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Morning or Afternoon Exercise: Which Time of Day Provides the Most Benefits?

Mar 16, 2021
Editor: David L. Joffe, BSPharm, CDE, FACA

Author: Alexis Dunn, PharmD. Candidate, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Is there a difference in the effect on glucose control and metabolic health when people exercise in the morning vs. in the afternoon?

Exercising is essential in managing glucose control because insulin sensitivity and glucose levels improve. Recent studies have shown that the circadian rhythm affects glucose levels, and one study showed that exercising in the afternoon for two weeks with high intensity produced a shorter duration of improved glucose control. However, there is a lack of studies observing the more prolonged improvement of metabolic health with exercise during a specific time of day....


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