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The Best Time of Day to Walk and Exercise - Afternoon

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Updated September 14, 2013

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Afternoon Walkers

Afternoon Walkers

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Research shows that afternoon (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) is the best time to exercise for both endurance and for building muscle.

Pros:
• For most people, body temperature and hormone levels peak at 6 p.m. Exercising 3 hours before or after the peak will give you your best workout for both endurance and building muscle.
• Research shows lung function is best at 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• Muscles are warm and flexible.
• Lowest perceived exertion of the day: You can exert yourself more while feeling it less, so you may be able to workout harder or faster in the afternoon.
• Afternoon exercise can help regulate the amount of food you feel like eating for dinner.
• Stress relief after a day at work, school, or home.

Cons:
• Distractions and other commitments may keep you from walking and exercising at the appointed times.

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