The Best Time of Day to ExerciseFinding time to exercise can be difficult, so you want to make sure that the time you spend huffing and puffing on a treadmill is worth it. Since muscle strength, muscle flexibility, hand-eye coordination and lung function tend to peak in the afternoon, the best time to exercise is between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. And within that range, 5 p.m. is the ideal time, the Wall Street Journal reports of a study from Albany Medical College in New York. In addition, the risk of injury is lowest from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
And it's not just exercise for which there is an ideal time of day. Our bodies work with the ebb and flow of our circadian rhythms of waking and sleeping. When we pay attention to that--instead of fighting it--we get a lot more done, more effectively and more efficiently. We have more energy. We're more alert. Basically, there is a peak body time for almost everything.
Just going with the flow of your natural body clock can also reap big health benefits. When circadian rhythms are interrupted, it can potentially lead to type 2 diabetes, depression, dementia and obesity. But when your body clock is fully synced with your daily activities, it gives you an edge.
Thanks to the Wall Street Journal, here's a handy list of what's best to do when:
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