Don’t feel bad about hitting the snooze button, because science basically told us it’s worth it.
Yes, rising with the sun to melt fat is a great workout, but not everyone has to do it. Truth be told, sleeping in and skipping that early gym session may be in your favor, and could lead to a more effective workout later in the day. Researchers from the University of Birmingham discovered your sleep pattern indicates the best time to sweat.
The study, published in the journal Cell, logged 20 athletes’ running times between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Here’s what they found:
-Early risers performed best at 12 p.m.
-Midway risers peaked around 4 p.m.
-Night owls topped at 8 p.m.
Not sure which category you fall under? Think about how long it takes you to feel fully awake, says lead researcher Dr. Roland Brandstaetter.
“Timing was particularly important for night owls, who did 26 percent worse if forced to exercise first thing in the morning” the daily mail reports.
If the mere thought of lifting weights at the crack of dawn makes you weary — ignore the dreadful alarm sound. Hitting the gym at night is better for you anyway.