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We all know that running is a great way to get into shape, but did you know that it can benefit almost every part of your body and lift your mood? From light jogs around the park to die hard marathon runners and everyone in between- there is some type of running to satisfy everyone’s needs. It doesn’t call for a gym membership or bulky home equipment and you can do it anywhere without spending a penny. So, what exactly are the benefits of a morning run?
It’s a high impact, high intensity workout that uses multiple muscle groups and works them hard. Not only do you burn calories while running, but with high intensity workouts, your body continues to burn calories for 48 hours after you exercise!
When you run, you force your body to exert excess energy and hormones, helping you to deal with stress. Running can also help to reduce the chance of you developing tension headaches. The link between decreased stress levels and running has been proven too- Princeton University found that running produces new neurons in the hippocampus- a region of the brain shown to regulate anxiety.
If you have trouble getting to sleep, it is possible that running regularly could be the answer. Those who run tend to fall asleep quicker and enjoy better quality sleep. This is in part due to being tired after a session, but running also helps relax muscles after the post endorphin phase following exercise.
Anyone who runs regularly knows that the experience can be really energising- especially early in the morning when no one else is around! If you run outside early in the morning, you’ll be able to catch the calming sounds of bird and other animals, soak up nature and enjoy time to yourself.
After a long, busy day at work, for many of us, the last thing we want to do is drag ourselves to the gym. Running in the morning is an easier commitment- you don’t need to pay for a membership and you can do a couple of laps around the local park in the morning, freeing up time in the evening for relaxation.
A recent study by West Michigan University found that half an hour of running at fairly high intensity improves your brain’s ability to absorb and process information. If you feel overloaded with information, short bursts of high intensity running will most likely help to control your attention.
All you need to start a running habit is a good pair of trainers and willingness to put in the work! If you’re new to running, your body may naturally resist the change, so setting up for success is crucial, especially in the first month or so. Lay out your running clothes the night before, and try our Pre Workout 15 minutes before you head out for that extra boost!