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Health Benefits of Early Morning Walks for Overall Well-Being

Updated on June 24, 2019
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David Cory is a proponent of taking early morning walks on a daily basis. He has found the health benefits to be immense and far-reaching.

Introduction

Early morning walks are incredibly rewarding and do not require any sophisticated equipment or knowledge. They are a great way to get energized and prepared for a productive day ahead. Academic studies suggest that simple walking can help with everything from alleviating mild insomnia to improving general well-being.

While early morning walks may seem daunting, it is well worth the effort. When you start walking make sure to take it easy. Do what you can and slowly increase your distance and time walking. Importantly be sure to talk with your doctor before you start. This is general information and not a specific plan.

And have fun! Early morning walks are as much about enjoyment as they are about improving your wellbeing. Take a friend along with you or make the destination your favorite coffee shop. The possibilities are endless.

Walking benefits the following areas of well-being

 
Physical
Mental
Emotional
Spiritual

Physical Benefits

Always bring water on your walks!
Always bring water on your walks!

Walking is a great aid to one's physical well-being. In fact, if you can choose just one aspect of your daily living to change, adding a walking routine might may just be the single best choice. It can do wonders for your physical body with little effort and no fancy equipment needed. This is often why most people start walking.

Walking can help:

  • Relieve minor pain
  • Improve sleep quality at night
  • Energize the body
  • Burn calories
  • Help prevent obesity
  • Improve overall physical health and fitness

"Walking is man's best medicine."

— Hippocrates

Mental Benefits

The sunrise is perhaps the most rewarding part of walking early in the day.
The sunrise is perhaps the most rewarding part of walking early in the day.

Walking, although a physical activity, is immensely beneficial to the mind due to the mind-body connection. A person's mood and mental state can see improvement not long after adding early morning walks to their routine. If you walk with a family member, friend, or even your dog the benefits only increase.

Early morning walks may help:

  • Clear the mind of worry and instill a sense of calm.
  • Slow down racing thoughts.
  • Improve memory by increasing blood flow to the brain.
  • And simply give you time by yourself to reset and relax.

"All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking."

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Emotional Benefits

Sometimes you will be fortunate enough to see a big, full moon on an early walk.
Sometimes you will be fortunate enough to see a big, full moon on an early walk.

Additionally, early morning walks can be good for your emotional health. Starting the day off right by taking a walk is a sure way to feel better about yourself and the world around you. You may also begin to see your surroundings in a new light if you take a few minutes to breathe deeply before and after your walk. It's a great way to clear the mind and refocus.

Emotional benefits may include:

  • Balances feelings of being overwhelmed and overall stress.
  • Allows you to put your problems into perspective when you walk in silence. It gives you time to think.
  • It may help recenter yourself and replace negative emotions with positive ones.

"Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far."

— Thomas Jefferson

Spiritual Benefits

In spiritual terms, early morning walks are a wonderful way to connect with God. But you don't have to be religious to benefit spiritually. Anyone who decides to take up early morning walking can improve their spirituality.

Early morning walks provide:

  • An opportunity to pray or practice mindfulness meditation.
  • Time to connect with a higher purpose if your walks are used to pray, channel positive energy, etc...
  • Space to breathe and think about the bigger picture.

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

— Henry David Thoreau

Start Walking

There you have it! Early morning walks can provide so much goodness to all areas of your life. There is very little risk, but so many great health benefits that can be gained. All you need is a pair of shoes, a place to walk, and a willingness to get out there and put one foot in front of the other.

More important, however, is having the right mindset. Walking or any other form of exercise is usually more of a mind game. You must convince yourself to start and then to keep going until it becomes a habit. Once you do that you will start to reap the health benefits of early morning walks and you will be so happy you did!

I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.

— Abraham Lincoln

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 David Cory

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    • DavidCory profile imageAUTHOR

      David Cory 

      4 months ago from Indiana, USA

      You are very welcome. Walking is such a great activity. Enjoy!

    • Gurpinder Vir Singh Rai profile image

      Gupi 

      4 months ago

      Thanks for sharing the benefits of walking in the morning. It is something I am committed to add to my daily routine.

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      12 months ago from California Gold Country

      My little dog insists on taking me for a walk every morning. This morning I saw a flock of wild turkeys, deer and fawns.

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