We’re always told that to really see the benefits of running we should lace up and pound the pavement early in the morning. However, if you’re anything like us, then the thought of waking up an hour early to get some exercise seems like hell on earth. Even if we know that running in the morning has so many benefits, such as boosting our metabolism for the whole day, we find it so hard to motivate ourselves for that morning run. There are some clever ways, though, that will help you become that healthy, happy morning runner.
If you have to wake up in the morning, earlier than usual, and then hunt down your running gear, then you’re far more likely to snooze the alarm. However, if you get everything prepared the night before then all you need to do is get out of bed and get running. There are plenty of ways you can do this, from sleeping in your workout clothes (yep!) through to filling up a bottle of water to put in the fridge overnight. You could even spend the evening making a fun running route and playlist, that will get you pumped for that early alarm. The more prepared you are for the morning, the more likely you will actually get up and run.
If you manage to get up and enjoy an early morning run then you should reward yourself for being so amazing! Plus, the thought of that reward is enough to make you jump out of bed with joy, even if it is 5.30am. So, what kind of thing could you reward yourself with? What about your favorite breakfast food? How about getting an Uber to work instead of the bus? If you want to really shoot for the stars, then give yourself a monetary reward for every morning run you complete, that you put in a savings pot. At the end of the month, add up your earnings and go on a shopping trip!
If you go to bed at 1am and expect to get up a few hours later, then you’re definitely not going to want to go for a run. For optimum health and happiness, you should be aiming for at least 6-8 hours of sleep every night. This is how much downtime your body needs to fully rest and recover, so make sure you’re going to bed early enough if you’re planning on waking early for a run. You will wake up far more energized and likely to spring out of bed, plus it will set you up for the day too.
By making running more fun, you’re far more likely to keep at it. There are plenty of running apps that will help keep you motivated, even if it is a dark and chilly morning. Apps like RunKeeper let you compete against friends, whereas something like Zombies, Run! will provide you with an exciting storyline that will only progress as you keep moving. Make morning running something you genuinely look forward to, and you definitely won’t mind getting up so early.
The next time you make an excuse not to go for a morning run, consider some of these handy hints and tips. Running in the morning is the best way to wake up your body – much better than any cup of coffee! Set your alarm for an hour early and hit that pavement, you’ll thank us later.