Minute 3: Are you a morning person?
Don’t yawn. Don’t complain about the weather. Don’t repeatedly hit “snooze” on that cellphone. Get up and go. That’s not just your dad or your conscience talking, most of the world class runners and coaches we have interviewed for our Six Minute Mile podcast tell us that they are morning runners. While that is largely a personal preference, there is lots of scientific research suggesting that early a.m. workouts generate the best physical and emotional benefits.
For insight on the subject, check out “The Benefits of Running in the Morning” or “Is It Better to Go Running in the Morning?” There are a couple of reasons why sunrise is the best time to lace up and hit the road. They include a jolt of energy that carries forward into your work day, training your body to burn fat not carbs, and curing a hangover. Getting your workout in first thing also means that the demands of work and family won’t interfere with your plans for a lunch or evening run. And here’s a big plus related to sleep -- studies show that individuals working out at 7 a.m. spend more time in deep sleep at night than those who work out in the afternoon or evening. Deep sleep, as we all know, is one of the top 2 bedroom activities recommended for endurance athletes. If you’re “just not a morning person,” remember that on average it takes about 2 months for a new routine to become a habit. It may take some time to convert. Now to flip the script -- some people truly despise mornings.
We get that. To help assuage your guilt, remember that there are advantages to evening runs. Studies say your body is ready for harder work at a later hour, and the 9-to-5 workday makes it easier to organize group runs.