Unless you’re a morning person, waking up ridiculously early to put on your running shoes and start the day with a jog might sound slightly insane. But believe it or not, those dreaded early morning runs are actually better than the late afternoon ones you might be used to.
Read on to find out why you should be rolling out of bed and onto the track every single day:
They’re a better way to practice self-discipline
While you don’t exactly have to be too strict about the time, making the effort to be consistent about your morning runs can make a world of difference for your self-discipline. That’s because it’s much easier to commit to something at the start of the day, compared to late in the afternoon when you’re tired and just want to relax. More often than not, you’ll be tempted to either cancel your run or take it easy. By doing it in the morning, you’re helping yourself build a more sustainable habit. A motivational technique that often works is to think that your “fitness duty” is done for the day if you can just get that morning run completed and out of the way.
They improve your mood and boost your brain
You’ve likely heard of the “runner’s high” — that’s the boost of endorphins, otherwise known as the happy hormones, you can get from running. Getting that boost in the morning can affect your whole day, as it can significantly improve your mood and increase your mental wellbeing, too. Plus, psychology experts from Maryville University confirm that any improvements to your mental health can also translate to better learning and brain development. This means that when running improves your mental state, it also makes your day at the office more productive, and your night out with friends a lot more enjoyable.
You’ll sleep better at night
When you start going on early morning runs regularly, you can expect to no longer spend hours at night tossing and turning in bed. The National Sleep Foundation notes how even just 10 minutes of aerobic exercise can help improve the quality of your sleep at night. Early morning workouts are especially useful for expelling a lot of that excess energy and will ultimately help you correct bad sleeping habits and irregular sleep patterns. In fact, researchers from Tokyo University found that morning workouts even improve sleep for insomniacs.
They’ll help you stick to your diet
If you’re running to lose weight, you can count on early morning runs to do more than just burn calories. A study from Brigham Young University reveals that exercising for 45 minutes in the morning can decrease food cravings throughout the day. You’ll be surprised just how easy sticking to a diet can be when you’re not constantly thinking about food thanks to your morning workout! Nourish your body with organic food instead of processed food with ingredients you can’t even pronounce.
Post solely written for prehab.com by Andrea Chapman