Walking is an easy way to integrate exercise into your life, and to improve your health. However, while evening walks are great, they don’t compare to morning walks. There is nothing quite like a brisk morning walk in nature, to recharge your spirits, and to get you mentally ready for the day ahead. In addition, if you are looking to improve your fitness level, Preventions Fitness editor, Bari Lieberman, notes that “exercising in the morning may offer a simple way to accelerate results while boosting your mood and energy levels throughout the day”. She also notes that research from the Mollen Clinic found that “75% of morning exercisers stuck with their workout after a year”.
If you are in need of motivation, to start your own morning walks, here are Lieberman’s top three reasons to wake up and walk:
- You’ll feel invigorated. An AM stroll gives you a natural energy boost. One study found that morning walkers were more likely to stay active all day long. Bonus: The extra activity didn’t increase their appetite.
- You’ll be a whiz at work. Regular exercise increases production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that boosts mental acuity. So schedule important meetings after your morning walk to score a mental advantage.
- You’ll stick with it. Crossing exercise off your to-do list first thing in the morning makes you more likely to work out before distractions that are out of your control, such as work and family responsibilities, get in the way.
In addition to the above reasons, a walk (in the morning, afternoon, or evening) also provides a great opportunity to meet your neighbours, and to explore different parts of your community. Walks are also an economically friendly and simple way to stay fit (no gym fees required, or difficult moves to master)! So, get outside and walk – anytime!