Set Your Muscle Body Clock

Set Your Muscle Body Clock Your circadian clock is set by cues including daylight and darkness. The times of day that you eat can also have an impact on this biochemical mechanism, and a new study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise suggests a well-planned exercise program can also harness its power.

Using lab rats to illustrate the point, researchers maintained an environment with 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness. Some of the rats exercised for 2 daylight hours every day for 4 weeks while others had their food restricted. Because the exercising mice showed a shift in skeletal muscle tissue during the planned daily period of exercise, and the dieting group didn't, establishing a set time of day to train may provide performance benefits.

True Strength Moment: Your muscles might respond better to regular changes in your routine, reflecting the Principle of Muscle Confusion. But according to this study, they seem to appreciate your keeping a consistent schedule. If there's a standard time of day competitions in your sport take place, that might be the ideal block of time to set aside for training.
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