Most people know that working out is good for you, but fewer are aware of its diverse range of benefits. From improving your mood and mental health, preventing some diseases and cancers, increasing lifespan1, helping you get more sleep2 and upping energy3, exercise really is the wonder-drug that’s been there all along.
We explored anonymized data from hundreds of thousands of members of the UP community who log workouts in order to try and see how UP users exercise.
CONSISTENT EXERCISERS WORK OUT MORE IN THE MORNINGS
UP users who consistently log at least 3 workouts a week tend to exercise at different times than users who do not work out consistently. Studies have suggested that people can better maintain consistent workout habits if they get their workout in during the early hours, due to increased willpower in the mornings4 and fewer distractions—and our data agrees.
WORKING OUT = HAPPY PEOPLE
When we looked at users who log workouts and their moods (over the past year), we noticed that people who work out more often are happier .
When we further separated people by whether they had or hadn’t worked on a specific day, we also found that everyone, regardless of existing exercise frequency, is happier on days they do work out.
HOW AND WHEN DO YOU WORKOUT?
If we dive deeper into different workout styles, other interesting patterns emerge. Our previous blog post compared workout patterns between different days of the week. Here we break it down by time of day. Activities like running, weight-lifting, and elliptical-ing follow the same general pattern of a morning spike between 6am and 9am, a midday dip, and a large spike between 5pm and 6pm. Yoga and Pilates have larger spikes specifically at 9am and 6pm, corresponding to popular class times for these activities. Zumba also has these spikes, but they are much larger – perhaps because while yoga can be practiced outside of a class, Zumba is almost always done within one. Skiing has a large spike at 10am, when most ski slopes open, and hiking is a slow progression that’s pretty even between noon and 6pm. Basketball and soccer are much more common in the evening hours.
Try to see where you fit in on the following graph of workouts and times people do them (click an activity on the righthand side of the graph to display or hide it):
The benefits of working out are clear both in the literature and in our data. Try to set aside a half hour sometime in your day for any type of exercise—your body will thank you!
Technical Notes: The data for consistent/non-consistent workout times & moods was taken from the past year of workout data and all analyses used anonymized data from hundreds of thousands of users. For the analysis comparing workout times of consistent/non-consistent people, someone was classified as “consistent” if they had worked out 3 or more times a week for 70% or more of all the weeks in the past year. For the mood analysis, someone was classified as “usually works out x times a week” if they worked out during 70% or more of all weeks in the past year and their average number of workouts per week was x.