I will try to join the Deadlifts and Donuts that the Eastside Parsons Training has started, but that starts at 9 am on Saturdays so we shall have to see about that. Anyway, the main reason I chose that particular shift was because the only other shifts that had a Sunday and Monday off were 7:15 to 4:15, and yeah, I do not want to get caught in southside Tucson rush hour traffic at both times of the day. I could have taken a schedule with Saturday and Sunday off, but who the heck wants to work 12 to nine?!
So, now I am going to have a lot of changes to make in my life. This means I will have to walk the dogs in the morning, work out in the morning and if I have the time, do a little run after work. I say after because at 9 am in the Arizona summer it is already gonna be somewhere in the 90s. So maybe this will not be such a bad thing. But either way, this change will not hurt me in the long run. Well, we will find out soon enough. Anyway, I will miss the days of doing afternoon fitness. The last time I really got into the morning routine was A) when I only worked on a Saturday to Monday schedule and B) when I was pretty much unemployed and didn’t have a car. Taking the bus in a city that has average service options means it is better to go in the morning. So here we are….the pros and cons of doing workouts in the afternoon!
PRO — WORKING OUT IN THE LATE DAY HAS SCIENTIFIC UPSIDES
Even if you work a job like me, where you are sitting down much of the day or do only a minuscule amount of movement, the big upside is you have been awake for an entire day. You body’s hormone levels are typically at their peak around 6 p.m. One of the more important hormones is Irisin. This particular hormone has shown it could possibly reprogram certain fat cells to to burn instead of being stored. This can be a nice little help for you when it comes to working out. Plus, with the day at an end, you have fully eaten and hydrated (hopefully) and your body will be ready to burn like a well oiled machine.
CON — SOMETIMES WORK GETS IN THE WAY
When I used to work as an electrician, there were days where I was completely tapped and hated the aspect of going to a workout. When you work outdoors, this can really be a taxing thing for you to do, especially if you have workaholic tendencies where you rarely stop for nutrition and essentially do a workout during your work hours. You also might be a trucker or some other job with variable hours, and so setting up a routine can be extremely difficult. And then there is stress. There are many days where I get off of work and contemplate on making up some excuse to go home and stuff my face instead. So in these cases, working out at night can be a detriment because you could already physically and mentally be tapped and might not put as much time and effort into the movement. And also…what if you damn boss calls you to come back after you leave or you got overtime. Yeah, that can be a bummer.
PRO — EASIER MUSCLE FUNCTIONALITY
Much like the first “pro” argument, after a full day of work and movement, you will be a little more flexible. If you are like me at work, you can even do some stretching and short walk breaks to keep your blood rolling. Some new age jobs even give you some time to actually do a little exercise, and this can go a long way to helping you when you get to the gym. Unless you are at Parsons Training, when you hit your gym the space and the implements are gonna be at a premium. This means you have to warm up quickly and stake your spot, while also hitting the next spot quickly when you see it open. Being partially warm will definitely help in the preparation of your workout.
CON — YOU CAN STILL BE STIFF EITHER WAY
With the proliferation of desk jobs in the United States, people are suffering back and muscle stiffness regardless of how ergonomic the chair boast it is. This means you still may need a bunch of time to get yourself warmed up and ready to go at the gym. So the difference of showing up in the morning would not be a huge difference in that respect.
PRO — REGULATES AND IMPROVES A LOT OF YOUR BASIC FUNCTIONS
One thing that really helps when you get home is that you are free of your days worries, are ready to go to sleep and you feel your body is operating perfectly at the digestive level. These are definitely some of the benefits of a late afternoon workout. So you got yelled at by your boss. Go to the gym and show the leg press who is the REAL boss! A customer was making unreasonable demands and escalated the problem to higher ups, and they ruined your day with their bad attitude and also cut into your bonus by intentionally failing your survey out of spite. Do some running at the gym so you don’t feel compelled to marathon to their house five states away and beat them up. Working out also gets your body functioning at a much higher rate, so eating a good clean meal will refuel your body for the next day and digest fully so not only will your body properly expunge energy but your standard bodily functions will operate efficiently. Also, when all is said and done, you body will be tired and ready to hit the sack, meaning you will conk out quicker and utilize your sleep window much better.
CON — KINDA HARD TO BATTLE WITH THAT, BUT HOLD ON….
So how do you counter that last argument? Well, I suppose you could tweak something and you might make it difficult to get to sleep at night. I mean, nothing makes for a tough night of sleep than a leg that might be hurting or a sore lower back. Sometimes you don’t eat clean after a vigorous late day workout, for your appetite is peaking not only for its final meal but you have also supercharged that instinct with a 1,000 calorie dump and your body is craving salts, fats and possibly sweets. This might compel you to go to that burger joint instead of eating some potatoes and veggies. Also, if you are into pre-workout mixes and post workout mixes, the sugary and caffeine laden mixes might cause a jolt to your system, which in turn could mess with your ability to fall asleep and properly recover.
Hmm, so those are the main things that can really help with making the decision on what time of the day you really want to train. Next week we will be weighing some pros and cons of working out in the mornings, which will soon by my daily life. There are already a couple of huge PROS that will make the decision easier for me to digest, but we shall see!
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