My experience has been that while I prefer to engage in some fitness activities, such as yoga – a great way to relax and wind down after a work day – in the afternoon, I prefer to engage in most physical activities, particularly aerobic activities like hiking and running, early in the morning, just before the sun comes up and before breakfast.
I imagine that part of that preference is the result of having spent most of my adult life, 21 years, in the United States Army where PT (physical training) was always performed first thing in the morning. I guess old habits become preferences and die hard.
The Morning Run Starts
For me, a vigorous run first thing in the morning means I’ll be less likely to miss my daily workout. As we all know, it is easy to become distracted throughout the day. It is easy for some other requirement to pop up and impact your ability to get your workout in. And of course, it is a lot easier to simply convince yourself that you’re too tired to get to the gym or change into your running gear and hit the street.
Working out in the morning has always resulted in feeling more focused when I do reach the office and places me in a better mood throughout the day. Also, a good breakfast just seems to taste better and be more satisfying following a good run or hike.
Such was the case this morning. Following a good 4-mile run with the wife, we enjoyed a bowl of oatmeal with dried cranberries, dried blueberries, honey, and walnuts.
Oatmeal Loaded With Goodies
Run well. Eat well. And as always, my friends, live well and stay savvy!