The Key to Weight Loss Through Exercise Could Be Picking The Right Time of Day
Research suggests if you really want to make the most of your exercise, you should do it at the same time each day. It's a schedule your body will thank you for.
The US Department of Health and Human Services suggests two and a half hours of moderate physical activity each week is the least we should be doing to keep healthy.
And not just a minute here or there, but at least 10 minutes of heart-pounding exercise in each session.
The secret is to therefore associate exercise with some pre-existing mental 'cue' for an appointment that you won't avoid, reducing the effort required if you had to plan an activity and then motivate yourself to see it through.
"Repeatedly exercising in the presence of consistent cues, such as at the same time of day or in the same location, may help to establish cue exercise relationships," write the researchers.
It's hard, especially for busy folks, but getting your 150 minutes a week is important. Pick a time and stick to it.