The early morning run – 5 convincing reasons to start now

As you grow older and life gets in the way, you’ll probably agree it can be challenging to keep up with your workout schedule and intensity. Trust me; I get it. I’m often left tired, with little energy after work. However, it is now, more than ever, that we need to exercise to avoid a sedentary, unhealthy lifestyle. This is because as we grow older, our bodies become more susceptible to health challenges. Surprise, surprise, one of the ways to win the battle against obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and other terminal diseases is to engage in regular exercise. And the early morning run can be a real weapon in the war against unhealthiness.

Starting the day can be challenging, however, taking a morning run can be a good idea to beat the early morning blues and squeeze in that much-needed exercise into your schedule. If you are still in doubt, here are five reasons why you should start morning runs from tomorrow.

1. The Morning Run Kick-Starts Your System

What’s better than a cup of strong coffee to start your day? You guessed it, a morning run. A morning run can be an excellent way to jumpstart your body and wake up your system. When you begin your day with exercise, adrenaline is dispensed into your bloodstream early, and your muscles will be primed and ready to go. Morning runs are also a great way to beat stiffness and increase flexibility. On the mental level, you benefit from improved mental alertness, and you’ll catch the early morning sunshine for your dose of Vitamin D (I say as I look out at the typically British bad weather…).

2. The Morning Run Will Elevate Your Metabolism

If you’ve been falling behind in your weight loss goals, then an early morning run is one of the best ways to catch up and trim pounds amid your hectic schedule. I’ve always found running to be one of the best exercises to get in shape. There’s plenty of research showing that starting the day with exercise helps your body’s metabolism and fat-burning processes to peak. This peak metabolism is maintained throughout the day and leaves your body burning calories at increased rates, even when you enter a resting cycle. So, even when you down your post-run meal, your body will burn as many calories as possible but still leave you with the nutrients and vitamins.

3. The Morning Run Will Create A Routine

For those who have problems creating time to workout during the day, early mornings are available to help. By creating a habit of exercising before the day officially starts, you’ll quickly find a manageable routine. I admit, the first few mornings will be grim, but once you’ve settled into a routine, you will find it as easy as brushing your teeth.

4. The Morning Run Improves Sleep

For people who have trouble getting a good nights sleep, the morning run can actually result in significant improvements. After a morning run, you’ll most likely be out and about for the rest of the day. As the day wears on, you’ll naturally begin to feel more tired and fatigued, and when you get back home, you’ll find yourself craving sleep more. Exercise also serves as an excellent method for relaxing, which is great if you struggle to sleep due to stress.

5. The Morning Run Gives You Serenity

Leading on from the point above, one of the advantages of taking morning runs is the calm and serenity you get before the everyday hustle and bustle begins. Morning runners are more likely to be happier throughout the day, have more energy, and be more productive.

So, there are five pretty decent benefits. Now here are some tips to make the morning run an easy habit:

  • Get your running gear ready beforehand
  • Set up an alarm
  • Prepare your pre-workout meal
  • Hydrate
  • Move

Last tip! Always ensure you take enough water for hydration on your run and don’t overdo it. Now get running, and enjoy it!

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Chris Smith
Founder of Vivi Nation, sports enthusiast, occasional triathlete, keen cyclist and optimistic Liverpool FC fan.

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