01/02/2021 by MBC Team

Evening exercises do not interfere with sleep and can even reduce appetite

Tired from working in the office ... Have to cook dinner ... Have to pick up the children from school ... Want to watch your favorite TV series ... The gym is too far away ... Does it sound familiar? With the busy daily life, people find it increasingly difficult to find time to exercise. For many of them, even the thought of training after a busy day can be repulsive enough. The common understanding that high-intensity training should be avoided in the evening because of its effect on sleep further complicates the situation.

A study published in Experimental Physiology suggests that high-intensity exercise performed early in the evening does not adversely affect subsequent sleep and can further reduce the feeling of hunger.

Researchers at Charles Sturt University in Australia tested the effects on sleep and appetite in eleven middle-aged men after training in the morning (6:00 - 7:00), afternoon (14:00 - 16:00) and evening (19:00 - 21:00). Blood samples were taken before and after workout to test for appetite-related hormones, and multiple sleep tests were performed to assess the stages of sleep.

The results show that evening exercise has no detrimental effect on sleep and that afternoon and evening high-intensity workouts are associated with a greater reduction in the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates hunger.

My Body Creator gives its users the opportunity to choose the most convenient time for them to train, according to their individual program, as well as to change it if necessary for the specific day.


The Physiological Society. "Evening exercise will not ruin sleep and might even reduce appetite." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 21 February 2019.