When is the best time to exercise? A new study finds people who workout in the evening might be getting the more bang for their buck.
A new study suggests evening exercise may have extra benefits for your health. Dr Trine Moholdt led a study in Norway closely monitoring blood glucose levels of overweight men on a high fat diet. Study participants did 5 days of high intensity interval training (HIIT). Some exercised at 6:30 in the morning and others at 6:30 at night.
The study found both morning and evening exercise improved fitness and oxygen uptake. But only evening exercise lowered cholesterol (specifically LDL cholesterol) and lowered overnight glucose levels which could help burn fat. The researchers are now testing their findings with women but stress if you cant exercise at night, this is not an excuse to skip the gym. The benefits from either morning or evenings workouts are worth it!!
In the end stick with the old adage: the best workout is the one you actually do. More important than any science on when you should train is the simple practicality of when you can actually get to the gym.