Although mice and humans share many characteristics, it’s important to note that rodents are nocturnal and differ from humans in many ways.
The findings come after a previous study published last year in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology concluded that exercising between the hours of 8am and 11am was associated with the lowest risk of heart disease and stroke.
Study author Gali Albalak of Leiden University Medical Center said: “Our findings add to the evidence on the health benefits of being physically active by suggesting that morning activity, and especially late morning, may be the most advantageous. ”
While a separate study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that older people who exercise in the morning improve cognitive performance at the end of the day.
Lead author Michael Wheeler of the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute commented:“This study highlights how relatively simple changes to your daily routine could have a significant benefit to your cognitive health.”
“It also reveals that one day we may be able to do specific types of exercise to enhance specific cognitive skills such as memory or learning.”