4 Benefits Of A Daily Morning Walk
Today we want to share ideas on the wonderful benefits of walking every morning. You see this is a fitness habit I began over 5 years ago and find it to be one of the best things I have done for myself.
As a fitness coach my one best piece of advise if you are just starting a new fitness practice and unsure of where to begin would be to start a walking practice. Today we will give you some ideas of why we feel getting out for a morning walk is a good place to begin.
A common question people ask when they are considering starting a new exercise routine is when the best time to workout would be. If you are choosing to practice walking as a way to begin to exercise, there are definitely some unique benefits to doing it in the morning.
It Is A Wonderful Way To Begin The Day
There are many benefits to getting out for a morning walk and one that I feel is the best is I feel great walking in the morning and when I am done. Get your walk done in the morning, and the rest of your day’s schedule is completely up to you. The hardest part might be getting up a little earlier in the morning than you normally would, however you get used to this in time, at least this has been my experience. What you get back is the ability to do your workout first thing in the morning, feel great and not have to worry about it for the rest of the day.
If you are someone who tends to get anxious when you have a lot of things to do during the day, and tend to dread some of them, then this is going to be especially beneficial for you.
It Boosts Your Energy for the Entire Day
Another reason to walk in the morning is to get a boost of natural energy in the morning, that can even prevent you from needing caffeine. It can seem counterintuitive, since you are getting energy by exerting energy, but trust me, it works!
Once you get moving and finish your walk, then take a shower and get ready for the day, suddenly you have so much energy. You tend to get more done, are much more productive, and just feel better. Between the boost in energy and better mood, you just might want to add walking to your daily morning practice.
Getting out for a morning walk can enhance the benefits of melatonin, a hormone that naturally induces sleep and can facilitate falling asleep. A morning walk is not only a fantastic way to catch up with friends or enjoy the dawn, but it may also help your circadian rhythm, which enhances your sleep cycle and encourages a restful night's sleep, by exposing you to the morning sun. A restful night's sleep has the effect of enhancing your daytime alertness and vitality. We found an interesting article with more info on the benefits of walking here https://www.healthline.com/health/morning-walking-benefits#creativity
It Helps to Improve Your Mood
If you tend to be a little grumpy in the morning, you can become a more happy and cheerful person simply by getting outdoors and moving well in the morning. Not only does it give you an energy boost, but it helps you to feel better as well.
Don’t skip exercise on mornings where you are angry or frustrated – make it a habit to get out for a walk every morning, work toward a goal of at least 20 – 30 minutes each day. It is the best thing you can do for yourself every day and especially when you aren’t feeling your best.
At least this has been our experience over the past 5 years of walking each morning.
More ideas to help you get started walking outdoors in our article here
What we know for sure is that walking outdoors will help improve your brain power and definitely helps reduce stress. Walking in the morning is best and not only does it feel good, but it helps with your sleep at night and that helps with your brain power.
“Research shows that regular walking actually modifies your nervous system so much that you’ll experience a decrease in anger and hostility,” she says, especially when you're going for a stroll through some greenery or soaking in a bit of sunlight. This can be particularly helpful during the colder months when seasonal depression spikes. (source: Here- https://www.geelongmedicalgroup.com.au/2018/11/7-incredible-health-benefits-of-walking-30-minutes-a-day )
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