Women Should Exercise in the Morning, Men in the Evening Study


It has traditionally been said that exercising in the morning is more beneficial, but according to one study, the effectiveness of exercise depends on the gender (male/female).

The study, published in Frontiers in Physiology, showed that for women exercising in the morning is more beneficial for health and for men the best time to exercise is in the evening.

Women who exercise at any given time have a slower rate of body fat loss (such as abdominal and hip fat and help reduce blood pressure) than women who exercise in the morning.

In contrast, men who exercised only in the evening showed reductions in their overall ratio of HDL cholesterol, blood pressure, respiratory exchange ratio, and carbohydrate oxidation.

Dr. Paul J. Asirro, a professor in the Department of Health and Human Physiology at Skidmore College in New York, said:

“We’ve seen for the first time that women who exercise in the morning reduce their abdominal fat and blood pressure, compared to women who exercise in the evening.

Upper body muscle strength, power and endurance are increased, and overall mood and nutritional satiety are improved.

He said that we also see that in men exercising in the evening is associated with lower blood pressure, risk of heart disease and fatigue.

The study has been done on 30 women and 26 men. All were 25 to 55 years old, as well as healthy, highly active, non-smokers and of normal weight, who had been trained at different times of the day for more than 12 weeks.

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