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Morning Or Evening Exercise? Know The Best Time To Workout That Will Help Get Most Benefits

Is exercising in the morning more beneficial for people than exercising at night? Researchers have found that following your circadian rhythm is the right way to go about it. Still confused? Read on to understand.

Written by Arushi Bidhuri |Updated : January 17, 2022 12:29 PM IST

Well, we are familiar with the fact that exercise is important to stay fit and live a healthy life. But one age-old question remains what is the best time to exercise if you want to stay in shape? It has long been argued that exercise is a morning thing. People have claimed that exercising in the morning has been beneficial to them and helps them burn body fat, and the same has been backed but science. But it can be stressful for people who do not get enough time in the morning to exercise. So, what should they do?

A team of researchers from the University of Copenhagen weighed in the differences between the effects of morning and evening exercise. They found that both exercises can have a great impact on your life, here's how.

How Timing Affects The Benefits Of Exercise?

The study published in the journal of Cell Metabolism found that scientists are still baffled as to why different types of exercise have different impacts. An international team of scientists has conducted the most complete study of exercise undertaken at various times of the day to acquire a better understanding.

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Their findings revealed how, depending on the time of day, the body produces distinct health-promoting signalling molecules in organ-specific ways following exercise. These signals influence sleep, memory, exercise performance, and metabolic homeostasis, among other things. As per the study, almost all cells have a circadian rhythm, which regulates their biological functions over a 24-hour period. This means that depending on the time of day, the sensitivity of different tissues to the effects of exercise varies. Exercise timing according to our circadian clock can improve the health-promoting effects of exercise, according to a previous study.

What Is A Circadian Rhythm?

A circadian rhythm is a natural phenomenon that occurs throughout the day. Circadian rhythms in humans are the roughly 24-hour cycles that the body and brain follow, allowing for changes in physical and mental states, as well as mood and behavioural changes. The sleep-wake cycle is a cycle in which people alternate between sleeping and waking. This is one of the most well-known circadian rhythms. Humans are more alert throughout the day and sleep better at night. When most people talk about a circadian rhythm, they're referring to this 24-hour period. They do, however, include elements other than sleep such as hormonal activity, body temperature, digestion, and immune function.

So, Is It Morning Or Evening?

If we follow the normal circadian rhythm, then it is morning when the people are the most active. Studies have shown that living in alignment with our circadian rhythm pushes us to live a stronger and healthier life. What preliminary studies suggest is that there are two optimal times to exercise by resetting your body's clock morning and late afternoon.

Exercising first thing in the morning can help you reset your clock and maximize your sleep for the night ahead, as well as improve your cognitive performance for the day ahead.

Because humans are biologically ready for activity at this time, exercising in the late afternoon provides various performance benefits. Our motor coordination improves, our blood pressure rises, and our muscles become more nutrient absorbent. This is when we'll most likely see our best results and make the most progress in our workouts.

So, attempt to get some activity in during these two times and observe how your body reacts. Almost every element of your health and well-being will likely improve. However, do talk to your doctor before making any changes in your lifestyle.

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