A new study has found that, despite exercise being good for a person whenever it is done, the time of day to achieve the summer body goals may impact the speed for different sexes.
According to a new US study, women were found to burn more body fat during morning exercise, whereas evening workouts benefitted men more.
Researchers suggested that differences in hormones, in biological clocks as well as sleep-wake cycles between the sexes could play a role in losing body fat. The study involved 30 men and 26 women and ran for 12 weeks.
The candidates were all active, healthy and ranging between 25 to 55 years old. They were subjected to sprints, resistance and endurance training, and stretching. Groups exercised for an hour before 8:30, whilst other groups did the same between 18:00 and 20:00.
With all their body fat, blood pressure, flexibility and other factors kept under track, all of them improved their overall health no matter the time. However, something else was at play as the results suggested that the time impacted sexes differently.
Women were urged to exercise in the morning if they want to reduce fat around their middle and blood pressure. However, for muscle strength in the upper body, women were urged to take evening exercises.
Men in the trial were less sensitive to the time of day, but evening exercise was found to be overall ideal to improve heart and metabolic health, as well as emotional wellbeing. The study was published in Frontiers in Physiology.