The Best Time of Day to Run, According to Science

Time: 2017-10-09

The Best Time of Day to Run,According to Science

-Make the Most of Your Miles

Look: Your schedule is your schedule. Sometimes,the hour of the day you go for a run isout of your control. But according to science, there are a multitude of reasonswhy the early evening is actually the best time of day to pound the pavement.Read on for the full explanation.

-At Night, You're Much Less Injury-Prone

When you roll outof bed first thing in the morning after several hours of sleep, your muscles tend to be stiff from a lack of movement. This means that—unless you take timeto stretch—you're much more likely to strain something during a morning run. Onthe flip side, in the evening, your core temperature is elevated and your bodyis primed to respond to terrain changes (like that quarter mile that's alluphill).

-You're Also More Likely to Lose Weight

The hormones that fuel your metabolism take time to rev up in the morning after fasting allnight, but running before dinner (when your metabolism is fully functional)helps your body continue to burn calories well into the night. There's also apsychological benefit to an evening run. Think about it: If you ran five miles,you're probably a lot less likely to sabotage your efforts by eating junk.

-Keeping Your Pace Won't Be As Hard

Lung function is 6 percent better in the evening than in the morning, according to arecent study. For runners,this means better pacing and an improved per mile speed.

-You Can Say Buh-Bye to Pent-Up Stress

The best cure fora tough day at the office/with the kids/working from home is a nighttime run.It's commonly known that exercise gives you a major endorphin rush, which does more than just improve your mood. It helps you relax.

-You'll Also Get a Better Night's Sleep

Remember that zenstate you felt right after your p.m. jog? It could be the ticket to blissfulslumber, too. A University of California study found that people who exercise at night are able tozonk out a mere 30 minutes after their workout possibly due to reduced blood pressure and muscle tension after running.

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