What is the best time to exercise?


Are you a morning person or an evening person?


Morning people can spring out of bed ready for an early start and they are likely to live by the maxim that “the early bird catches the worm “. They will undertake their exercises before going to work and feel a certain self-satisfaction for having done so. They will also feel ready for the day ahead.


For others, leaping out of bed and going for exercise is something that is alien to them. They need that first coffee of the day before they feel human! So, for them, exercising at lunchtime or in the evening is more realistic and more likely to happen.


But does it matter? Are there advantages to exercising in the morning as opposed to the evening? We looked into it:

Morning people.

Those who exercise in the morning believes that it is an easier discipline to maintain. Making it the first task of the means that it is done, out of the way and they can move on Events of the day can often lead to a work out, or gym visit being put off – or so they believed.


There is research that suggests that early morning exercise is a great way to fire up the brain and increase alertness, and interestingly, reduced the potential for depression.


There is a simple reason for this – Endorphins.


Endorphins are a natural drug produced by the body during exercise that trigger a positive feeling in the body producing a more optimistic and energetic belief about yourself


There are those that will say that early morning exercise such as this kickstarts their day and makes them feel ready to take on anything that the day may throw at them – a positivity that will make the individual more productive.


Non-morning people

If you are not one of those who can cope with the thought of a run, a visit to the gym, or a bike ride first thing in the morning then don’t despair.


Did you know that muscle tone and body temperature begin to rise from 3 o’clock onwards? This makes afternoon the best time for strength training of vigourous exercise such as intense indoor cycling.


The afternoon is also when reaction time and flexibility are at a peak and this reduces the risk of injury.


However, be aware that exercise raises our core temperature, so exercise taken within four hours of bedtime could potentially make getting to sleep more difficult.


However different people experience different reactions therefore our conclusion would be that the best time to exercise is when it suits you, and when you feel you get the best out of the time spent exercising

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Tackling Millennials and Their Health.


When you look at the health statistics of millennials, you’ll see an increase in the number of diseases being reported. There are two schools of thought to approach the matter.

One, is that we have more access to information and technology, thus, we are bound to notice diseases and conditions that had not been documented before. The second line of thought is; with the world constantly changing –especially in how we relate, communicate, and generally interact with each other- diseases are changing and morphing into new strains, subsequently, forming novel illnesses.   

Whichever line of thought you subscribe to, it is evident that diseases will only continue to rise among the millennials and younger generations. Albeit, it is worrying to see that the youth are less and less insured medically. According to a study conducted by the United States Census Bureau, millennials are the least covered group in medical insurance.   

Here are some of the reasons why millennials will face graver illnesses than their problems. Moreover, we’ll delve on what you can do to mitigate the situation.  

Sight problems  

 If you’re a millennial reading this, you probably grew up being told not to sit too close to the television. However, with the advancement of technology, you have access to multiple gadgets. Chances are you spend most of the time staring at your phone, iPad, computer, and the myriad other gadgets you have at your disposal. However, many of these gadgets emit damaging blue light that could cause eyesight problems.   

The remedy to blue light is quite simple; reduce the amount of time you spend on your phone. Try and do more activities that don’t require you to look at a screen. If that is hard to achieve, you may also invest in blue-light blocking glasses. You can also download apps that help filter the amount of blue light reaching your eyes.   

Hearing impairment    

For past generations, losing your hearing was a sign of aging. While going deaf is still considered a symptom of growing old, the number of young people experiencing hearing problems is on the rise.

The cause is pretty clear, everywhere you look, you will see millennials with earphones. There’s an upsurge of young people who are choosing to listen to audiobooks, podcasts, and even music. The apps and software to access these platforms are not only on the rise, but they are also a favourite among the youth.     

This constant blasting of sound so close to the ears –mostly through unsafe earphones- is what is causing the millennial generation to suffer from hearing problems. The cure to this too, is quite simple. Minimize the amount of time you spend with earphone plugged in!

If this is not a feasible solution, ensure you buy quality earphones and put the volume at a decent level. It is also advised to visit an ENT doctor every so often.   

 Skin cancer   

In the medical field, cancer is a relatively new disease. Perhaps it has always been there, and we’re only catching up with ways to detect it. Whatever the case, there’s a surge of cancer cases around the globe.

With millennials, one of the most recurring types of cancer is skin cancer. This could be attributed to environmental changes and ecological degradation, as well as lifestyle decisions.

Fortunately, the majority of millennials are obsessed with their skin and looks. Thus, they are more likely to notice signs of skin cancer in the early stages.   

There’s a lot you can do to ensure you’re safe from skin cancer, and most types of cancers. Most of these remedies include changing your lifestyle choices, as well as taking intentional steps to ensure your skin is protected.

Such steps include applying sunscreen and visiting a dermatologist when you notice something is amiss.   

Depression and anxiety   

Everyone seems to be more private. As a result, there are more and more lonely people. To millennials, this lonesome state could sprout an array of issues, top of the pack being depression.

Anxiety is also mounting and millennials are trying to reach an ever-rising standard. When neglected, anxiety and depression can lead to self-harm, isolation, and even suicide.   

To mitigate the number of millennials suffering from depression and anxiety, a new approach is needed. Every young person should be able to express themselves without ridicule and hate from others. Legal action can be taken on trolls and cyber bullies.

Most importantly, we, as a community, need to create a space where everyone is free to express themselves without worrying about what the masses will think.  In this new world, there are untold worries and conditions that could affect the millennials.

On the flip side, however, there are ready solutions in the ever innovative world. It is our job as the community to ensure that each young person has access to the right information and healthcare. Millennials and their health should be an ardent topic; it ensures a brighter tomorrow for the upcoming generations. 

Mayfair we care.


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