Advantages of the Morning Run

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.

Flagstone Path

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.

Bowl of Oatmeal

Oatmeal Loaded With Goodies

Run well. Eat well. And as always, my friends, live well and stay savvy!

Blogger-in-Chief here at RetirementSavvy and author of Sin City Greed, Cream City Hustle and RENDEZVOUS WITH RETIREMENT: A Guide to Getting Fiscally Fit.


  1. 4 Miles with the wife, what a great way to start the day! I’ve been a runner for 25 years, but my wife has never taken to it. I run at lunch now (works well with my corporate job, including the onsite fitness center), but have been slowing and running shorter distances as I age. Argh. Could get frustrated, but decide to instead focus on the fact I’m getting my heart rate up, and adding to my longevity odds!

    • Although I have always run quite a bit, I don’t consider myself a ‘runner’ per se as my running has always been mandatory (i.e. active duty Army) or is generally part of the workout regimen to support/augment other activities I was engaged in, activities such as soccer, wrestling, track, weight lifting, yoga, etc., throughout my life.

      My father, who found running after age 40 and completed about 125 marathons (including Boston multiple times) in more than 40 states, was the runner in our family.

      Although my wife doesn’t love running, she has come to appreciate it and like me, sees it as a necessary good that supports/augments our other activities. It’s great being able to run together.

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