Before asking umpteen questions on what’s good for your body understand that all forms of exercises those including simple stretches, vigorous-intensity exercises or yoga are great for the body. For someone who wishes to pursue physical activity in order to lose weight or stay fit my recommendation would be to first start working on it. Then you can come up with your questions on the best type of workout for weight loss, the best exercises for belly fat reduction, the type of food to eat for staying slim or even the best time to exercise. Earlier, we never had the question of fixing up a time for exercise as early mornings were always fixed for a fresh morning walk or jog in the park. The IT revolution has completely changed our lifestyles and work-life balance. We live in one part of the world but work for another country that has a different time zone which gravely affects our daily routine and circadian rhythm. Every person’s circadian rhythm is critical for the person’s overall health and well-being and, disruption of this can result in problems for life. Those guys going for afternoon or evening shifts stay awake throughout the night, surgeons attend to surgeries any time of the day and there are certain jobs that require round the clock support. How about asking these individuals to get up and get going out in the morning for a short exercise session? This seems impractical.
There have been several debates supporting and denying the fact that performing exercise any time during the day is effective for health. We also do have controversies surrounding the duration of exercise and how we exercise. But now, it’s been proved that even 5 minutes of exercise does good for the body irrespective of the individual involved. We have heard about early-morning birds (early risers) and late-night owls (those who stay awake until late in the night) and this is a never-ending topic of debate. Being a late-night owl does indeed affect your body routine but if the job demands so it is up to you to set right the circadian rhythm according to the new shift schedule. Circadian rhythm has the potential to steer our body's health in any direction depending on the individual's activities and for more information about circadian rhythm please visit www.firsteatright.com. There are some who feel that exercising early in the morning is the best as it lets you breathe the fresh air around, perform the activity with full josh and you are also less likelier to miss out on the session quoting tiredness or lack of time as reasons whereas late-evening exercises robs you of these perks. But there are other motivating factors such as the possibility of group exercise sessions or having a game of cricket or football with family members which indeed is also a form of exercise. While researchers mull over the best time to workout here is a new study that shows that exercising in the morning and evening has different effects on the individual.
Morning or Evening better do Something
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen are surprised with their study results on physical activity that shows that exercise effects differ depending on the time of day it is performed. The study conducted on mice showed that exercise performed at the start of the mouse’s active/dark phase (morning) differs from the effect of exercise performed in the beginning of the light/resting phase (evening). The researchers could identify startling differences in the effects of exercise performed at various times of the day and they contribute these differences to the body’s circadian clock.
The study group focused on the effects in muscle cells which included both transcriptional response and effects on the metabolites. The effects in both these areas are stronger after morning exercise which is mostly due to a protein called H1F1-alfa that plays a central role in regulating body’s circadian clock. It was also found that morning exercise improved the ability of the muscle cells to metabolize sugar and fat, both of which are important aspects to look into people with type 2 diabetes and obesity. Whereas, evening exercise improved energy expenditure in the hours following exercise schedule. The study clearly shows that morning exercise invokes gene programs in the muscle cells which help in metabolizing sugar and fat while evening exercise increases whole body energy expenditure for a prolonged period of time that helps in increased calorie burning. The researchers are unable to reach a decision as to which is much better-morning or evening exercise-as both of them come with different sets of advantages. But this also invokes the idea whether timed exercise sessions could be scheduled as a treatment strategy for people with metabolic disease.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.