Metabolically-speaking, is there an ideal time of day to exercise?

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Offline chris

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When is it best for the body to take exercise, morning, noon or night?

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Around 6 p.m. I believe.

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Why 6:00 PM ?

Is it because its after dinner or what?

opinion or fact?

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 cool C4M!! Thanks for that... and the link!

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Mmm, looking at their list of pros and cons I can't see much biochemical data to back up what they are saying.

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I think it depends on the context of the question. I’ve been thinking about exercise recently in the context of burning calories to aid weight loss. I have just posted the question “When is the best time to eat?” which is sort of the same question but from the other side.

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=25096.0;topicseen

I always think of calories the same way as my bank balance. You bank so many calories per day and use so many. If you bank more than you ‘spend’ you end up with a fattening calorie balance. If you spend more than you deposit your reserves diminish and you lose weight. It doesn’t matter when you eat the calories or perform the exercise – it’s simple arithmetic.

Conversely, in the context of Chris’ question, exercising in the morning before you eat ensures the less efficient use of calories from deep storage rather than from sugars freely available in the blood and this helps lose weight! I’m sure this is an entirely specious theory, but it sounds good!
 
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