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Live Like A Clock: How Routine Aids Performance

  • By Jeff Gaudette
  • Published Nov. 20, 2013
  • Updated Nov. 20, 2013 at 11:23 AM UTC

Adaptation=Optimization

While running in the afternoon has been proven to be the most ideal time for maximal efforts, research has shown that when athletes exercise at the same time each day, the body responds by optimizing performance during those hours.

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This means that if you run at the same time each morning, even if it is early in the morning, your body will adapt over time to help you perform your best. However, if you constantly fluctuate the time of day you run, you lose this potential benefit and will increase the frequency of sluggish workouts or days where you just feel off.

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Jeff Gaudette

Jeff Gaudette

Jeff has been running for 13 years, at all levels of the sport. He was a two time Division-I All-American in Cross Country while at Brown University and competed professionally for 4 years after college for the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project. Jeff's writing has been featured in Running Times magazine, Endurance Magazine, as well as numerous local magazine fitness columns.

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