Running first thing in the morning helps mental resilience

Running first thing in the morning helps mental resilience

Sober types (such as myself) will often tell their weary, hungover friends (unsolicited, I know) that “giving up alcohol made me a morning person.” I’m oversimplifying it, but hear me out. I gave up drinking and after just a couple of months, I had more energy, I had my Saturday mornings again, and I felt more positive in general. I took this newfound energy and channeled it into fitness, turning a lifelong, half-hearted relationship with sport into a passion. I quit drinking in January 2016 and, by July, I was a competitive kick boxer, training in the evenings and travelling to international competitions on the odd weekend. To do cardio training, I’d wake up at around 7am a few times a week to run a 5k before work. No breakfast, no coffee, not even a proper warm-up (tut tut!). I’d just get on my running clothes and go. I never thought I’d become a morning person, but something about chasing the sun on cold winter mornings gave me this new sense of mental resilience that has gotten me through the …
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