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
-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
-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.