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When should I exercise for the ultimate calorie burn?

Ever been to the gym super early because your instructor told you that you burn 20 or 30 per cent calories more at 6am than 6pm?

Most of us have at some point fallen for this claim. Unfortunately it’s a myth. You will burn more calories when your body is at its optimum level for performance. For some it is during the day and for some it is in the evening.

It is all about the individual person with this one. If you are a morning person you will tend to work harder in the early hours than you would in the evening and vice versa. You will burn more calories because you are putting more in to the work out. It is about the intensity.

Not because the clock has magically struck 6am. There has been no scientific evidence to back up the theory that morning exercise is either better for you or will help you burn more calories.

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Picture: Walking your dog is an excellent activity you can do in the morning or the evening and you will be doing the little fella a favour too by making sure they are fit and healthy too.

What past studies have shown however is that some people perform better in the morning and some in the evening. There is no one size fits all approach when it comes to the ultimate calorie burn.

Your body’s circadian rhythm determines whether you’re a night owl or an early bird.

Using your body clock as a guide to when to go for a walk or hit the gym is a good idea.

There are also other factors.

For example, because muscle burns calories and body fat does not, the more lean muscle mass in your body and the less fat, the more calories you will burn during physical activity. Additionally, the more muscle mass you have, the more calories you will burn just sitting in a chair, cooking dinner or sleeping.

The important thing to remember is that as long as you work out consistently and stay nutritionally focused you will not have to contemplate the morning versus evening debate ever again.

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About Suzana Talevski

Suzana Talevski is a television fitness presenter, writer and instructor from Melbourne,Australia. Specialising in functional strength training, Suzana is passionate about exercise being accessible to all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Suzana is also a strong advocate for the promotion of positive body image display in the media and is the author of the blog Strong is Sexy. She is also an internationally certified Les Mills Body Pump instructor and teaches at various Clubs in her home town.

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