If you want to find your best time of day for running, I recommend that you try different times of day – and try them more than once. This will give you an opportunity to feel how your body responds at different times of day. By trying a certain time of day more than once you will make sure you didn’t rule out a time just because you tried it on an off day.
After hearing this, the question most people ask is a variation on: “But isn’t there a time of day when I will get the most benefit out of the effort I put into running – when I will burn more fat, get maximum cardiovascular benefit, strengthen my muscles the most, etc.”. To answer it simply – no.
Your maximum benefit comes from doing exercise consistently – and you are more likely to do that if you feel good. Put another way – you are least likely to be consistent about running if you try to do it at the time of day where it feels the worst, you “feel” the least benefit, and it fits the worst in your schedule.
Coming up we’ll look at the question of how to get maximum metabolic benefit from your running in order to address the question:
Isn’t the morning when you will the biggest benefit from running; i.e. your metabolism will slowly ramp down after your run throughout the morning and you’ll burn calories for a longer period of time?
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