There are a ton of reasons why you should begin running in the morning, and not just because of sunshine! Personally, I used to HATE early morning runs but decided to try it out, then realized how different it felt. Yes, I know how difficult it is to make the transition and wake up even earlier to work those muscles, but it’s worth it.
But I can’t just keep blabbering about how good it made me feel, which is why I did the research to find out more! If you need more convincing about why running in the morning is awesome, then read on! I’ll show you the benefits and how you can begin early morning runs, too.
- 1 The Benefits of Running In the Morning
- 2 Tips For Running In the Morning
- 3 Wrapping It Up
The Benefits of Running In the Morning
I know how difficult it is to get up in the morning and get into the habit of running. But trust me when I say it’s beneficial for the following amazing reasons:
Gives You More Energy For Later
We all know how difficult it can be to get up for that early morning run. People actually think it has you feel groggy right after, but that’s not the case. Instead, running in the morning can help with your energy AND brain health.
Research shows that exercise can help you get even more energy throughout the day for various activities. Furthermore, since exercise like running improves your attention span and focus, it’s better to do so in the morning to think clearly throughout the day.
Helps With Sleep Quality
While you might think running in the morning has you lack sleep, it’s actually the opposite! An early morning run can help you sleep even better throughout the night.
Studies show that morning workouts contribute to increased time in the deep sleep stage compared to workouts at different times. Furthermore, working out has helped insomniacs or people who have trouble falling asleep, cutting down the time it takes to sleep.
Lowers Your Blood Pressure
Regardless of what time you run, it can help reduce high blood pressure, if you have it. But one study shows that early morning workouts help in evening diastolic blood pressure.
For those who have hypertension, it reduced their blood pressure throughout the day. It even helps reduce stress on cardiovascular systems, and match that with awesome cardio like running, morning runs can lessen your blood pressure AND risk of heart disease better.
Beautiful Silence and Better Environment
This is one benefit I love because I appreciate the silence, which motivates my will to run. I get the peace and quiet that makes running more of a meditation, compared to the night when there’s more traffic and people around.
Also, consider the early morning breeze and the sky about to turn blue, a beautiful sight to see!
It Gets You In a Better Mood
Besides morning runs being a brain booster, it can also help with increasing endorphins to improve your mood. I’m sure you’ve noticed how happy workouts make you feel right after, so imagine doing that in the morning. It’ll definitely put you in an even better mood right after, even during your work hours.
Improved Appetite Control
We all know the feeling of intense hunger right after intense workouts, and it’s not the best thing to feel! Especially if you’re on a diet, it has you want to keep eating. Does that change in the morning, though?
Well, a study shows that when you exercise for at least 45 minutes in the morning, it can help control your appetite. Besides this, it’s increased their physical activity for the next 24 hours, burning more calories.
You Stay Consistent With Running
You might think that morning runs discourage you from being committed to it. BUT, morning exercisers actually stay more consistent compared to those who workout in the afternoon or evening. Since you already did it during the morning, you don’t need to worry about trying to convince yourself to do it later in the day.
Do you want to hear more about the amazing benefits of running in the morning? Check out this informative video:
Tips For Running In the Morning
Now that you know about the benefits of running in the morning, how can you begin doing it? Here are some tips to run safely in the morning and reap its advantages:
Have Better Sleeping Habits
You definitely can’t run in the morning if you don’t have enough energy from sleep. Make sure that you get at least seven hours of sleep a night before your run for optimum performance. Before you begin morning runs, fix your sleep schedule first and stay consistent with it, practicing good sleep hygiene like:
- Avoid midday naps or reading and watching TV before bed
- Avoid taking caffeine or alcohol
- Sleep and wake up at the same times
- Include nightly routines to lull you to sleep
If you’re having trouble getting up for runs, put your alarm clock somewhere far away, motivating you to wake up.
Prepare the Right Running Clothes
Sleeping in your running clothes is a great way to begin running. Since you’re dressed for it already, you don’t have to hassle yourself into preparing, just get up and go.
But if you don’t like wearing it to sleep, lay them next to you so it cuts down preparation time. Make sure that the clothes you wear are for running and have reflective properties. You’ll want to be seen from any incoming cars or other runners to prevent any accidents! Consider getting a flashlight if you plan to run REALLY early in the morning and stay safe by informing people where you’ll be running to.
Plan Out Your Route
For those who don’t like running in the morning (yet), you might find trouble in running the same path. It has you feel sleepier because of the same old routine, so change it up every few days. Plan your route the night before and figure out how far and how long you’ll run for.
Get Support and Inspiration
I recommend that you get support by having a running buddy with you. They encourage (or obligate) you to run in the mornings even more, AND it keeps dark morning runs safer.
Another way to motivate you to run is by rewarding yourself with non-food incentives afterward, like massages!
Eat Smart and Hydrate Well
It’s best to fuel yourself up to get more energy and prevent feeling weak or out of breath. Head out with quick energy foods like breakfast bars, a banana, or even toast with peanut butter. And make sure that you hydrate and replenish yourself with water before, during, and after a run!
Wrapping It Up
If your schedule permits it, I highly recommend that you begin running in the morning. Not only does it help with better fat and weight loss, but it also gives you a happier mood to begin your day right.
I hope this article on running in the morning helped encourage you to start doing it, too! So don’t wait any longer and schedule your runs even earlier now.
If you have any questions or want to share your tips and experiences with running in the morning, then comment below. Your thoughts are much appreciated!