Exercising in the afternoon is better than the morning
- By: Karen Hebert
Phyllis Zee, a neurologist from Northwestern University, has challenged the view that morning workouts are better than exercising in the afternoon.
“The best time to workout is in the late afternoon,” Zee told US television channel CNN. “The reason for that is that your muscle strength is at its peak, its highest. You are going to be less likely to injure yourself. It is also a time when people are most awake and alert.”
According to Zee, circadian rhythms are key. These are innate rhythms that conform to the 24 hour cycle of light and dark, generated by the firing rate of neurons in the hypothalamus in the brain. Circadian rhythms are implicated in the regulation of several physiological processes that include body temperature, metabolism, and blood pressure.
The regulation of body temperature seems to be most important. Two to three hours before waking, body temperature is at it's lowest,