We all have a morning routine; a series of things that we do start our days off right.
For most people it could be as simple as meditating to set an intention for the day or taking a shower and preparing ourselves for the tasks ahead.
How well the day goes is usually based on how well they start.
Taking a jog in the morning is one of the best things that you can do to make your day special from the start.
The typical routine of having a shower then breakfast before work is safe and standard, but it is not the best way to start your day.
We are becoming more prone to getting sick and having foggy brains because most of us miss a crucial step in our morning routines - getting exercise.
Starting your day off with a morning jog can change that.
Jogging is a brilliant exercise that gets your entire body moving and blood pumping and does not have any negative effects on your workday.
In fact, it will make you much more productive over the rest of the day.
Jogging is an exercise that gives you the benefits of a fast walk and a slow run at the same time and can be enjoyed by nearly anyone of all ages and both sexes.
You don't have to spend hours in the gym to keep yourself in shape and your mental stamina strong.
All you have to do is lace up your running shoes in the morning and take a run around the block.
What's the Difference Between Jogging & Running?
This is a common question many will ask before starting a jogging routine, and for good reason, as it can feel like a pretty unobvious distinction even though they are both a physical activity.
In general, jogging can be considered as slower running, at a pace that your body could sustain for much longer durations than compared to running. Your Heart rate will be lower, your stride length will be shorter, and breathing will be less strained.
Jogging requires less energy than running because it's a nice “in-between” pace around walking and running. It provides many benefits for being so low effort physically.
1. Jogging Improves Your Body's Stamina
Stamina is the reserve of energy that keeps you operating at your best for longer. Jogging makes the body active by moving it continuously.
The longer it keeps moving, the higher your stamina levels will be.
Athletes of all kinds use a morning jog as a way to keep their stamina levels high.
Football players, boxers and players of many other sports say that the stamina it gives them is one of the best things about morning jogs.
Maybe you don’t consider yourself an all-star athlete, but there are still plenty of benefits to implementing a morning jogging routine.
Consider jogging to be a warm-up for your day, a sort of practice before you tackle the real world, and all the challenges it brings.
By warming up with a morning jog, your body gets used to being pushed to its limits and beyond.
Having a successful jog first thing in the morning will help you succeed in other areas of your life.
2. A Morning Jogging Routine Will Strengthen Your Heart
Running is one of the best things you can do to get your blood pumping. You need your heart to keep your body pumping blood throughout your body.
Many people find themselves in a sedentary lifestyle, spending most of their day on a couch or behind a desk.
Without intentional activity to supplement that sedentary lifestyle, our hearts do not get the exercise that they require to stay strong.
Even if you are not an athlete, you still need a strong heart to keep your brain active.
Our brains consume more energy than any other part of our bodies, accounting for over twenty percent of the total energy expenditure.
In order to get all of the energy and oxygen the brain requires, you must have a strong heart to keep a steady flow of blood pumping through your entire body.
Although lacing up your running shoes can seem like drudgery first thing in the morning, your body will thank you for it in the long run by reducing your chance of heart attack and stroke.
Studies have shown that women who jog every day live an average of 6.2 years longer and men live an average of 5.6 years longer than their non-jogging counterparts.
This is a very significant health benefit of jogging.
3. Jogging Will Burn Fat and Keep Your Body Lean
In our wildest dreams, we all want to have a lean body that turns heads.
A lot of us fall into the trap of outrageous weight loss diets and slimming pills even though the best way to get a lean, strong body is to exercise regularly.
A morning jogging routine is hard to start at first, but research has shown that if you can do it every morning for thirty days then it will become a long-lasting habit.
The morning is the best time to jog because your blood glucose levels are at their lowest so your body will have to tap into its fatty reserves for the extra energy that jogging requires.
Remember, though, that jogging alone will not get rid of those extra pounds.
To maximize the weight loss effects that jogging offers, you'll also need to eat a healthy and balanced diet. Often healthy exercise habits are then accompanied by healthy eating habits, as they work together to be the best for your body.
Your stomach and your thighs in particular are where fatty deposits like to build up. Jogging works these areas to burn the fat away and keep your muscles well-defined.And the best part is, besides having to invest in running shorts and shoes, getting up to take a jog every morning will not cost you a penny.
4. Jogging Boosts Your Immune System and Bone Health
Exercise is one of the best ways to naturally enhance your body’s ability to fight off infections and flush bacteria out of the body.
In the modern world, we live in, there are a lot of high-stress situations that can suppress our body’s ability to stay strong and high off the cold and flu.
Easy to moderate exercise has been shown to enhance the body’s immune system by flushing out the lungs, temporarily raising your body’s temperature, and reducing the production of some stress hormones in the body.
The key here is that the exercise is only easy to moderate, so you are not damaging your body past its point of recovery. This makes jogging a perfect option.
Jogging in the morning will get your blood pumping, get your lungs working, and get your heart rate up. This will all trigger an adaptive response in your body so that you will ultimately come back stronger from it overall.
Jogging has also been shown to increase bone density, which is an adaptive response from the body after being broken down by the jog.
5. Jogging Every Morning Gets You Boost of Fresh Air First Thing in The Morning
Our modern lifestyles have us spending most of our time indoors.
The air inside tends to get stale and even with an air conditioner recycling the air indoors, it cannot compare to the fresh, outside air.
The fresh air outside will clear your mind and give you a dopamine rush to keep you happy throughout the day.
6. Jogging Helps With Stress Relief
Getting active and making your body move stimulates a rush of dopamine in your brain, a feel-good endorphin that makes you happier and helps combat stress.
Day-to-day life tends to be incredibly stressful and sometimes you need a little help on the mental health side.
You have to pay your bills, your rent/mortgage and put food on the table for your family.
You can push all of those things out of your mind for thirty minutes every morning as you concentrate instead of pounding the pavement with your feet and center yourself back in your body.
By the time you get back to real life, you'll realize that all those issues you have to deal with can be taken care of easily.
There is something about running without distractions that brings peace of mind to your entire day.
7. Jogging Every Morning is an Easy Goal That You Can Accomplish
Setting goals is crucial to living a meaningful life.
Accomplishing a set of clearly-defined goals gives us a sense of worth, personal fulfillment, and self-confidence.
In case you wanted to set a specific goal, I break down tips on how to set a specific, measurable, and attainable goal here.
Chances are that you've been telling yourself for a long time that you need to set up a work-out routine to stay in shape.
A morning jogging routine is exactly what you need. Sticking to the routine will be difficult at first, but it will become easier with time.
Eventually, it will be a part of your day that you look forward to.