Early. Morning. Running.
Some people may think this to be crazy, unattainable, impossible. That is definitely not the case. Here are 5 reasons to get your workout schedule ramped up in the morning.
1. You are more likely to get it done in the morning, as nothing is standing in your way (other than those few extra zzz’s). Opportunities come up in the afternoon, and it is far too easy to say “I’ll just workout tomorrow”. When you handle your run in the morning, you have the whole day at your finger tips!
2. Sunup is hands down the best time of day. It’s much cooler and beautiful. See it for yourself!
3. Pollution is not as high in the morning hours. There will be more pollution in the evening as pollution producers (factories, cars and people in general) are more active during the day; so the pollution level rises over the course of the day.
4. According to the LiveStrong website, running in the morning helps to burn more calories, and jump-starts your mood in the right direction first thing!
5. Have a dog? They need to be exercised a lot during the morning. They are less likely to get into things during the day if they are tired. Plus, how could you resist this face when she knows what you are up to?
6. Make it a family affair. The support of your partner can be just the motivation you need!! Or the motivation they need
I got into morning running for no other reason than I had to. When I ran cross country in college, we had 6 am practices every day of the week. It was a very hard transition for the first few weeks, but then my body got used to it. The same will happen for you too! Just make it through those first 3 weeks (and do it gradually…3 days a week or so), and you will be good to go. Just remember! The hardest part is actually getting out of bed! Once you are up, the running part is easy
One thing about running in the morning is the obvious – its dark!
Be careful crossing the street and doing things you normally do during the day. Drivers do not expect to see you out that early, so be cautious. Even those cracks in the sidewalk can turn into danger zones if you are not careful. Just watch where you are going
Run in groups if possible – hence Marcus and Keila joining me above. If you do decide to run alone, leave the headphones at home, or leave one ear piece out of your ear. It is important to be aware of your surroundings and to simply be safe!
***These are just tips I use, and are not the only safety precautions to use in the morning. Use common sense. Be smart!***