Women should exercise in the morning and men at night, study suggests

Why women should exercise in the morning and men in the evening: Women may burn fat better in the early hours, while men benefit from exercising at night, study suggests

  • A small study found that men might get more benefit from exercising at night.
  • Both morning and evening exercise provided ‘significant’ benefits to women
  • Found that a morning session was better for women looking to burn fat

Exercising may be better for women in the morning if they want to burn fat, while men benefit more from exercising in the evening.

A morning workout is better for women looking to shed fat and lose inches off their midsection, a small study suggests.

They also see a greater reduction in blood pressure when exercising earlier in the day.

But men’s blood pressure, “bad” cholesterol levels and their ability to burn fat seem to benefit more from evening exercise.

Men may also feel less tired exercising before dinner than before breakfast.

The results come from a study of 27 women and 20 men who exercised four times a week. About half did so between 6:00 and 8:00 a.m., while the rest did so between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

The small study suggested that women looking to reduce fat would benefit most from exercising in the morning (file photo)

Dr. Paul Arciero, who led the study from Skidmore College in New York, said: “While both morning and evening exercise provide significant health and performance benefits for women, those looking to shed belly fat and reduce blood pressure should consider morning exercise.

The study, which involved relatively fit people ages 25 to 55, found that women who exercised in the morning lost an average of 10 percent of the fat around their waist. That compares with just 3 percent of belly fat lost in women who exercise at night.

While the women didn’t lose weight overall, they did lose belly fat, which can wrap around the body’s internal organs and be detrimental to health.

Women who exercised in the morning saw a greater drop in blood pressure than those who exercised later. This is thought to be due to a reduction in the stiffness of the blood vessels, but it may be because the morning joggers had slightly higher blood pressure to begin with.

The consolation for night owls, whose studies show difficulties with exercising before work, is that women who exercised later had better upper-body strength and power when asked to lift weights. The day.

However, they were significantly less tired when they exercised in the evening, had lower blood pressure and, based on analysis of their exhaled breath, appeared to burn more fat. While men who exercised at night weren’t found to have less body fat, the study authors suggest this could happen over a longer period.

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Men’s blood pressure, ‘bad’ cholesterol levels and their ability to burn fat appear to benefit more from evening exercise, study suggests (file photo)

All the men and women studied were asked to do four exercise sessions a week for 12 weeks. These included a resistance training session, a stretching session like yoga or pilates, and a speed training session, which meant doing an exercise like swimming or running on a treadmill for 35 minutes. Most sessions lasted an hour, although longer aerobic exercises, such as cycling or rowing, were included to assess endurance.

All people in the study received a fixed diet for 12 weeks so that food consumption did not influence the results.

It is well known that exercise affects the sexes differently, particularly when it comes to fat.

Female hormones and contrasting circadian rhythms may also play a role.

The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, found that exercise generally benefited everyone who participated in the research, regardless of when they did it.

The researchers suggest that their findings show that women should exercise in the morning to lose fat, but in the evening if they want to improve muscle strength.


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