Should You Be Exercising Based on Your Chronotype? Science Says Yes
We all know exercise is good for our heart, body, and mind. But if you feel that every time you hit the gym, fatigue washes over you like a heavy, unshakable weight, according to sports scientist Professor David Bishop, as told to Huffington Post Australia, this is because every single person has a perfect time to exercise, and it's different for us all. So exercising outside of this time could he be holding you back from achieving your health goals.
Let us explain: According to Bishop, you’re more likely to get your body to perform better based on your chronotype: "Chronotype is just a really fancy word for morning person or evening person." Bishop also adds, "we have these circadian rhythms within our body. They are hormones that are increasing and decreasing with genes and proteins that are turning on and off in this approximately 24-hour cycle and that's what determines your chronotype."
To find your chronotype-sweet spot, Bishop suggests experimenting with when you workout and trying different times in the day for a couple of weeks. What is also liberating about this is that it puts simplicity back in the driver's seat.
Bishop says that once you’ve found your ideal time, focusing on the basics, like getting sweaty for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, and, turning exercise into a non-negotiable habit is likely to help you find overall health—as opposed to starting and stopping every few weeks.
"The truth is ... most people know their bodies pretty well, so choosing a time of day that will allow you to be as consistent as possible with your exercise is going to be the best idea, rather than trying to adapt yourself to what you think is the best time to exercise."
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For the full article, head to Huffington Post Australia.