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Late (intensive) exercise


Exercise is generally considered helpful for insulin resistance and metabolic health. However, late-evening intensive exercise can activate the body’s fight and flight system and dampen the repair and recovery system.

Ideally intensive exercise should occur in the morning or afternoon, whilst lighter non-strenuous exercise can be enjoyed in the evening.

To improve health consider

  • If exercising in the evening, try to make it relaxing and enjoyable rather than intensive.
  • Where possible undertake all strenuous exercise in the morning or early afternoon.


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