Getting yourself to the gym after work can be a tall order. With the couch or bed calling your name, temptations of Netflix and sweats are often much stronger than the desire to hit the pavement for an evening jaunt. All obvious reasons to dread working out at night aside, it can actually be beneficial to exercise after the sun’s gone down. Whether you fancy the gym or prefer to take to the trails, benefits like improved brain function don’t just stop because it’s after 5 p.m. So, if you’re struggling through your morning sweat session, consider these five benefits of exercising at night.
1. You’ll build muscle fast
If your goal is to tone up, it may be best to do it shortly before you turn in. High levels of cortisol in the morning may actually hinder muscle growth, but Heather Webb, kinesiologist at Texas A&M University, told Shape increased testosterone levels during the evening boost it. Gaining muscle can be tricky, but factor can’t-fail workouts into your evening routine, and you’re setting yourself up for success.