What time of day should you run to lose weight?

Helen Child blogs about the best time of day to run for weight loss

It is widely known that running is one of the best ways to lose weight.

Running best in morning or evening? Helen child

Running can burn a lot of calories in a relatively short amount of time.

However, the time of day that people go for a run is not something that is often considered on a daily basis.

Usually it is dictated by external factors such as what plans you have for the day, what time you wake up or even what time you have the motivation to do exercise. Because of work and other commitments people tend to run either in the morning or the evening.

There are a number of advantages and disadvantages to running at these times of day.

The Benefits to Running in the Morning

  • Whilst breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you will find that if you are looking to burn more calories going for a run on an empty stomach before breakfast can help you burn more calories. It also means that when you do have breakfast the after burn of your workout will allow your body to continue burning calories.
  • Whether you go to the gym or run outdoors you will find that it is a lot quieter in both environments first thing in the morning. Later in the day you will find that you will hit peak times are your workout might not be as enjoyable.
  • Getting up in the morning and working out comes with a sense of achievement that you don’t get during the rest of the day. By exercising early you are setting yourself up for a healthier day both mentally and physically.

The Disadvantages to Running in the Morning

  • A lot of people find it hard to stick to a routine of getting up early and exercising. You may find that if you aren’t getting enough sleep you won’t get up in time and will struggle to have consistency.
  • If you don’t want to work out alone you will struggle to find someone who is committed to getting up every morning to go for a run. Whilst initially they may feel motivated to do it, when it comes down to it they are more likely to drop out then they would in the evening.
  • You are more likely to injure yourself in the morning from having stiff muscles and still being in a fog of being tired. There is a lot more potential to get injured when you are unable to perform either physically or mentally.
  • If you haven’t eaten since the night before running you may not have enough energy to have a productive workout.



Best times of day for running - helen child

The Benefits of Running in the Afternoon/Evening

  • You tend to have more time to work out in the afternoon or evening as you aren’t rushing to get to work like you are in the morning.
  • You may have a lot more motivation mentally the run in the evening when you have more energy as opposed to first thing in the morning.
  • At this time of day, your body temperature is usually at its peak and you are able to perform better as a result.

Disadvantages of Running in the Afternoon/Evening

  • After a long day you may find it hard to find the motivation to go for a run especially in the winter time when it gets colder and darker a lot earlier.
  • Often people will struggle to get to sleep if they workout in the evening due to the burst of energy they have post run.
  • Arguably it is a lot more dangerous to work out in the evening especially if you run outdoors. There are a lot of dangers that the people and vehicles around you pose so it is advisable that someone is aware of where you are and that you have high visibility clothing on.





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