Benefits of Walking in the Morning and how to get started
Updated: Jul 29, 2022
Let's go walking in the morning
The morning is the perfect time to take in some of nature's beauty and get your steps up! We know it can be hard with a busy schedule but getting those daily steps up may just help you have an active day. If you're having trouble keeping track of how many steps you've taken in one day, try downloading a step counter on your phone or make sure your phone's health app is set up – it will track your steps.
Even if you aren't a morning person, if you plan for it - and get up to take some steps - there are various ways to make the best of your day. Whether it's a quick 5-minute walk or a thirty-minute brisk workout, getting in those extra steps will make both your mornings and days better.
If you want to reap the benefits of taking a morning walk, try these simple tips for incorporating this wonderful habit into your life:
Prepare and set an alarm on your phone or watch to go off 15 minutes before you want to start walking
Preparing for your morning walk ahead of time is a crucial part of any new routine. Being able to wake up and get right on with it makes all the difference when it comes to starting down a new healthy path.
Eliminating potential obstacles increases the chances you’ll be successful in getting out there and walking! If mornings aren't your thing, being groggy or inefficient can hinder progress from day one. To help with this you could set an alarm on your phone or watch to go off 15 minutes before you want to start walking. This will give you enough time to get ready and make it outside for at least a short walk.
By doing prep work at night before bedtime instead, we're already conscious and more mentally prepared for our following morning walk; saving us valuable time during which we could be stepping outside - giving ourselves an edge over others who are not up and moving yet.
Prep Your Clothes
The night before, take care to pick and lay out your clothes and shoes that you will be needing for your morning walk, so that even if you wake up in the morning feeling groggy, it will not be necessary for you to think about what to wear or search for all your gear you can just get up.
Also, by laying them out it visually motivates you.
If possible, try placing your clothing away from where your bed is so that getting ready becomes an involuntary action-it helps keep you up and moving around the time when it would usually start getting harder (early mornings).
Try leaving your phone (with your alarm) on the way to your clothes so that you start heading towards your gear by necessity.
Getting to sleep earlier
One of the most important things you can do for yourself is sleep. Sleep helps to make sure you feel fresh and ready for your morning walk. You will have more energy, be able to think better, and it's easier to get up when you've slept enough in the nighttime.
If you are new at walking or an early riser but find that a challenge- set an alarm at night as well! Put your phone away from bed so that there aren't any distractions while trying to go back into sleep mode after waking up during the night- start setting one minute earlier every day until eventually adjusting by 30 minutes!
Plan where you will be walking
When you know where you are going, it gives you the peace of mind to enjoy yourself and concentrate on what will be good for your health. For instance, if your goal is a fifteen-minute morning walk, create a few routes that take 15 minutes or less in order to avoid worrying about which way to go while walking.
You can also visualize what you’ll see along the way ahead of time. You’ll feel more motivated when thinking about your planned walk before bedtime so that tomorrow morning starts off with an easy start - even though this does require some planning beforehand!
Set out your healthy snack
Plan your light and healthy morning meal before going to bed. Do any prep work ahead of time, or choose an easy-to-grab snack like a banana or granola bar. You will most likely want to avoid eating a large breakfast before your walk; instead, consider snacking out where it’s easy for you to grab something quickly and then have the remainder of a light breakfast after your walk.
Knowing that you have prepared yourself with food in advance means that there is one less obstacle standing between you and getting up off the sofa when morning comes around - deciding what to eat! If you prefer (like many people) not having anything but snacks during mornings, still do some preparation work so as not let this be more troublesome than need be: give yourself enough time in the mornings by ensuring everything is ready beforehand!
Don't overthink it! Get up and start walking
If you feel your mind is racing, don't overthink the morning walk. Just get up and start walking. You'll be able to think more clearly and make decisions more easily than if you had been sitting or lying-in bed.
Walking clears your head and gives you a sense of accomplishment when you're done. It sets a positive tone for your day ahead by getting the blood pumping. Walking outside also gives you an opportunity to enjoy nature while making some time for yourself-and it will remind you that things could always be worse!
Walking through the finish line
Walking is one of the most accessible activities that provides a host of benefits. It's important to be prepared for your walk, so you don't end up running into obstacles on your adventure and must stop from walking altogether because it was not planned well in advance.
Walking has the potential to positively impact both physical health and mental health - by reducing stress levels, increasing circulation of blood flow throughout the body, strengthening muscles which can improve posture while decreasing joint pain or discomfort as well as improving moods/depression symptoms. Spiritual development may also become an added benefit through increased mindfulness when taking long walks in nature or simply exploring new areas within their own city where they live.
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