7 Benefits of Running in the Morning

• Written by Fitness Goals

Running is, without a doubt, a great way to achieve your fitness goals. Millions of people, young and old, engage in running because of its many benefits. It is also one of the simplest forms of exercise.

The question on our minds today is whether there is a specific time that is best for running. Does it even matter? You will surely have seen a large number of people jogging in the early light of the morning and wondered what motivates them. Well, according to research, the best time to run is early in the morning.

So, how you can inspire yourself to get your heart pumping faster while the majority of people are still in bed? Here are some of the benefits of running early:

1. Improves Your Productivity for the Day

Ever heard the saying that the early bird catches the biggest worm? Well, it turns out that a morning run will help you keep “catching worms” throughout the day – in a good way, of course. This is because exercise gives you both mental and physical stimulation. It not only increases your alertness, but also helps you get out of bed at the right time.

After a good run, more adrenaline and endorphins flow through the body. This results in an exquisite feeling called “runner’s high”, which can last for hours after you finish your workout.

2. Improves Heart Health

Want to reduce the risk of heart disease by almost half? A five-minute run every day is what stands between you and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Research shows that runners have a 27% lower risk of early death and a 30% lower risk of death from cardiovascular problems. This is true for all runners, no matter how fast they run or for how long.

By all accounts, running helps you stay healthier and live longer. What’s not to like?

3. Jump-Starts Your Metabolism

One of two things happens to the food we eat. It can either be consumed by the body as a source of energy, or it can be stored up as fat. If you are looking to keep fit or trying to lose some weight, you don’t want your body to store up fat.

In this case, you should start running in the morning before you have breakfast. This is because, after a workout, your body uses a meal to restore itself rather than storing it up. What’s more, a morning jog will boost your metabolism, helping your body burn calories all through the day. It also means that you will likely feel hungry after you finish, making you less likely to skip the most important meal of the day.

4. Better Joint Health

There was a time when people thought that running was bad for your joints. However, recent studies have shown that runners are actually less likely to develop joint problems. The reason for this is that runners are likely to be fit and to carry less weight, thus reducing the amount of strain on the joints.

Running in the morning has also been linked to better and developed muscle strength, which helps reduce the chances of osteoarthritis.


5. Improved Mental Health

Running has a very positive impact on your mental health. You can view a morning run as an investment in your body. This creates a sense of self-worth and achievement. Running outside is particularly helpful, as it gives you time to take in the beautiful sights of nature. The earlier you run, the more you will notice, since there won’t be many people or cars around.

6. Improved Sleep

If you are one of those people who tosses and turns for a long time before getting to sleep, you should consider taking up running. Studies show that people who work out in the morning spend more time in deep sleep than those who work out in the afternoon or evening.

An additional barrier to good sleep is a lack of routine. After a few days of getting up early to run, you will start to feel tired earlier in the evening. Once you build a routine of going to bed and waking up at the same times each day, your sleep will improve.

7. Helps to Create Consistency

Have you ever planned to exercise in the evening only to get home too tired? Running in the morning enables you to ensure you get your essential workout without postponing. It also helps you free up your evenings for socialising and relaxation.

Staying Safe

It is important to stretch before and after any exercise in order to prevent injuries. If you’re running in the morning, you should also invest in some reflective running gear. Here in the UK, mornings can be fairly dark for several months of the year, so drivers may struggle to spot morning joggers. You can also buy a headlamp, which will make you more visible to drivers and help you see where you’re going.

Conclusion on Running in the Mornings

The benefits of running in the morning are numerous. In the words of Benjamin Franklin: “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man, healthy, wealthy, and wise.” However, doing any kind of exercise will bring a whole host of health benefits, whether you work out morning, noon, or night.

Don’t forget to check out our in-depth guide to healthy living

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Editor’s Note: This article was updated on 1st May 2024 to reflect current information.

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34 Thoughts On This Blog
Pravin Jamode says:
18/12/2019 at 2:40

Very helpful

Emmy Tumusiime says:
28/05/2020 at 6:03

So, so marvelous

Patrick Busiku says:
20/06/2020 at 11:05

These are very good health tips especially for those having non-communicable diseases like diabetes. My question is how many days in a week are recommended for such exercises?

Zondi Bulelo says:
17/06/2022 at 10:45

Personally I feel what one wants is to keep consistent at it because the more you do it, the more resilience one builds. For me, I am a shift worker so I do 3 evening shifts before I do 3 morning shifts and then 3 days off. In view of this, I have tasked myself jog at least all the days [6] I wake up from home.

