Is the Best Time to Exercise the Same for Men and Women?

Men and women have different optimum workout times during the day, according to a new study published in Frontiers in Physiology. Researchers say women burn more fat exercising during morning hours, while men burn more fat at night. Women aiming to improve blood pressure also get better results by exercising in the morning, the study says.

What the study revealed: Scientists from Skidmore College in New York, Arizona State University, and California State University, Chico, studied 30 men and 26 women between 25 and 55 years old defined as “highly active” (completing more than 30 mins of structured physical activity 4 days a week for more than 3 years).

Over 12 weeks, researchers analyzed the effects of a varied training program — consisting of stretching, resistance exercise, interval sprints, and endurance training — with the same relative training volume. Participants did one of the four different exercise routines one day per week for a total of four workouts per week. One group exercised for an hour between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., while the other group followed the same exercise routines, but between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Excerpted from Healthline

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