But first, running: 6 Reasons to run in the morning

Woman running at sunrise

Running in the morning has become a satisfying addiction for me. The treadmill pulls at my body like a magnet; pulling me to it every morning. Of course the first week or two are always easy. You set high hopes and goals and refuse to let yourself down. Then, as if a force is working against you, you think of every possible reason why you shouldn’t get your morning run in—I have too much work, I’m too tired, it’s too cold, my knees hurt, etc. But you push through all of the noise and do it anyway. You stick to your goal and something amazing happens—you start to enjoy it. You start to see its benefits and that solidifies your desire to get up and get running every morning. Don’t believe me? Here are six reasons to run in the morning:

  1. A more focused mind and increased productivity.
    It’s amazing how much more productive and focused you become simply by running in the morning. In fact, working out can increase your mental clarity up to ten hours post exercise!
  2. Increased energy to get you through the day.
    Although it seems counter-intuitive to think you’ll have more energy throughout the day if you burn energy in the morning, you will. By starting your day with a workout, you will be more likely to beat that dreaded afternoon slump.
  3. Stress relief right from the start.
    Starting your day with a stress-relieving activity will set yourself up for less stress when you get to work, according to a recent study. Additionally, people who exercised regularly reported feeling more confident and felt good about their work-life balance.
  4. A better mood that sets the tone for the rest of your day.
    It’s no secret that working out will release endorphins, which means you’ll be in a better mood. Why wouldn’t you want to start your day on a high?
  5. Feel accomplished and ready to tackle anything.
    Kick off your day already feeling accomplished. This will set the tone for the rest of your day—ready to tackle anything that comes your way. And, if you don’t accomplish anything else… at least you got your run in! 😜
  6. Better sleep at night.
    Simply by running in the morning, you could find yourself sleeping better throughout the night. Studies have also shown that people who exercise in the morning have an easier time of falling asleep at night.

There are many other reasons why running (or doing some form of exercise) in the morning is beneficial, but hopefully the ones I did list above are enough to convince you to do so. I’ve personally realized all of those benefits now that I’ve incorporated a morning workout into my daily routine. I feel less stressed at work and more focused. I have more energy throughout the day and I start my day feeling accomplished. I hope you also realize these things by adding in a morning run!

Happy [morning] running! 💜

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4 thoughts on “But first, running: 6 Reasons to run in the morning

  1. My work, family, and running schedule align such that I generally get one run a week before work. On a Monday it’s a gentle recovery run that is easy enough to slot in to my lunch break. On a Tuesday I head to the track after work to run round and round in circles with my running club. Saturday is almost always early morning – parkrun. Sunday fits in with the family, but normally happens before lunch. But on Thursday, when I am doing tempo sessions or progression runs or mid-long runs, I almost always run to work, shower and just about make it to my desk on time – I always feel all the benefits you list above! What I can’t understand from your post is how on earth you can be drawn to the treadmill. Awful contraptions – always play havoc with my knee! 🙂

    • Thank you so much for sharing! Your final comment, “What I can’t understand from your post is how on earth you can be drawn to the treadmill. Awful contraptions” made me smile. I actually quite agree that they aren’t ideal and do contribute to also wrecking havoc on my knees… but unfortunately I am not one that can find pleasure in running outside during the extreme cold Wisconsin winter mornings (below zero degrees Fahrenheit is typical). Perhaps one day I’ll be more hardcore or live on an island! 😜 Happy running! 💜

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