They say that “Early bird catches the worm.”
Does this hold true for workout timing as well?
Exercising daily has tons of benefits, ranging from protection against problems like obesity or cardiovascular diseases to mental health benefits. And all types of exercises or activities are good for your health. However, some exercises have more benefits and the timing can also make a difference. But the right timing can differ from one person to another:
A human body has certain rhythms known as the circadian rhythm. It decides if you are more of an early bird or night owl by nature. These rhythms can have an effect on the functions of your body. It may include body temp, hormone levels, heartbeat, and more.
Doesn’t matter what the quotes suggest. It all comes down to what time is best for you. Working out prior to breakfast is quite common among the morning people. But is there a certain benefit? Scientists looked at the difference between working out with & without breakfast for weeks. Both groups resulted in losing fat with no difference at all.
However, another study found that working out in the morning can result in losing weight faster compared to the evening.
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If you are starting to like the idea of working out in the morning, keep in mind that there are certain benefits of working out in the evening too. For example, exercising right before going to bed can lead to a good night’s sleep. According to Swiss researchers, working out vigorously for 60 – 90 minutes prior to bedtime helps in better sleeping habits.
As you can see, both morning and evening work out sessions come with their own pros and cons. Going through these pros and cons can help you choose the time that’s better for you.
As you can see, none of these times is too good or too bad. You need to choose one that suits your body clock and schedule.
Bio: Mark Lango is a fitness research analyst at MR ALPHA. Mark loves to read and write about new research and technologies that can help people stay fit. He has been featured in various health and lifestyle magazines. When he is not writing, he loves to do Yoga and running.