Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

I know so many business owners who get up at the time of the morning I call night, in order to get to the gym.

4.30 in the morning. Or 5.

It strikes me as slightly lunatic to get on a bike or lift a recalcitrant barbell at that time of day.

Now I have science to back me up.

A bracing new study from the University of California, Irvine has declared a winner in the When Should I Exercise? race.

Paolo Sassone-Corsi, PhD, Donald Bren Professor and director of the Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism at UCI's School of Medicine, made the seemingly definitive statement: 

We discovered that exercising at the correct time of day -- around mid-morning -- results in more oxygen in the cells and a more rejuvenating effect on the body.

Mid-Morning.

The very time when so many businesspeople are mired in meetings.

This is simply cruel.

How, though, did the researchers come to their conclusions? Why, they oberserved mice and the effects of exercise on their skeletal muscle metabolism.

It seems that mid-morning exercise "resulted in higher utilization of carbohydrates and ketone bodies, as well as the breakdown of fats and amino acids."

I still worry.

You see, recently I wrote about another fine study about exercise.

This, from Charles Stuart University in Australia, suggested that working out in the evening was no worse for your productivity or your sleep than doing it at any other time of day.

Indeed, researcher Penny Larsen specifically suggested mornings were the worst time of day to exercise: 

Power output during the sprint efforts was higher for the afternoon and evening trials compared to the morning trial, indicating that participants were able to perform better during latter parts of the day.

Ultimately, you have to find not only what works for your body, but what works for your schedule.

Perfection is a struggle, especially when you have to choose between the best time of day to exercise and the best time of day to make money.

Published on: Apr 20, 2019
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