9 Morning Walking Tips to Start Your Day the Right Way!

Having trouble getting more steps in your busy day? Get extra time in your day, take in a beautiful sunrise and increase your step count with a morning walk! Starting your day off active can improve your mood, give you a positive outlook and leave you energized and ready for the day ahead. Here’s how!

Prepare ahead of time!

Waking up and ready to walk

Preparing for your morning walk ahead of time is extremely important, yet easier than you think. Taking the “leg-work” out of your morning walk and removing potential obstacles to getting up and walking makes it that much easier to start you on your new healthy path. You’ll be more motivated to get up and get moving if you can just wake up and go.

Sports clothes laid out on floor

Light healthy prepped breakfast

  • Go to bed early: Get to bed early the night before and set your alarm. Getting plenty of sleep can make or break your morning walk. You’ll feel more energized and focused, and it’s just easier to get up when you’ve had more sleep.

Setting an alarm before bed

  • Plan out your walking route: Knowing where you are going gives you peace of mind so you can concentrate on enjoying the fresh air and heart-healthy benefits you will be receiving. You can also visualize what you’ll see along the way which can motivate you to start your walk.

Women with walking map planned

Why walk in the morning?

  • Improve your mood: Exercise releases chemicals called endorphins in the body that makes you feel good. You don’t need to run a marathon to help free them. Walking will do just fine!

Happy walkers on a city streetHappy city walkers in the morning

  • Get more energy to start your day: Walking can help improve circulation, and the brisk morning air can wake you up and feel great! You’ll also have a sense of accomplishment knowing you got up and got a great walk, which you can carry through your day.
  • Sleep better: Walking relaxes your mind as you exercise your body. Getting more active during the day (and in the morning) can help you sleep better at night. This also helps you get up earlier for your walk, reinforcing your motivation!

Athlete sleeping in shoes

  • Improves your memory: Recent research has shown in as little as 20-30 minutes of walking, you may slow cognitive decline as well as reduce the risk of dementia. It can help you focus on tasks and solve problems, which could be just what you need when you get to work!
  • Jumpstart your weight loss: Getting more steps means burning more calories, which can help lose weight. By choosing healthy, light breakfast options that you can grab and go can also help you avoid unnecessary breakfast calories as well!

Couple walking in the morning

The great thing about walking is that you can do it anywhere and anytime you choose. There’s no membership required, and it’s free. Starting your day off with a brisk walk makes you feel great, helps you get steps and puts you in a position for a great day ahead. See a beautiful sunrise, watch as your town or city wakes up, and rejuvenate your spirit.  Your mind and body will thank you!

 

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