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There is a long list of reasons to jog. Jogging reduces your risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, some cancers and obesity, according to MayoClinic.com. Jogging also increases your stamina, boosts your mood and lengthens your life span. If time of day prevents you from getting out and going for a jog, experts agree that there isn't one time of day that is significantly better for everyone. So if you prefer jogging in the evening, go for it -- the most important thing is to get out there and get moving.
If you're jogging in the evening as sunlight wanes, you might be more exposed to safety hazards. Fatigued drivers on their way home from a long day at work or at school and lack of visibility are factors to consider when jogging in the evening. Carry a cellphone, run with a buddy, turn off the music and stay alert if you're worried about your personal safety but prefer to jog in the evening.
In general, those who exercise regularly have fewer sleep problems, but it's best to avoid jogging for at least three hours before going to bed. Aerobic activity such as jogging makes you more alert and raises your body temperature. Engaging in aerobic exercise that increases your body temperature can interfere with your body's ability to relax and fall asleep.
Aerobic exercise raises metabolism, and your body continues to burn calories at a higher rate after exercise than before exercise. Jogging in the morning gives your body more time during the day to burn calories at this increased rate than jogging in the evening just hours before your body slows down for sleep.
Those who jog in the morning usually need to spend more time warming up cold muscles than evening joggers -- late-day joggers are already loosened up. Another advantage to jogging in the evening is it's an opportunity to unwind and let go of stress at the end of the day. You're also less likely to be pressed for time jogging in the evening versus the morning -- if you decide to take it slow one day, there are no worries about being late to work, and if you decide to add an extra mile to your routine, you won't make anyone late for the carpool.