Recent studies have shown that exercising at specific times of the day can change the outcome of your exercise.
By exercising, the sympathetic nervous system is activated and our body releases hormones, sending feedback to the internal clocks in our muscles, liver and lungs. Researchers found that just like with eating food, our bodies respond differently to hormone feedback depending on the time of day that we exercise.
The findings state that: “Tissue sensitivity and response to exercise vary according to the time of day and alignment of circadian clocks.” The most effective time of day to exercise will dependon your goals. If you’re looking to improve your cardiovascular health, for example, research indicates that working out in the morning may be more effective. It was found that people who exercised before breakfast burned more fat than those who exercised later in the day.
If you’re trying to increase your strength or build muscle, on the other hand, evening exercise may be better. Studies suggest that our muscles are stronger and have more endurance later in the day.
So, if you want to make the most of your workout, pay attention to the time of day when you exercise.
Despite the findings of these studies showing personalised exercise programmes based on the time of day and metabolic health may show optimised benefits, professionals suggest that any exercise at any time of the day is better than none. So, get out and get active!
By Sarah Panther
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