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Working Out At This Time Of Day Could Reduce Insulin Resistance Up To 25%

If your personal goal is to reduce insulin resistance (which can help you maintain a healthy weight), a new study from Diabetologia reveals that moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) in the afternoon or evening is the best way to do just that.

The study design.

Curious whether timing of physical activity had an impact on insulin resistance, researchers assessed sedentary time, breaks in sedentary time, intensity of physical activity, and liver fat content in 755 middle-aged women and men from the Netherlands Epidemiology of Obesity (NEO) study.

Participants were sorted into four different groups based on the time of day they were most active:

Morning (6 a.m. to noon)Afternoon (noon to 6 p.m.)Evening (6 p.m. to midnight)Evenly distributed MVPA throughout the day
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How physical activity affects insulin resistance.

The study found that both total physical activity (we’re talking the moderate to vigorous kind) and timing of physical activity reduced insulin resistance (but not liver fat content). However, working out in the afternoon and evening reduced insulin resistance up to 25% when compared to an evenly distributed physical activity throughout the day.

Interestingly, light physical activity, lower amount of sedentary time, and more breaks in sedentary time did not show a reduction in liver fat content or insulin resistance.

The takeaway.

The results of this study suggest that timing and intensity of physical activity are the most important factors when attempting to reduce insulin resistance. Specifically, partaking in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in the afternoon or evening is the most effective way to reduce insulin resistance.

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