Try various times of day for running

Fitness Q & A

August 01, 2004|By Gailor Large | Gailor Large,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I've heard that people who run in the mornings are more likely to stick with it than those who run later in the day. Is there any disadvantage to running first thing?

Yes, there are a few. It's true that the earlier you run the less likely you are to abandon your exercise plan, but morning joggers face their own set of problems.

Flexibility, strength and body temperature are at their lowest first thing in the morning, so the risk of injury is greater. A thorough warm-up is essential for those who exercise at dawn.

Your best bet is to experiment with morning, daytime and evening runs. While morning runners swear by their routine, daybreak runs are not right for everyone.

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