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08 Jun 2004

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME
HI DOC
I WAS WONDERING WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO DO A GYM SESSION IN THE MORNING/ AFTERNOON OR AT NIGHT?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Eve

This is a little bit of a controversial one, because there are an equal number of people recommending exercise in the morning as there are advising exercising in the evening. There is also reasonably decent basis for doing both. As a result, I would recommend that you exercise when it suits you best. The key to exercise is consistency so choose a time that you will be able to stick to. For example some people just are or are not morning people for any apparent reason.

Some people suggest that training in the morning, before eating breakfast is good, because it forces you to exercise on 'an empty stomach' which basically means that your body has no glucose to burn. Therefore, it is thought that the body will use more fat, and weight loss would be greater. However, the principle may be true, but there are certain other considerations that you must take into account:

• The intensity of the training: if the intensity is too high, you have the risk of becoming hypoglycaemic.
• The duration of the training: if you exercise too long, you also have a risk of becoming hypoglycaemic.
• If you are glycogen depleted when you begin, you will become hypoglycaemic quicker.
• The meal that you ate the previous evening.
• It also dependent on your previous training and your dietary intake over the one or two days prior to the session.

In otherwords, exercising without giving your body any energy can cause you to become hypoglycaemic. It may be safe if you train at a low intensity and for less than an hour. you may wish to try this out and experiment, and see what works best for you, and then choose the most convenient time of day, as mentioned.

Good luck
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