Lunch Hour Is The New Power Hour!
Shape Malaysia|March 2017

Not only is the new power hour doable, but the latest science shows it may be optimal for your body.

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If you’re sitting at your desk thinking, Should I or shouldn’t I? consider this: Research shows that lunch hour might be the best time of day to exercise. Your strength peaks midday, making it the ideal window to get in a strength-, speed-, or power-based sweat, says study author David W. Hill, Ph.D., at the University of North Texas. The boost may be because your body temperature is higher in the afternoon (a function of your natural circadian rhythms), which in turn means muscles are warmer and chemical reactions might be working faster.

Even better, your body peaks while your health club empties: According to Gold’s Gym data, the lowest gym usage during the week is from 1 to 2 p.m., so you won’t have to fight over equipment or locker-room space. On top of that, a good sweat can make you more productive when you return to the office. Here’s your game plan.

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