New Study: This is the Best Time of Day to Work Out
I run about 3 miles a day, and I often think how nice it would be to venture out in the morning rather than the afternoon. I wake up at 3:30 and leave the house no later than 4. I’d have to get up by 2 to have a decent morning workout, so that’s not happening. That’s unfortunate for me, and others who have the same schedule. According to this new study, that would probably be the best thing to do.
My schedule is kind of unique, but if you’re an early riser too, here’s some good news. A recent study published in the medical journal Obesity has unveiled an intriguing fitness secret. If you work out in the morning it can lead to better weight loss results. This revelation comes after an analysis of health data and activity patterns involving more than 5,000 individuals in the United States.
The study focused on data from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The study was conducted during the period between 2003 and 2006. That’s when accelerometers, or activity trackers were introduced for data collection. Participants had their body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference measured before wearing activity trackers for over 10 hours daily, spanning four to seven days.
The findings were clear. Those whose exercise routine was in the morning, typically between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., had lower BMIs and smaller waistlines compared to those whose routine was midday (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or evening (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.). Morning exercisers averaged a BMI of 27.5, while their midday and evening counterparts averaged 28.3.
They were surprised to learn that the results remained consistent across all demographics, including sex, ethnicity, education, tobacco use, and alcohol consumption. So, it seems that when it comes to fitness, the early bird truly does get the worm, or in this case, the slimmer waistline.