Talk about frustrating. You’ve done exactly what everyone has been nagging you to do. It wasn’t easy, but you’ve managed to make exercise a regular part of your routine.
You’re still not a fan, of course. But you regularly strap on the tennis shoes, huff, puff, and sweat your way through your routine.
And what do you get for all your efforts? Well, according to one new study, possibly a heart attack.
Yes, you read that right. New research concludes that the very thing supposed to help your heart could cause it to seize up on you instead.
According to the new study, your chances of experiencing a heart attack can go UP with exercise in one specific situation.
But wait, that doesn’t mean you should give up on exercise, though. This isn’t an excuse to quit this good habit. Instead, you should make this one change that will allow you to reap all the exercise rewards without having to face an extra heart risk.
And as you’ll see in a moment, the huffing, puffing, and sweating are entirely optional. Because you can enjoy the life-extending benefits of exercise with far less effort than you might imagine.
Heart attack risk tied to timing
To be clear, regular activity IS good. Movement IS beneficial. And exercise IS healthy, even if you choose to keep it light and easy.
But the new study shows how, in some cases, TIMING could be everything for men with type 2 diabetes and heart attack risk.
Exercise at the right time, and you can reap all of the rewards you’ve heard so much about. That includes better strength and stamina as you age. As well as more focus and energy… lower blood pressure… and, of course, maximum protection for your heart.
But exercise at the wrong time, and… well… the truth is, in most cases, you’ll STILL be perfectly fine. And you’ll continue to enjoy all of those life-enhancing benefits.
But there could also be a slight rise in your risk of a heart attack or other serious heart problems, at least in men, according to the new study.
The MOST DANGEROUS time to exercise is…
Researchers had men and women with diabetes wear devices that tracked when, how, and how much they moved. Then they put them through the paces of a thorough exam to get a sense of their overall cardiovascular risk based on what’s known as the Framingham Risk Score.
That’s a big-picture look at how likely it is that you’ll develop coronary heart disease over the next four years. And as it turned out, guys who did their exercises in the morning had worse scores raising their risk for a heart attack.
Ladies, it looks like you’re off the hook. Timing didn’t appear to make a difference for the women. So go ahead and fit in your exercise any time you like.
Guys, you should slip in some extra movement whenever it’s the best time for you too. Because if the morning is the only time you have available for exercise, the benefits still outweigh any extra risk in the long run.
But in the interest of keeping your heart attack risk as low as possible, if you have a choice, you might want to move your exercise routine to the afternoon or evening.
However, keep in mind, you don’t have to do anything painful or super strenuous to reap exercise rewards. It’s not necessary to join a gym, run, or lift hundred-pound weights for the benefits to begin kicking in.
In fact, even a brisk walk will do the trick. But to get the most out of that simple stroll, check out the walking tips I’ve put together in this free special report.