When the alarm goes off, are you the type of person to jump out of bed, ready to go and take on whatever the day ahead of you has in store? Or, more likely, are you the type of person to press snooze a few times, doing your best to avoid all human contact until you’ve had enough coffee to make yourself agreeable to the outside world? If you fit into category number two, don’t worry. Being a morning person does not come naturally to a lot of people, but there are plenty of people who still find ways to make the most of those morning hours.
Become a Morning Runner in No Time!
Getting Up and Getting Out
You don’t have to be a natural morning person to become a morning runner. All you need to start a healthy morning running habit is a desire to be healthier, and a little bit of organizational strategy that will help you get up and out the door with plenty of time to still get to work on time.
For example, taking advantage of the evening hours to prepare everything you need for your morning workout routine can alleviate a lot of the initial stress of working out in the morning. This might include:
- Setting your sneakers and socks by your bed
- Setting out your gym clothes, or better yet wearing your running clothes to bed
- Filling up your water bottle and setting it in the fridge so you can grab it quickly as you head out the door
- Charging your phone and setting aside your headphones and armband so that you can take your music with you on your run.
With all of your running materials right there and ready for you in the morning, it will make it a lot easier to go from wake up to out the door, which means more time for you to get in a nice jog before having to head to the office.
One of the biggest problems people encounter with trying to start a morning running routine is that instead of running around the neighborhood, they feel like they just run out of time. Cutting down on the prep will give you more time to focus on your actual run. As you start out, don’t attempt to take on a long run. Start small and gradually increase how far you are running by giving yourself more time little by little. Week one, aim to get out and run just one mile. Once you can handle that, gradually increase your distance.
A morning run is a great opportunity to set your intention for the day. It should help you manage stress and stay relaxed as you go to work and take on the rest of the responsibilities and obligations thrown at you. Keep that in mind as you are getting out of bed. Be positive and appreciate yourself for whatever you are able to accomplish. Even just a short jog is better than nothing at all!