Best Running Time (of day)

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Hey there, I am pretty fit, just wanting to up my fitness even more. I was wandering what people think about running first thing in the morning (before breakfast). I normally run in the afternoon/evening, and just wandered if being on an empty stomach makes it harder or makes you feel weak/sick etc???
 

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yeah *text deleted* running in the morning before you eat is definately better! it boosts your metabolism, this means your digestive system is working more efficiently and burns off more calories! but it doesnt matter! just go with whatever you are most comfortable with!

*text deleted* been running on average 15-20 miles a week for about 8 month and i always go for a run between 4/6pm after *text deleted* been in the gym!
 

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Yeah running on an empty stomach does make you feel a bit ill as your body is forced to burn only fat cells for energy, can make you feel nauseas. I mix my morning runs some i will have some oats or cereal before running others I go without anything.
 

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Run at the crack of dawn i've been told, its good especially if you live in a city, the streets are dead and the airs cleaner because theres no cars out.
 

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Aye that's true. It's nice and quiet and you can have a nice route. By waking up so early is a bit of a killer for (me). There was a period where I was waking up at 4 - 5 and damn I felt bad. Like an hour after I had run I could barely stay awake! But when it came to going sleep at night I couldn't bloody get sleep!

Running at night (before dinner), can actually be quite good. Sometimes I have that really energetic feeling. But gym in the morning (not early).
 

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I run at about 8pm at night, tonight I went at 9, much prefer it at that time.
 

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apparently testosterone levels are at the highest in the am meaning that men are better at anaerobic exercise in the am (circuits) and get more gain from it, but it's all horses for courses really.
 

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Testosterone is definetly higher in the mornings otherwise how would you explain my morning glory everytime i wake up!!:bigsmile:
 

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yeah *text deleted* running in the morning before you eat is definately better! it boosts your metabolism, this means your digestive system is working more efficiently and burns off more calories! but it doesnt matter! just go with whatever you are most comfortable with!

*text deleted* been running on average 15-20 miles a week for about 8 month and i always go for a run between 4/6pm after *text deleted* been in the gym!

I'd say this is very bad advice. I'll assume your running to get fit for the marines and improve your performance. So, would you explain to me how not eating for 8 hours prior to exercise is going to make you run faster?

Also, running in the morning before eating will ultimately slow your metabolism. This is because there are no carbohydrates to be used as fuel, as you haven't eaten since yesterday. This leaves Fat and Amino acids to be used as fuel. And guess where the amino acids are broken down from. And guess what increases your metabolism. (Amino acids are broken down from muscle and the more muscle you have, the higher your maintenance calories)

So basically to maximise performance, fitness and well-being, be sensible and fuel your exercise.
 

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i could'nt have put that better, i don't know how you can run on an empty stomach.
 

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So baiscally what your trying to say is, its okay to run in the morning but have somebreakfast before hand, OR forget morninga nd run in the evening?
 

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So becuas im abit fatty in places and im training to loose weight, should i be running on empty stomach? so then my body takkes all the fat for fuel?

i feel better running on a empty stomach (say lunch time have food, 5pm have a run) then getting home and having jacket potatoes and beans *text deleted*

seems to work well and the fat is falling off
 

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Yes run whenever, but to do anything at peak performance you need readily available energy (Carbohydrate). If eating in the morning is a problem, a peice of fruit and a Lucozade Sport would be good - or two.

If you are overweight then fasted cardio is an option, but for performance and fitness it is one step forward two steps back.
 

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So baiscally what your trying to say is, its okay to run in the morning but have somebreakfast before hand, OR forget morninga nd run in the evening?

yeh have a good breakfast - porridge and other oats normally do me good, chuck in some fruit as well. Or if im going for a big run i stock up on toast, eggs and beans which keeps me goin for a while. Give it 45 mins to an hour after you eat then start running.
 

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So becuas im abit fatty in places and im training to loose weight, should i be running on empty stomach? so then my body takkes all the fat for fuel?

i feel better running on a empty stomach (say lunch time have food, 5pm have a run) then getting home and having jacket potatoes and beans *text deleted*

seems to work well and the fat is falling off

yeh, just keep eating normaly and sensibly and you should lose fat and gain muscle at the same time, no need to starve yourself or not eat before a run because that can be very unhealthy
 

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yeh have a good breakfast - porridge and other oats normally do me good, chuck in some fruit as well. Or if im going for a big run i stock up on toast, eggs and beans which keeps me goin for a while. Give it 45 mins to an hour after you eat then start running.

Yeah I'd eat porridge but I can't digest it, *text deleted**text deleted*s my digestive system over.
 

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Yeah I'd eat porridge but I can't digest it, *text deleted**text deleted*s my digestive system over.

yeh i know what you mean, i have a problem with wheatabix, it goes straight through me *text deleted* :flushed:
 
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