According to a recent study, exercising during your lunch break can reduce your risk of dying too soon more than working out in the morning or at night.
According to a recent study, the afternoon is the ideal time to exercise because it increases lifespan.
The researchers emphasised that this period also happens to be the time of day when heart attacks are least likely to occur.
The optimal time to exercise has long been a topic of discussion in the health community. A study from the previous year claimed that women who work out in the morning reduce their blood pressure and shed more abdominal fat. Yet, a recent study has found that exercising during your lunch break can reduce your risk of dying too soon more than exercising in the morning or at night.
The study, published in the journal Nature Communications under the title Associations of the timing of physical activity with all-cause and cause-specific mortality in a prospective cohort study.
Study into exercising in afternoon
The team analysed demographic and health information from 92,000 individuals in a UK biomedical database that houses medical records for about 5,00,000 people who live in the UK.
Accelerometers were given to participants as part of the study, and these devices track when and how hard they exercise over the course of seven days.
After several years, the scientific team examined mortality statistics and discovered that nearly 3,000 participants had passed away, with about 1,000 of those deaths being heart-related.
However, regardless of when they got up and moved throughout the day, the men and women who most frequently engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity (such as brisk walking) lived longer than those who rarely worked out. The team also observed links between noon activity and significantly improved chances of living longer.
The afternoon appears to be the time of day when people are statistically least likely to have a heart attack, according to the experts.
Despite the fact that these associations were found among older people, men, and those who engaged in less physical activity, they noted that they believed moderate to vigorous physical activity had the potential to enhance public health.