Last week, research revealed that 7.30am is the perfect time to make love, while wine is best enjoyed at 6.10pm. In fact, there’s a best time for everything from swimming to shopping and drinking coffee — but not always when you might expect.
Here, the experts describe the perfect day hour by hour.
RISE AND SHINE
Earlier this year researchers at the University of Bath found that exercising before breakfast burns more fat, because the body taps into fat reserves instead of our most recent meal.
BRUSH YOUR TEETH
GET SEXY OR SUNNY
Conjugal bliss this early? Yes.Male testosterone levels peak in the morning, so sex lasts longer — and women have more energy.
The rush of endorphins sparked by sex lowers blood pressure and also puts you in a better mood. If you’re after a more leisurely activity, 20 minutes in the garden under bright morning light is a ‘potent’ trigger for your metabolism, according to neurologists at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
A two-year study of 509 million tweets found messages sent in the morning were upbeat. As the day wore on, posts showed distress, anger or guilt.
PROBLEMS AND COFFEE
According to experts, we reach our metal peek 3 hours after we wake up
TIME FOR LUNCH
ASK A FAVOUR
People are more generous after lunch, research suggests, so if you’re seeking promotion or want to persuade a friend to babysit, now is a good time to ask.
HAVE A NAP
A SPOT OF PAMPERING
Now is a great time for a manicure or a blow-dry.
WORK ON WILLPOWER
By this time of day, we’ve lost our will-power- try to resist snacks and other temptations
WORK OUT YOUR MUSCLES
Running in the morning is best and working out muscles in the afternoon
DINNER AND A DRINK
LEARN SOMETHING NEW
SNACK AND QUIET TIME
GO TO BED
It takes most of us 20 minutes to drift off, so retiring at 10.10pm allows us to drop off by 10.30pm and get 90 minutes of non-rapid eye movement sleep — the most restorative — before midnight.