Running or jogging is one of the most popular forms of physical activity. They are two forms of aerobic exercise. Running is an appealing exercise because it takes a lot to do it. You can do it for fun, as a sport by participating in athletics races or marathons, or just as a way to clear your mind.
The best part of running or jogging is all the benefits it brings to our health. To mention a few, it offers the chance to build stronger bones, strengthens the muscles, improves cardiovascular health, and, of course, it helps maintain a healthy weight.
Certainly, in order for us to enjoy all these benefits, we need to incorporate running as a regular routine into our lives. Okay, maybe you’re already thinking of starting running, but when to do it? When is it better: in the morning, afternoon or at night?
Hesitate no more, for I’m here to give you answers: you can actually run at any time that best suits you. For this, I bring to you the benefits and disadvantages of running during the morning, the afternoon, and at night. Let’s check them out…
Running In The Morning
What a way to start your day off right, huh? Running in the morning will give your body the perfect dose of oxygen to burn more calories. This is because the high amount of oxygen in the morning makes it easier to breathe.
The disadvantage? Well, running at this time of the day can be harder than at any other time. How come? Right after you wake up and stand up, your joints can still be quite stiff, and the muscles are often tense and inflexible. This means that you will not have good coordination or sufficient control over your muscles while running. But don’t worry, you can always warm your body up before going for a run. Just keep it dynamic.
Besides, avoid high-intensity interval training if you are going to train in the morning: at that time your body is not prepared to withstand such intensity and turn it into performance, so the risk of injury is very high. This also happens after a long nap.
And don’t forget to keep hydrated because your body loses a lot of water while you sleep, so it is very important to compensate for this loss before training.
Running At Noon
Surprisingly as it may sound, midday is the time of day with the best conditions for high-intensity running sessions. Your energy reserves are at 100% and your body is not very tired yet. So it is the ideal time to do high intensity workouts: at noon the body can handle speed sessions especially well.
What are the disadvantages though? Running after having a meal can be very arduous. Depending on what you’ve had for breakfast, your body would need more or less time to digest it. In order to avoid digestive problems, stomach cramps, for example, during high-intensity interval training (HIIT) I recommend you follow these tips:
- Wait at least 30 minutes after you’ve eaten something before you go for a run.
- If you’ve eaten a lot, then you should wait for 1.5 to 2 hours before running.
- Try training before lunch. But remember, running without eating can be harder because your energy reserves are not fully full.
Running At Night
If you’re looking for a relaxing space and you decide to go for a run to achieve it, then the afternoon is the best time for you. Training at this time of the day helps you regain your peace of mind after a busy day. Since the body is already in gear, you don’t need to warm up as much as you do in the morning, and calm workouts in the afternoon stimulate fat burning at night.
The disadvantage is that it can make you struggle at the time you go to sleep. This will only happen if you do high-intensity workouts at this time of the day though. Because they make it difficult to rest because the body fills up with energy with physical exercise.
So, Which One Is Better?
Any time is best according to your personal goals. So plan your workouts based on what you want to achieve and your daily routine. After all, each moment of the day has its advantages and disadvantages. But remember to always warm up well before you go for a run, it doesn’t matter at what time you decide.