Running in the Morning: Why it's More Beneficial for your Health

In this article, you'll discover some of the health benefits of morning running. Take advantage of all the extra energy and start the day with a good workout.
Running in the Morning: Why it's More Beneficial for your Health

Last update: 02 October, 2018

Many people choose to go running in the morning, before fulfilling their obligations for the day. Others prefer to exercise after they have finished work or when the sun goes down. If you are still undecided about the best time to go running, the following article will help you. Below, we discuss the health benefits involved for running in the morning.

Is morning running more beneficial for your health?

Let’s be clear, exercise is good for you when it’s performed at any time, especially in such a sedentary society. However, fitness experts indicate that running in the morning offers even more benefits for your health.

We’ve listed all of the advantages of running in the morning below:

1. A better way to start the day

If you’re a person who runs on auto-pilot early in the morning and you feel as if you’re not alert until noon, exercise can help you. Running in the morning helps you to achieve more focus, a clearer mind and a greater capacity to make decisions. You will no longer feel like a zombie in the office!

Woman running in the street.

2. You can take advantage of the morning hours

Most of our hobbies and activities (such as having a meal with friends or going to the movies) are enjoyed in the evenings and after the working day has finished. So, if you do your exercise in the morning, you’ll have more free time to enjoy these activities in the afternoons and evenings.

Also, if you wake up half an hour earlier than usual to run, you’ll have more time. This means you can take advantage of the day in another way. 

3. It gives you a lot of energy

Energy is a benefit that really is appreciated. If you exercise in the mornings you’ll have more energy to accomplish all of your other daily activities and obligations. Your productivity will improve, you’ll arrive at your workplace in a better mood, and lethargy will no longer be a problem.

4. Avoid running during high temperatures

Running at noon is not a good idea, especially in summer. The best time to run during warmer months is early in the morning. The temperature at 7.00 or 8.00 am, is perfect for outdoor exercise.

Evening running will also avoid the heat of the day. However, many people discover that they have trouble falling asleep after an evening run. This is because their body is still releasing the hormones that make them more alert than usual.

5. Improve your mood

Thanks to the famous endorphins, you can forget about being in bad mood, angry, or irritable. So, when you go out running in the morning, the effect that endorphins have on your mood will last all day.

It’s fun to go through life with a smile from ear to ear! Releasing these hormones is great for women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome, because in addition to reducing pain, they improve and prevent mood swings.

6. You can compete better

In case you want to prepare for a race, you should know that most competitions start very early in the morning. Therefore, your body will already be accustomed to, and find it easy to adapt to morning exercise.

Woman resting on the sidewalk after running.

7. Experience better performance

When you leave work after a busy day, filled with tasks and stress, it’s understandable that the body ‘doesn’t respond’ to exercise. This can make it very difficult for you to complete your training. The odds are that after a busy day, everything is running on low performance.

On the other hand, if you train in the morning when you are well rested, you will not only complete your routine, but you will also feel in your best physical state. There will come a time when you start to wake up before the alarm sounds, so you can run for even longer!

8. Avoid junk food

A benefit to your health that you can’t leave out. When you go running in the morning, you’ll feel a ‘need’ to eat healthy foods, so as not to ruin all that you have achieved. You’re more likely to eat more vegetables and fruits and to reject everything that isn’t as good for your health.

Running early in the day has many advantages. We recommend that you start running during the summer mornings, to make it easier. So, when winter arrives, you’ll be prepared and it will not be that difficult.


This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.