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Try This Now: Exercise at a Consistent Time for Maximum Benefits

Timing could be the secret weapon to a successful workout routine, a new study finds.

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A recent study has suggested that working out at a regular and consistent time could help to maintain the weight loss achieved by exercising. The study, published in the Journal Obesity, found that scheduling exercise as part of a regular daily routine can have discernible benefits, namely more consistency, regardless of the specific time of day you choose. (The authors didn’t find that any specific times were better for exercise, although there is evidence to suggest that exercising at different times of the day has varied effects.) It also made note that a consistent exercise time alone is not a magic bullet that will immediately lead to weight loss, but should be implemented alongside a healthy diet and high quality sleep. So if you’re struggling with making exercise a habit, start by building a small amount of movement into your morning or lunchtime routine, and expanding from there.

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