WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF THE DAY TO PERFORM EXERCISE? (of course besides "when you can")
Updated: Jun 14, 2019
Have you ever heard of the circadian clock? Your circadian rhythm is basically a 24-hour internal clock that is running in the background of your brain and cycles between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals. Not keeping a good balance of our internal circadian rhythms holding pace with the SOLAR LIGHT, NUTRITION and EXERCISE, the cronodisruption appears and its consequences for health. Hence is always a good tip to keep up with those rhythms since science already provides us with several studies regarding the CHRONO-EXERCISE, basically, when is more beneficial to exercise. It won't be me to say that we can’t exercise outside those frames since cardiovascular activity should be always present in our lifestyles, but not doubt, our levels of energy, focus and mood would benefit of following a well thought pattern.
Here are some benefits and a few links to check the literature about it.
· The stimulation of the circadian clock through exercise improves health by reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. In other words, is good to include a consistent exercise plan linked with our normal sleeping patterns.
· The exercise done in the morning improves the quality of night sleep through greater nocturnal parasympathetic activity and the rhythm of melatonin. Even the no morning persons would agree that doing some activity in the morning wakes you up, increases energy levels, improves our mood and mind concentration. A good use of daily energy should help us with more consistent and repairing sleep.
· A greater ADHERENCE to the exercise is observed when it is scheduled in the morning. I’ve been said Mañana mañana countless times because my Mediterranean background, but actually explains what happens when we leave activity for the last thing in the day. When training with my clients, you can tell the difference in energy and mental readiness from morning to evening
· Morning exercise increases beta-oxidation of fatty acids for 24 h You’ll see the science behind this statement in one of the links below, but long story short, the study presents the possibility that exercise increases 24-h fat oxidation only when performed in a post-absorptive state, in other words, before breakfast.
Following you will find the literature backing the above.