You’re alarm goes off in the morning and you immediately start debating whether you should actually get out of bed to get your run in or take an extra hour of sleep. While the extra sleep may sound very tempting, here are 5 reasons why you should get out of bed and hit the pavement.
1. Perfect Weather Conditions
In the summer months the weather can get very hot and humid as the day goes on. Even if you do manage to get through a 90 degree run in the middle of the day, you will not perform as well as you would have in the cool hours of the morning. It’s easier to stay hydrated in cooler weather as well. You won’t sweat as much as you would in hot and humid conditions.
2. See The Sunrise
One of my favorite things about running early in the morning is watching the sunrise. You will feel so awake by the end of your run. Starting out in the dark and finishing your run as the sun is coming out is a beautiful way to start off your day.
3. Enjoy The Rest Of Your Day
Exercising in the morning means you don’t have to think about it for the rest of the day. You can focus on the other activities that occur through out your day. There is no worry in the back of your mind that you won’t be able to fit in your scheduled run because of traffic, making dinner or any other chores you have to get done. It’s one less thing to worry about.
4. Less Traffic
Depending on where your route is, the morning may be the safest time for you to run. There are less cars on the road before sunrise giving you a safer run. Be sure to wear light or reflective clothing on your early morning runs so the cars that are on the road can see you clearly.
5. Peaceful Running
The hours before sunrise are often very quiet. If you are someone who runs without any music this is a great advantage for you. Some of us enjoy running because it quiets our minds. You can focus on your breathing or listen to your feet hitting the pavement. Early morning is the best time to enjoy a quiet peaceful run.
When your alarm goes off tomorrow morning remember all of the great things that a morning run has to offer and get out of bed!
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