The Benefits of Running in the Morning

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While the title may not suggest it, this post is partially inspired by my recent laziness. I love a morning workout. But lately, I’ve been really bad at waking up for my morning run. I keep trying, but my bed is so snuggly and sleep is wonderful. And it’s so dark. I hate getting up when it’s dark.

But, with two half marathons on the horizon, I really need to get up early and prioritise my workout. My schedule is often unpredictable throughout the day, so I can almost never commit to the after-work run. If I don’t go in the morning, it basically doesn’t happen. So I am trying to remind myself of the benefits of the morning workout. Here are a few of the reasons seizing the day is well worth the early wakeup call:

No more scheduling conflicts

No one books you in a meeting a 6am. No one calls you or emails you. The early morning is the only time that is truly yours to exercise in peace and focus on the present moment. You’re able to get your run or workout over before your brain is even fully awake, which means that by the end of the day, it’s like a faraway and distant memory….which leads me to….

More time in the evenings

When you work out in the morning, you’re never rushing away from work to make it to a class or get outside before the sun sets. The day is much more relaxed because you’re not on a deadline. And once you are home from work, the evening is your own – to make a nice dinner, watch TV, read a book or write a blog post J

Fewer people

Whether you’re running on your favourite street or at the gym in your favourite class, there’s generally fewer people to share your space with in the early morning. It’s a much more relaxed atmosphere which, I think, leads to a better workout.

More eating

Exercising soon after waking up revs your metabolism, and when this happens, I generally find that food tastes remarkably better. What’s more, you can easily justify two breakfasts: one before the gym and one after.

Cleaner air

Not only is running in the morning generally cooler and more comfortable, the air is actually less polluted because all the morning traffic has yet to start. Running through clouds of exhaust while you dodge moving vehicles is a good enough reason alone to start setting that alarm a little earlier.

Arguably, the only real argument not to run in the morning is that leaving your warm, cozy bed and forfeiting an extra hour of sleep is really hard. But every time I opt for more sleep, I end up feeling guilty and annoyed at myself for the rest of the day. There has never been a time when I’ve got up early, ran a few miles and not felt better for it.

 

2 Comments

  1. April Cunningham February 2, 2016 / 7:03 pm

    I have been digging the morning workouts lately too…. out of necessity. Always feels better than leaving it till after I get Silas to bed.

    • Miranda February 3, 2016 / 11:02 am

      Totally agree – though I don’t have a baby to worry about. I prefer to use my evenings to drink wine and relax 🙂

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