Find the ideal time to exercise It is usually a common excuse among the inhabitants of Spain, although it is probably a generalized way of thinking throughout the world: working hours and the thousand and one occupations of modern life leave little room for maneuver in the daily agenda.
However, if you can find a space for physical activity, studies have already discovered when the best time would be: no matter what time of the day, but must always be the same.
This was suggested by a study carried out by researchers from the Brown Alpert School of Medicine of the United States of the year 2019. According to this study, it does not matter if you exercise in the morning or in the afternoon if you want to maintain or lose weight: the important thing is consistency and maintaining a fixed schedule.
Currently the new physical activity guides of the Department of Health and Human Services from the USA suggest that at least two and a half hours of moderate physical activity per week to stay healthy, advocating for at least 10 minutes of exercise in each session, although accumulative during the day: better to do something than nothing.
If you are already in shape, complying with this minimum pact in terms of exercise time is usually not complicated, but there are not a few individuals who have difficulties to achieve it. In fact, maintaining or losing body weight is often the biggest obstacle of all.
So the Brown Alpert researchers analyzed the results of a physical activity survey of 375 people who exercised with the goal of losing weight. In this case, a significant relationship between a moderate or intense level of exercise, always carried out at the same time, and the amount of time spent exercising.
In total, half of the respondents exercised in the morning, which could indicate that physical activity should preferably be carried out during this time, as they would have also suggested previous studies. However, the current study suggests that this preference for regularity is due to the way each one organizes the day.
The system key it would not be the time itself, but the fact that is done automatically. In other words, physical exercise should not “fit” into a daily schedule, in a compulsory way, but should be something that flows and is easy within the day to day: if you try to think actively, it’s a lot more likely to reduce time that is dedicated to total exercise.
Thus, according to the researchers, the secret It would be to associate the exercise with some pre-existing mental signal. That is to say, make it one more scheduled event from day to day, always during the same hours, as one more activity within the daily schedule: if you have to fit each day in one way, motivating yourself to exercise will be much more complicated.
In addition, they also suggest that exercising repeatedly in the same place would also help establish a better relationship with physical activity, based on the survey results.
Still, they recall, since their results are based precisely on a self-reported survey, the information can go up to a point. Other individualized motivations of each individual cannot be ruled out, beyond the fixed schedule or a specific place to exercise. It could not be ruled out if, indeed, there is a specific time better than another, when someone is going to start exercising for the first time.