A study published in the journal Obesity, stated that consistency of sticking to a set time while exercising can help a person lose weight more easily. The findings of the study also suggested that sticking to the same time lead to higher physical activity levels. This is regardless of whether a person exercised at the same time in the morning, afternoon or evening. In the study, researchers took a total of 375 healthy adults who were successful in maintaining their weight by engaging in regular moderate to vigorous physical activity.
Most of the participants (68 percent) exercised at the same time several days a week, while the rest of the participants exercised at varied times during the week. All the subjects were part of a weight loss registry designed to collect data on the characteristics and behavior patterns of people who successfully lost weight and kept it off.
Findings of the study Those who worked out at the same time of the day logged 4.8 workouts per week on average, compared with 4.4 among people who varied their workout times. This meant that those who had a fixed time of working out were able to work out more than those had different times.
At least one-half of those exercising at the same time of day got 350 minutes of physical activity a week, compared with 285 minutes being the median amount of exercise for those who varied workout times. This too meant that those who exercised at a fixed time could stretch their workout timings more than those who exercised at different times.
It is believed that working out at the same time helps exercise become a habit, which further helps people automatically set aside time for working out.