Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Best Time to Exercise

Timing matters not only with meals, but with workouts, too. A recent study published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness found that women who walked four times a week lost more fat mass when they hoofed it at 6p.m. compared to those who walked at 8a.m. Evening exercisers also ended up consuming more protein and eating fewer of their daily calories in the p.m. Multiple studies have found that early evening may be the best time to improve performance and build muscle, whether you're doing cardio or strength training. One possible reason: The body releases higher levels of muscle-building growth hormone in the early evening than in the morning, and exercise also boosts levels of that hormone, so time the two events may yield the best results.

Source: Health Magazine

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