Just about anybody that knows me will also know that I’ve been a keen runner for many years. Long have I forgone a Sunday sleep in to get out there and pound the pavement instead.
Without a doubt my favourite time to run is first thing in the morning. There’s something magical about being up before the rest of the world, taking special time out to boost my health and energise myself for the day ahead.
It’s a great time to get back to nature. I’ve always found that gliding along out in the quiet streets and parks in the morning air as the sun is rising to greet a new dawn a fantastic way to get my brain into gear for the day.
That’s not to say that I’m always thinking hard while I’m running. Much of the time I’m simply concentrating on my stride and my breathing while enjoying the surroundings. The result of this is a nice clear head to kick the day off with, and I know that on these days the first few hours will be much more productive than the days when I don’t run.
I’m certainly not alone here. A morning run is one habit that many highly successful people have in common. From Prime Ministers to CEO’s to some of the world’s greatest inventors, investment experts and academics. Take a look into these people’s routines and you’ll find morning runners everywhere.
That early morning energy boost that floods your body with endorphins and adrenaline and makes you feel more focused and alert is also great for navigating those frantic early morning routines that all seem to go through.
Another thing I’ve always loved about running is that it’s so simple. You can do it anywhere at pretty much any time, and it doesn’t require any specialist equipment. As long as you’ve got a decent pair of runners, shorts and tee, and an open road or trail you’re all set to go. Plus, you can do it either on your own or with others.
What’s more, running is a high-impact, high-intensity workout that requires multiple muscle groups and works them hard. And, not only does running burn more calories up front, high-intensity workouts continue to burn calories for up to 48 hours after you exercise.
It’s fair to say that I owe so much to my running. It’s made me happier, healthier, stronger, less stressed, more focused, more relaxed, and more confident in my abilities.
So, get on board. You don’t need to be able to run fast or far. Just get out there and put one foot in front of the other and hey presto – you’re a runner.
I know what I’ll be doing tomorrow morning. Anyone care to join me?