Running In The Morning
Perhaps you are one of the masses who know they should be doing more exercise for their health but instead of getting up and doing something about it, you roll over and snooze the alarm. If it is your bed that is calling and not the great outdoors, you are missing out on a treat. Not only is morning the best time to catch all the healthy benefits of a run, but you are also missing out enjoying the best time of the day.
The mornings are always the best time for any workout or fitness regime. There are many benefits to running in the morning:
Running has many health benefits and these benefits are multifold when you chose to run in the morning. Running in the morning refreshes your mind and boosts your energy levels. It detoxifies mind and body and lowers blood pressure to prepare you to face the challenges of the day with an open creative mind.
- It Reduces Stress: Stress eats up positive energy and must be eliminated as soon as possible. Running in the morning reduces stress levels and leaves you with positive energy to carry out routine tasks.
- It helps you enjoy the weather: The weather is usually at its most pleasant in the morning and if you chose morning runs you get a chance to enjoy it to its fullest. Spring and summer mornings are especially, are perfectly comfortable for running around.
- It lets you appreciate Nature: The morning hours are peaceful and calm. It seems like everything in nature is waking up, be it the birds or the sun. If you to run in the very early morning you can witness the stunning view of the sunrise each morning which is always emotionally uplifting.
The best thing about running in the morning is that early morning hours are easier to manage. Choosing to run first thing eliminates the risk of procrastination and the temptation to use your workload as an excuse not to run. So get your running shoes and go for a run!
Tips For Developing Morning Running Regime
Once you have made up your mind to begin morning runs, the next crucial step is to develop the regime. Although it sounds pretty convenient that’s not always the case. You have to alter your routine and need a great deal of motivation to begin. For developing a morning running regime here are few useful tips:
Take Ample Sleep
The first and foremost thing is to complete your sleep cycle to avoid being sleepy and sluggish in the morning is a hindrance.
If you are a late night sleeper, you need to change your habits and develop an appropriate sleep pattern. Here is how you can achieve this goal:
- Schedule your sleeping time and follow it religiously. Sleep at the same time each day to develop the habit.
- Don’t take naps during the day so you can easily fall asleep at night.
- Keep all screens out of your reach at least an hour before bedtime to sleep peacefully.
- Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake after evening.
- Make sure your sleeping place is cozy and comfortable.
- Follow a calming and relaxing night regime including warm bath, massage, and meditation.
Once you have developed a proper sleeping regime you can work on developing early rising habits. For this you can follow these tips:
- Set up an alarm for the same time each morning.
- Never keep your alarm by your bedside since you are more likely to snooze your alarm and put off getting out of bed.
- Be consistent with what you do and ever miss your morning run no matter what. This will keep you going.
Be proactive when it comes to getting your things ready for the run. Keep your weather-appropriate running gear and other essential ready the night before. This way, you will have everything handy in the morning and eliminate your chances of being lazy and postpone morning run.
Prepare Your Body
Do a little warm up in the morning to prepare your body for the running. When you move your body your muscles become active and get rid of the sleepy lethargic feelings.
Take Appropriate Morning Snack
Snacking before a workout is essential as it provides you with instant energy to hit the cardio. The need for having a snack increases if you have an empty stomach after a whole night sleep. Therefore, it is essential to energize yourself with quick energy-boosting snacks like banana, granola bar or peanut butter before heading for your morning run. Remember your choice of snack has a direct impact on your running stamina. If you choose to eat heavy fatty stuff in the morning snack, you are more likely to tire easily. Similarly, if you don’t eat anything you will feel lethargic and weak even before start running.
Find A Running Mate
Having a mate to accompany you each morning on your run motivates you and you look forward to meeting him each morning. It also holds you accountable and keeps you going. Additionally, the speed and stamina of your mate will encourage you to push beyond your comfort zone. Morning running is not something that you want to do for a short while. It is a regime that should be followed lifetime and having a mate will help. So be gentle on yourself and develop your routine systematically but remain persistent in whatever you do.
If you think you are ready to handle the challenge of getting up and out on a run in the morning, all it takes is a little preparation to start to develop this excellent healthy habit. Recruit a mate, move your alarm clock out of reach and have your running gear ready with your banana or granola bar handy to give you some wake up energy. Once you’ve been out a couple of times, heard the birds and witnessed the sunrise, you’ll be a healthy convert to early morning running.