Runners and other athletes always want to make the most out of their workouts and a common question that many trainers get asked is what is the best time of day for running? Will early morning runs benefit you more than running after work or does it really matter? Let’s get to the bottom of this mystery so that you can make the most out of your workout.
What type of exercise you’re doing matters
Aerobic exercises like running or cycling can be done pretty much anytime of the day with little or no problems. If you’re the early bird then put on your running shoes and go catch that worm. If you prefer to run in the evening to get rid of the stresses of the day, then by all means have at it.
If you are doing resistance training, perhaps in addition to your running that’s something else entirely. Weight training affects your central nervous system far more than running does and first thing in the morning you may find yourself sluggish and not wanting to work out. You may also find yourself not as strong as in the afternoon, that’s perfectly normal and it will vary with each individual. You may just find that later in the day just works better for you.
Your lifestyle is a factor
What kind of work you do may also impact your running. For example if your job requires lots of standing then you may find yourself too fatigued to go running in the evenings. Mornings may be better suited to you even if you are not really much of a morning person. Your body will adjust and you will still have a better run that after you have been standing all day.
Which do you prefer?
You may have to look to your body and figure out when you perform at your best. Morning people will do great first thing in the morning while others would much rather have that extra hour of sleep. Don’t get caught up in “what you should do” and listen more to what you feel better doing. Results are what you want to rely on rather than some internet guru who has never met you.
As long as you manage to get in a run a couple of times per week, whether you do it in the evening or you are up at the crack of dawn shouldn’t matter in the least.