The Best Time of Day to Set a Record Is...?
As the Olympics are well underway in Rio, scientists are asking an interesting question: Do athletes perform better at a certain time of day? If so, what does that mean for the rest of us average joes?
Research shows that circadian rhythm—the sleep-wake cycle—has a profound effect on the way the body functions. It not only governs wakefulness, but also impacts mood and affects appetite. Many studies have shown that circadian rhythm also plays a role in athletic performance.
According to researchers, the best time of day to set records is late afternoon, early evening. Hormones commonly released at that time, as well as various other bodily processes that occur, are thought to improve physical performance. Maybe it’s best to head to the gym after work rather than before...
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