What is the best time to exercise?

Dose it matter if we exercise in the morning or at night? Recent research has found that the effect of exercise may differ depending on the time of day it is performed. The research helps confirm that our body’s circadian clock affects our health. Studies learned that the effect of exercise may differ depending on the time of day it is performed. The effect of exercise performed in the the morning, differs from the effect of exercise performed in the evening, or at the beginning of the light/resting phase.

Benefits of Morning Exercise

There appears to be rather significant differences between the effect of exercise performed in the morning and evening. These differences are probably controlled by the body’s circadian clock. Morning exercise initiates gene programs in the muscle cells, making them more effective and better capable of metabolising sugar and fat. Thus morning exercise helps us burnĀ  sugar and fat throughout the day. This is especially helpful for people who are overweight or those with type 2 diabetes.

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Benefits of Evening Exercise

Evening exercise, on the other hand, increases whole body energy expenditure for an extended period of time. On the other hand, the results also show that exercise in the evening increases energy expenditure in the hours after exercise. Therefore, the researchers cannot necessarily conclude that exercise in the morning is better than exercise in the evening.

Based on this information we cannot say for certain which is best, exercise in the morning or exercise in the evening. At this point, we can only conclude that the effects of the two appear to be different. More research needs to be done to determine if the timing of exercise matters. But regardless of timing there are significant health benefits from exercising from thirty to sixty minutes each day. Working the best time into your schedule is only a secondary issue.

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