Running in the morning can be challenging, but it's time to break free from the snooze button and seize the day. By adopting tactics to master your bedtime routine, you can join the 5 AM Club, start your day with a refreshing run, and set yourself up for success.
Here are strategies and tips to help you kickstart your morning running routine:
Discover Your Optimal Time:
While finding the best time for exercise is essential, mornings often offer more consistency for busy individuals. You are likely wearing multiple hats throughout the day, and you know how hectic the day can become, so prioritize your wellness by scheduling your run early in the morning. This commitment will help you maintain consistency and stay on track with your fitness goals.
Wake Up to Aroma:
Create an enticing morning atmosphere by setting a timer for your coffee machine to start brewing 15 minutes before your alarm goes off. The invigorating scent of freshly brewed coffee can help energize your senses and make getting out of bed much more manageable. While here at bRUNch we love coffee, we know it isn't everyone's cuppa tea, but the extra coffee prep can still pay off. According to a 2008 study *on the effects of coffee aroma on sleep-deprived test subjects, there are still plenty of benefits to be found in just the aroma of the coffee brewing.
Prep Like a Pro:
Set yourself up for a smooth morning by preparing the night before. Lay out your running clothes and gear, making it easy to change without disrupting your family or housemates. This simple act will save you valuable time and make it harder for excuses to creep in.
Make a Social Running Date:
Whether you decide to meet up with your local run group or send a friend a text, having the additional accountability will help you resist the urge to hit snooze. Not sure how to get started with the extra accountability? Sign-up for our newsletter so you can stay up-to-date on our next accountability and/or training registration opening.
Mindful Eating for Better Runs:
Plan your dinner smartly when you have an early morning run scheduled. Opt for nutritious, easily digestible foods to avoid feeling sluggish or experiencing stomach discomfort during your run. Skip excessive drinking and choose healthier options to fuel your body effectively.
Last but not least, to enhance your early morning wake-up chances, you have to get in a good night's sleep. Resist the temptation of endless scrolling on social media before bedtime. Instead, set a bedtime alarm to ensure you get enough restful sleep. A well-rested body is more likely to embrace the morning run, leaving you feeling refreshed and energized.