Katie says:
22/06/2020 at 11:57

Hello Patrick, Thank you for your comment – I am glad you liked the article. As for how often you should run: exercise recommendations vary depending on your age and current fitness level. The NHS website has lots of guidance about how often you should exercise. You can also read the blog post below for more information. I hope that helps! https://www.lifeconnect24.co.uk/sport-and-fitness-activities/ Kind regards, LifeConnect24

Amanda says:
07/07/2020 at 8:39

Thanks for the article, very nice! In my opnion the best benefit is the mental healthy, looks like everything change in your life. Best Amanda Silva

Adeel Khan says:
08/07/2020 at 12:29

hello sir can you tell me that is it running is usefull to increase height?

Anoop Jain says:
10/07/2020 at 4:25

Nice article. Benefits explained in very simple words thereby motivating people to run.

Luate says:
11/07/2020 at 2:57

Dear sir/Madam Kindly assist me with good tips of running everyday in the morning.

Aimee says:
14/07/2020 at 10:07

Hello Adeel, Yes, running can be very useful to increase height by rectifying your posture and other physiological effects. Running is especially helpful for stretching your spine and the corresponding bones for growing taller. Best wishes, LifeConnect24

Aimee says:
14/07/2020 at 10:37

Hi Luate, There are many things to consider when running every day in the morning. To begin with, we would recommend teaching yourself good sleeping habits. Next, we suggest laying out your clothes the night before and have a route planned so that you are ready to begin. Other tips include finding a running partner, and eating and drinking well to ensure your body is ready. Best wishes, LifeConnect24

milton clarke says:
21/07/2020 at 10:51

Good morning afternoon or evening. Oh..I like what have just read, the words of ( Benjamin Franklin ) very inspiring and motivating…., Early to bed, Early to rise, makes a man, healthy, wealthy, and wise. MClarke

Nek says:
03/08/2020 at 3:17

I always walk, jog and run everyday for 1 – 1.5hours!! Hiking and enduro biking are helpful too.

Rajeev says:
24/08/2020 at 3:46

Divine Greetings of the day ??This article related to running in the Morning is really fruitful for any person planning to start running as the daily routine exercises. Really this article boosted-up me a lot and I have planned to start running from tomorrow. As iam an Yoga & Meditation teacher I use to do yoga as my daily routine, now I will add running as a start-up before doing YOGA AND MEDITATION . Thanks Sir. Stay Blessed.

milton clarke says:
24/08/2020 at 4:05

Hi.. So good it is jogging in the morning’s fresh air tasting the air and admiring the morning as it changes. It is to me one of the best thing I have ever done such a great feeling.

sylverrahkerubo@gmail.com says:
01/10/2020 at 4:18

Cool information ??❤️

HypeBenji says:
14/10/2020 at 11:05

Wooow U’ve just psyched me up?

Vijay Jha says:
25/11/2020 at 11:27

Very good article

23/12/2020 at 7:36

I have love the last quotes keep closing up your articles by inspirational quotes like this one.

Rafael says:
10/01/2021 at 11:20

I love morning running, but it’s been a long time since I stopped it. This is the right time for me to start again and become fit again.

Nombulelo says:
05/02/2021 at 11:49

To the point of of sleepless nights think oust change my jogging routine ,

Daicy says:
19/02/2021 at 8:09

Thanks alot.

K. Vigneshprabu says:
26/02/2021 at 8:30

Awesome Healthy Message To Provide Our Body Physically Support For Healthy About Long Life… Very Superv Physically And Mentally Fit, Lot of Thanks …

nagarajan mohan says:
06/03/2021 at 12:20

i am doing regular walking since 2016 and i have lost 18 kgs. earlier i was 78 kgs, daily i am walking 12 kms including running of 5 kms.

Lorraine says:
22/03/2021 at 5:56


Sonam Younten says:
20/04/2021 at 3:45

During the jogging routine, is it necessary to take day off or rest during Sundays. Once in a week?

Christopher says:
21/12/2021 at 8:52

Yes. It is necessary to rest a day or two per week. Otherwise bone joints and muscles do not recuperate and they may get Injuries.

21/04/2021 at 3:58

Undeniably running is the best exercise.

Zainabu mary says:
05/06/2021 at 12:19

You have very nice guidelines.Thankyou soo much

milton clarke says:
06/06/2021 at 1:02

Oh.. Running or jogging in the morning feels great.. Especially early weekends… I do enjoy that it is beautiful time of the morning to see the rising of the sun whilst jogging on.

Judith Nyaga says:
18/06/2021 at 6:49

Very helpful..

Diaz Given Chao says:
09/07/2021 at 7:23

I learn benefits of running, so I can do every day 10km or more. Am happy if running early morning. Thanks for good points for Running.

Godfrey says:
17/07/2021 at 6:03

Article inspired me.

Anguyo Amiri says:
23/10/2021 at 8:42

Very interested and helpful

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