27-01-16 | Move | weight-loss |

4 times why I prefer to wake up with a morning run

If you’ve been following me for a longer period of time, it’s no surprise when I tell you that I’m a big fan of those early bird morning runs! It’s true, when it’s time for a run I literally jump out of bed when I wake up, because I’m that excited. Want to know why it makes me so excited and why a morning run is extremely beneficial for your fit shape too? In today’s blog post I tell you all about it!

When my morning alarm rings I get out of bed immediately. For me it’s important to work up that running sweat asap and don’t wait too long, or I’ll lose my drive – and get late for work. I grab my running gear, eat a banana, drink a Whey shake and I’m out for my morning run. I know that running early in the morning requires will-power and brings you to the next level of self-discipline. TIP: Try to mentally prepare yourself the night before and make sure you have your running gear and a small pre-workout snack ready.

Here’s why morning runs rock:
1. Morning runners lose weight faster!
A morning run will kick-start your metabolism first thing in the morning and allow your body to burn more calories faster throughout the day. Personally I go to bed earlier on days I run, because my body is more tired compared to a weight training. Benefit: no midnight snacking for me!
2. Energy booster!
Whenever I arrive at work after my morning run (and the day just started) I’m already wide awake, feeling energetic and satisfied. It kind of leads to clearer thinking too! Trust me, the movement, fresh air and extra blood flow will leave you ready to tackle the day!
3. No agenda conflicts!
Anytime I plan a workout session after work I have to rush home, get in a conflict with my pre-workout meal, have to pack my workout bag (and forget something ha ha) and I kind of feel restless. However, when I go for a morning run I’m already finished for the day! PERFECT!
4. Time efficient!
I’m a big fan of HIIT’s (High Intensity Interval Training) because it’s the most time efficient way to get lean, get touch and conditioned. It just takes 30 minutes of my time and I’m done!
Click here to read more about my HIIT routines.

Give it a try girls, set your alarm clock early tomorrow and use these arguments as your motivation! Practice makes perfect 🙂

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  • Holly

    Love those workout tights Carolina!

    Morning runs are fantastic. I just wish I had the time, in my current job I start at 5:30am (so up at 4:30am to get ready)! If you can do them in the morning, it certainly is a great way to start the day!


    • Carolina van Dorenmalen Post author

      Hi Holly,

      thanks for leaving me another lovely message 🙂 Yay!
      That’s too bad, but how about the weekends?! Would that be an idea?
      Or you rather catch up on some sleepy time hihi – I can imagine!

      With love,

  • Leire

    Do you have breakfast before or after the running? Thank you!

    • Carolina van Dorenmalen Post author

      Hi sweety!

      I consume 1 banana + 1 Whey protein shake and eat a bowl of oats after my run!
      This way I’m full of energy for my run, but don’t eat too much 🙂

      Hope this helps!

      With love,

  • Berit


    Sounds fantastic when you sum it up like this, but in the morning I am way too much in love with my pillow… I’ll have to find a lot of motivation first before I’ll be able to let that go haha!

    With love

    • Carolina van Dorenmalen Post author

      Hahaha, Berit you make me laugh!
      I can imagine, however I still would advice you to give it a try! Just once and let’s see how you feel 🙂 🙂

      Thank you for leaving me a message!

      With love,

  • Lisette

    Hi Carolina,

    Ik heb je vorige week een mailtje gestuurd met een aantal vragen. Denk dat je wel meer mailtjes krijgt 😉 maar ben wel benieuwd!

    Liefs Lisette

    • Carolina van Dorenmalen Post author

      Hi Lisette!

      Oh jeetje, wat goed dat je een berichtje stuurt!
      Ik krijg inderdaad veel berichtjes binnen en probeer elke dag mijn uiterste best te doen om alles te beantwoorden (2 mails, Facebook, Instagram), maar sorry dat het bij jouw mailtje mis is gegaan! Dat is niet mijn bedoeling geweest natuurlijk 🙂

      Heb je naar de @info of @carolina inbox gemaild?
      Dan ga ik meteen even kijken!

      Fijne dag lieverd en ik kom bij je terug!

      Liefs xx,

  • Melissa

    Ik kan dat echt niet, s ochtends sporten. Vind heerlijk om na drukke dag juist te lopen 🙂

    • Carolina van Dorenmalen Post author

      Hi Melissa!

      Bedankt voor je berichtje 🙂
      Hihi wat leuk om te horen, ik ben aan het einde van de dag juist niet-meer-vooruit-te-branden!

      Fijne avond en liefs,

  • Iveta

    I love morning runs! I sometimes do them 6 times a week, or even every day. Even if I feel sore and tired I will still go just because of how good and peaceful it feels to be outside while everyone else is still asleep. But….no weight loss, I actually feel like I’m gaining more muscles, especially my thighs. I am not overweight but I am mussely and I’m not toned. I think my body is so used to those runs that it’s not challenging anymore. I sometimes will run more than an hour in the morning on an empty stomach.

    I will try the HIIT runs for next days and will see. I definitely need to improve my workouts as I’m wanting to loose a few kilos and tone my lower body.

  • Tina

    Hoe laat sta je dan op? In het weekend lukt het me al eens om ‘s morgens te lopen maar door de week zou ik voor de zon opkomt al aan het lopen moeten zijn…

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