For all you runners out there, I am sure you have a preferable time of the day that you like to run. What is the best time for a run? This actually depends on you because everyone has different routines and there are advantages for every time slot. However, there is a certain period of the day which is technically the best time for a run. Read on to find out which is it.
What better way to begin every day by simply waking up and going for a run to jump start your day. A quick 30 mins run in the morning is going to leave you feeling energized and all ready to tackle the rest of the day with more enthusiasm. Furthermore, running in the morning is a good test of your mental strengths as it is so hard to wake up sometimes. Successful people like Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Branson run as part of their morning rituals, so you can tell how important morning runs are.
Fret not for people who work 9 to 5, you can actually do a lunch-time run if you prepare in advance. A midday run may sound troublesome but it is very doable. Simply prepare a light snack to consume 1 hour in advance before your run, and you will have plenty of lunch time left for a good run + wash up. Furthermore, a run will make you more productive in the afternoon at work and finish the day feeling full of energy. And you know what is the best part? It doesn’t eat into your free time because you are basically running during working hours!
There are many scientific proofs that mid to late afternoon timing is whereby your body is at your most optimal condition. Hence, you can technically say that evening is the best time for a run. At the same time, this could also be the most mentally tiring for most people because of the long day at work. In the end, most people gave up running during the evenings because they just could not find the motivation to do so after work. On the contrary, do you know that a run at this time can be very useful to help you unwind and de-stress instead? At night, you will be in an even better condition/mood to spend more quality time with your family.
Running at night may be necessary for people who ends the work day late. Night runs are pretty awesome because it is the coolest time of the day with the least amount of people on your favourite routes. For runners who doesn’t like too much sun or suffer from heat exhaustion easily, night runs offer you a different and magical view of your surroundings. A night run is also a soothing way to end the day. However, please remember to choose a running route that is safe and well lit to avoid unnecessary injuries.
Sticking to the same running timing every time can be beneficial in the long run. This helps you to build up a habit whereby you are comfortable to run at that particular timing. After a while, you will realize your body is telling you to run automatically despite not thinking about it. It’s not the run that is hard, it’s the discipline!
Personally, my usual running time is during the evenings between 6 to 7pm. To be honest, I would have preferred to start my day with a run but I am having difficulties waking up so far 😛 Do share with me any tips in the comments below on how to begin my morning runs. For the rest of you runners, what is your best time for a run? Do let me know what you think as well by commenting below.
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