Obesity Researchers Reveal the Best Time of the Day to Exercise

Consistency is key.

If you're like most people, the concept of rolling out of bed and immediately hitting the treadmill is unappealing at best and logistically impossible at worst. But, according to a new study published in the journal Obesity, the best time to exercise if you want to keep off those pounds is in the morning.

Those behind the study surveyed 375 adults who had maintained at least 30 pounds of weight loss for a full year and found that they had two things in common: The majority of them (68 percent) exercised at around the same time every day, and nearly half (47.8 percent) completed their workout early in the morning rather than the afternoon or evening.

Being an early exerciser can boost your metabolism, productivity, and energy levels for the rest of the day. It can even help you sleep and become a "morning person," which recent studies have shown yields a lot of health benefits.

Of course, for night owls, the prospect of getting up at 5:30 a.m. and going for a run before heading into the office may feel especially daunting. And since previous research has shown that there are also benefits to working out later in the day, many experts recommend simply choosing whatever time is best for you and sticking to it. Because consistency is key when it comes to maintaining weight loss.

But if you're determined to become an early riser, check out These Four Steps Will Help Night Owls Become Morning People, According to Science.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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