Get moving: the power of the early morning walk

As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts I never used to be a morning person. I used to struggle getting out of bed on weekdays and really enjoyed sleeping in on the weekends.

That all changed when I got my beautiful, full-on, crazy, amazing English cocker spaniel puppy,  Chester. I wanted to be a responsible owner who does the best by their dog. Because I never had a puppy before, I did all the research on what a dog needs. Although we domesticated them to be our companions and to work for us, they still really are wolves in dogs’ clothing. The best we can do for our dogs in an urban environment is simulate the wild.  In a natural environment the food doesn’t come in a bowl in the form of processed kibbles. As soon as the pack wakes up in the morning they go on a hunt. The simulation of the hunt in a domestic environment is the morning walk and the reward for the “hunt” is the food.

So ever since he’s had his shots and was allowed outside over 5 years ago, without fail, I have been getting up at 6 am every morning and my “wolf” and I would go for a “hunt”. Damn, it was hard at the beginning, but I really grew to love our morning walks.

There are many reasons why walking in the morning is very good for you, not just your dog.

A Better Day
After a vigorous walk you feel energised and revitalised. You feel more active and ready to tackle your day as opposed to feeling lethargic having woken up late and wasted half of it.

Better Sleep
Waking up every morning at the same time plus the exercise help you create a better sleep-cycle. Walking tires you out, so you will sleep much better when it’s time to hit the sack.

Weight Loss
Burn those calories and ramp up your metabolism!  You don’t need to run a marathon or become a gym junkie. A descent length brisk walk every morning can be just what you need to put you on the right path towards a more active lifestyle.

Brainpower
Energise your mind too. Walking increases circulation therefore more oxygen reaches your brain. It’s great to  get in focus for the day. Researches found that age related mental decline like dementia are much lower in people who walk daily.

Toned, Strong Muscles
Regular walking strengthens the calves, glutes, hamstrings, legs and arms and tones the muscles of the thighs, arms, forearms, buttocks and legs.

Overall Health
The daily walk:
– Raises good cholesterol HDL levels in blood
– Lowers LDL or bad cholesterol levels
– Prevents and protects against miscarriages
– Muscular development combats back pain
– Is a standard treatment for osteoporosis patients
– Boosts the immune system
– Strengthens the joints

Reduced Stress
Walking reduces anxiety and can fight mild depression. The release of endorphins provides a natural ‘high’ and improves mood.

So what are you waiting for? Get those trainers out and get moving! I guarantee you will feel better for it.

Please leave a comment if you found this post informative and useful. Thank you.

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