Judy of Alabama wonders ~ when is the very best time to exercise?
That depends on who you ask– and which study you consider.
Several say late afternoon to evening (4-7pm). One study found women who walked four times a week lost more fat mass when they laced-up their tennies after 6 p.m. than those who exercised at 8 a.m. If that’s not enough to convince you, several more studies have found early evening to to be the best time time to improve performance and build muscle. This has to do with when your body releases growth hormone– which just happens to be greater in the the evening than the morning.
But, hold on, if you prefer mornings, there is a study for you as well! Other research suggests when you exercise in the morning, you’re more likely to stick with it and create a habit. Considering my own busy life, I imagine this is because if you don’t get it done first thing in the morning, you might find it hard to fit in later in the day.
Nurse Kris Rx: The benefits either way are pretty minimal. What matters if you stick with it, so forget about the time of day, just choose a time that fits for you– and guarantees you’ll get it done.
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