Whether you're a morning person or not, running at dawn confers great benefits that you deserve to know. And who knows? Armed with this knowledge, you may finally find the motivation to hit the running track before the sun is up.
You Can Form Better Running Habits
According to research, people who run in the morning are in the best position to establish a stable exercise routine. If you are one of those people out there who struggle to exercise consistently, then morning runs may just be the thing for you. The rationale is simple.
It is easy to procrastinate and forget. When was the last time you intended to exercise after work but pushed it off because you were too tired, or had an urgent thing to do?
As Cedric Bryant, the Chief Science Officer at the American Council on Exercise puts it, "I usually exercise at 6 a.m., because no matter how well-intentioned I am, if I don't exercise in the morning, other things will squeeze it out."
So complete that run first thing in the morning, and you will never have to miss another cardio workout ever again.
You Experience Better Health
Lower blood pressure Dr. Scott Collier from Appalachian State University revealed that running early in the morning may have positive long-term health benefits, including lower blood pressure. Based on his studies of three groups of people between the age of 40 and 60 years old, the group who ran early in the morning tend to have a 10-percent drop in their blood pressure as compared to other groups.
Burn more fats Running in the morning burns more fats as your body is still in its semi-fasted state. This means that the carbohydrates stored in your body have been depleted. Then what will your body mainly depend on for fuel instead? Your fat tissues of course! So if you are thinking about a weight-cutting regime or you simply wish to keep your body in optimal shape, then running in the morning might just be that workout you need.
You Feel Good About Yourself
Provide better sleep In 2012, the Journal of Adolescent Health published a study which concluded that people who run regularly in the morning have better sleep and do not usually feel tired in the afternoon. This not only means that you get the quality shut-eye you've always needed, but you will also feel confident and ready to tackle the challenges of the day ahead.
Reduce stress Running can improve a persons mood and decreases the negative impact of stress. What better way to start your day right than to run in the morning? With the release of feel-good hormones after your run, you can be sure to approach your day feeling more optimistic and energetic. After all, who wishes to start work feeling like a grumpy old cat?
"Complete that run first thing in the morning, and you will never have to miss another cardio workout ever again."
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