You’re committed to a health or fitness goal and you’ve set your meal plan, but are you ready to work out?

Experts recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, but between work, social and family commitments, it can be difficult to find the time.

Some exercise devotees swear by a morning workout, claiming the benefits are double those they experience with an evening workout.

Morning exercise

Research shows working out first thing in the morning, before breakfast, helps boost energy levels and speed up weight loss.

According to the experts at House Call Doctor, exercising while fasted pushes the body to tap into its fat reserves for fuel, rather than burning off the calories contained in your most recent meal.

Completing a cardio work out before breakfast compounds this by setting the body up for an intense, day-long fat burn.

Some researchers, however, warn that it is not a sustainable method of losing weight and recommend consulting with a medical professional when deciding whether to exercise in a fasted state.

Working out in the morning after breakfast has different effects to a fasted workout. Studies suggest getting exercise “over and done with” in the morning leads to a better relationship with exercise, and increased ability to stick with an exercise program.

Evening exercise

If you don’t have the time to exercise in the morning, can’t stand to work out without food, or can’t bear to part with your doona until the last possible moment, fear not.

An evening exercise routine uses the fuel you’ve consumed throughout the day, making it possible to customise your workout depending on how much you’ve eaten.

Evening exercise also allows for the luxury of time – no more counting down the minutes until you have to get ready for work.

If evening suits you best, and means you will stick to the routine, the benefits may outweigh those associated with morning exercise.

When do you fit your daily work out in?