Ideal time of day to exercise differs between active men and women

Dig deep and make it count - new research shows that the optimal time of day to burn fat is not the same across the genders

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Exercise has physical and mental health benefits whatever time of day you manage to fit in a workout, but the ideal time of day to maximise on fitness gains may be different for men and women, according to a recent US study. 

Not all of us have scope to shift our routines, but if you do have the choice of jumping on the turbo or heading outside for a ride, before or after work, researchers have found that there are differences in men’s and women’s response to morning and evening exercise.

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Anna Marie Abram
Fitness Features Editor

I’ve been hooked on bikes ever since the age of 12 and my first lap of the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit in the bright yellow kit of the Hillingdon Slipstreamers. For a time, my cycling life centred around racing road and track. 

But that’s since broadened to include multiday two-wheeled, one-sleeping-bag adventures over whatever terrain I happen to meet - with a two-week bikepacking trip from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia being just the latest.

I still enjoy lining up on a start line, though, racing the British Gravel Championships and finding myself on the podium at the enduro-style gravel event, Gritfest in 2022.

Height: 177cm

Weight: 60–63kg