Some people believe exercise is best first thing, when energy and
will-power is high – true or a myth?
In fact, our bodies adapt better to keep-fit regimens in the evening because our muscles are stronger and more flexible then – they’ve had a chance to warm up, so we are less prone to injury.
A 2001 study by the University of Chicago founds that levels of two hormones important for regulating energy metabolism – cortisol and thyrotropin – were higher in those who exercised later in the day.
Evening exercise may also help you shift more pounds. A 2010 study in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness found that post-menopausal women who went for an evening walk lost more weight than those who walked in the morning. The researchers believe the evening walking helped reduce snacking.
However, it’s better to opt for a morning regimen if you think it’s the only way you’ll stick to it.
And don’t schedule an intense work out less than four hours before bed – over-exertion could trigger stress hormones, which affect sleep quality.
WHAT DO YOU FIND WORKS THE BEST?
Feature courtesy of Good Health/The Daily Mail