Morning or Evening, When is the Best Time to Work Out?

According to a recent study published in Nature Communications, those who work out in the afternoon may live longer than those who work out in the mornings or evenings. The study classified midday as 11am. to 5pm, evening from 5pm to midnight, and morning from 5am to 11am However, it emphasized that moderate to vigorous movement at any time of day was preferable than none at all.

92,000 adults in the UK took part in the study, and their health and demographic data were analyzed from a biological database. Over a seven-day period, participants were given accelerometers that tracked when and how hard they worked out. After several years, the researchers examined mortality statistics and discovered that approximately 3,000 (or 3%) of the participants had died, with approximately 1,000 dying from heart disease and 1,800 dying from cancer.

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People who exercised in the mid-afternoon had a lower risk of dying in general and from heart disease, according to the findings, than those who exercised in the evening or early morning. The same was true for persons who had “mixed” exercise times or who altered their workout plans on a frequent basis.

Dr. Aashish Contractor, Director of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai, said that this is an interesting study that once again emphasizes the importance of moderate to vigorous physical activity in reducing deaths from all causes, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. Dr. Contractor, on the other hand, does not believe that the time of workout is very important; rather, he emphasizes the value of working out on a regular basis.


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