Scheduling exercise time based on fitness goals

Morning exercise is best if you want to lose weight and boost your mood, while afternoon exercise is better for performance and avoiding injury.
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Time for the "Download." Today we all know the importance of exercise but does it really make a difference when you do it? I spoke recently to Dan pink, author of "When." He says the answer is yes. First quickly explain why timing matters. Well, because we know from a rich body of science that our bodies and our brains do not stay the same throughout the day. Our performance changes and very predictable sometimes dramatic ways over the course of a day both our cognitive performance and physical performance? Really it's about what your goes are. When you know your goals you can pick when. What goals are best achieved by morning exercise. Morning exercise is best if you want to lose weight. We burn off more calories during morning exercise than later. Morning exercise also seems to be better for habit formation. We're more likely to stick to a routine when we're exercising in the morning. The final reason which I think is a good reason, cardio gives you a very significant mood boost and lasts a pretty long time so if you exercise later in the day you sleep away some of that mood boost. I've noticed that. So what's the case for exercising in the afternoon. It's a different case but it's a good case. Exercising in the late afternoon and early evening if you want to avoid injury because body temperature is higher and literally more warmed up. The same reason many people report that afternoon and evening exercise is more enjoyable. It's less effortful and that makes you more likely to keep doing it. And the final reason which is really interesting is you perform better later in the day. Our hand/eye coordination is better. Lung function is bet he and our speed did better. There's a disproportionate number of world records set between 4:00 P.M. And 7:00 P.M. Especially in speed events. I do both which is why I have such huge muscles. Dan, thank you very much. If it you want to hear more of my conversation with Dan, check out the 10% happier podcast available wherever you get your podcasts and we'll be right back

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