A recent study published in the Frontiers of Psychology the best time of day for men and women to achieve the best results from exercise.
The study of 30 men and 26 women – all active and healthy, and between 25 and 55 years old – lasted 12 weeks and monitored the effects of a varied fitness programme, which included stretching, sprint, resistance and endurance training.
The study found that women burned more fat during morning exercise, and men burned more fat during evening exercise routines. One group exercised for an hour before 08:30 while the other group followed the same activities in the evening, between 18:00 and 20:00.
All participants followed a specially-designed meal plan. Differences in hormones, in biological clocks and sleep-wake cycles between the sexes, could all play a role.
The researchers tested everyone’s blood pressure and body fat over the course of the study, as well as their flexibility, strength and aerobic power at the start and end.
Most importantly, all participants noted significant health improvements after the conclusion of the 12-week program, regardless of the time they exercised.
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