With winter in full swing, the opportunity to hit the pavement during the short window of daylight can sometimes seem near impossible. With an energetic toddler, household to keep afloat and job that is no longer constrained by the hours of 9-5 (come on, you know what I mean!), being active in the a.m. can be the difference between a good and bad day. Here are eight reasons why I get out before the sun comes up and you should, too!
It gets me outside. These days Zoom fatigue is real. And if you’re like me, the lack of a commute or routine in the a.m. can literally result in the following: bed, coffee, computer. So, it’s a reason to get outside. And while it may be cold, the fresh air can set the tone for a better day. Trust me, you’ll feel great when you realize it’s 9am and you’ve already been outside before starting your workday
It’s not as intimidating as it seems. It’s easy to come up with every excuse in the book to avoid an early morning run or walk. Too tired, not enough time, too cold, the wrong gear. With the right amount of sleep, establishing routine, and cold weather essentials — a pair of running tights, wool socks, and the right shirt & jacket — waking up early will become second nature and you won’t remember days before being active in the early-morning.
Peace & quiet. Less people and cars on the road can make for a more enjoyable time, making socially distancing yourself that much easier and less reasons to stop at stoplights.
You’re forced to watch the sun come up. And, well, there’s nothing more beautiful than that.
You’ll be a better human. Your friends, family and co-workers will thank you. Being outside and active before my day truly begins gives me a clear perspective to start the day.
Senior Marketing Director, Saucony
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