How does it affecttime during which physical activity is practiced in the field of weight management? A new study has just been made public, which will be published in the October issue of the scientific journal Obesityclaims that it is better to exercise early in the morning.
The best time is between 7 and 9 am
It is not the first time this topic has been debated: the team of researchers who conducted this analysis, from Franklin Pierce University in the US, identified the time window between 7:00 and 9:00 am such as the time when there is a greater association between exercise and a lower Body Mass Index (BMI, one of the parameters used to understand whether someone is normal weight, overweight or obese, ed). The study, the authors claim, was conducted using the accelerometer (a more complex instrument than a pedometer, which evaluates physical performance in space). ed) to classify the timing of movements, while previous reviews had focused on the frequency, intensity, and duration of physical activity. Using data from the 2003-2004 and 2005-2006 cycles National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), scientists studied 5,285 participants and divided them into three groups depending on the time chosen for physical activity: morning, afternoon and evening.
Early birds are thinner
Participants who met the morning group physical activity guidelines (150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous physical activity, ed) they had a body mass index and a waist circumference lower than that of the other groups. They generally had healthier diets and lower daily energy intake. Important note: Early morning athletes were then present during the day more sedentary compared to the subjects from the other groups, but despite the longer periods of time without movement, they were silent slimmer compared to people in the afternoon-evening groups. Characteristics of the early riser group included: a mean age that was 10 to 13 years older than the others, a higher percentage of women, non-Hispanic whites, with a college education or higher, and who did not smoke or drink alcohol drunk. .
A reported limitation of this study is that people who exercise in the morning may generally be different from those who exercise at other times, even in ways beyond those just mentioned.
For example, one of the important variables is the «chronotype»: Rising early, regardless of work or personal commitments, is a hallmark of larks, which are biologically different from their ‘night owls’, the owls. While larks naturally tend to exercise in the morning, owls prefer physical activity in the late afternoon or early evening.
The best thing for everyone would be to follow their biological clock, as far as possible.
Who wants maintaining a healthy weight or losing weightHowever, you can still opt for a morning workout, possibly on an empty stomach and for at least about 30 minutes, because in this way the body will use the fat reserves as an energy source.
I am Barbara Redford, a professional journalist and writer with extensive experience in news reporting. I have been writing for The News Dept since 2019, covering topics related to health and wellness. My passion is to keep people informed about the latest developments in healthcare and the medical industry.