Yes, up shortly after 4:00 a.m. Workout starts between 4:45 and 5:00 a.m. Need a cup of coffee and and cup of hot water first.
Edited by: HANSBRINK at: 8/23/2012 (12:33)
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4,969 8/23/12 12:27 P
I get up at 4:10 am every weekday I go for a run - usually 3 times a week. Sometimes, like today, I anticipate the alarm and get up at 4:00. On days I don't run, I get up at 5:00. On weekends I get up later and go for an hour long run in the woods.
I start work at 7:00, so I need to get up so early to run, feed the cats and clean their boxes, and then get ready for work. I make breakfast the night before so I can grab it out of the fridge and take it to work to eat.
I've long since discovered that if I don't do my workout in the morning, I won't do it at all. After work all I want to do wind down with a book, my cats and dinner. I have to go to bed at 8:00 because I get up so early.
Edited by: JMOUSE99 at: 8/23/2012 (12:27)
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758 8/23/12 12:10 P
Yes, between 4:30 and 5 AM each morning.
Allows me to work out (60-70 minutes in all) make and pack my food for the day, and, usually, log into SP and do SparkCoach. Plus shower and all that maintenance stuff.
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4,493 8/23/12 11:02 A
I am a morning person, but never thought that I could get up any earlier than I already do on a consistent basis, but if you all can do it, I am certain that I can. It is just a matter of getting to bed earlier and getting consistent about not hitting that darned snooze. My work schedule does vary, so, on occasion, I won't be able to get to bed until 10:30 or 11PM, but that is only once or twice a week. I just know realized that I could subscribe to a board, so I did to this one. Hoping that you all will keep me motivated to keep up the no snooze streak and work on improving my early to bed and early to rise routine!
I agree! Sometimes I feel like the only one who enjoys the morning workouts. Like you I also get my 2 cats fed, water outside plants, do laundry, empty dishwasher, maybe even get some vacuuming in, clean out litter box and whatever else I can fit in before leaving for work at 7:20am. Not much energy after work but that is ok! I have been a morning person since late 20's I guess which was a long time ago.
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1,183 8/23/12 10:40 A
Up every morning during the week by 4:30, either starting my run or in the pool by 5, without fail. It really helps start my day on the right note. :)
I'm usually in bed by 9-10 each night, and try to get 6-7 hours of sleep each night, though I'm trying to get more sleep, so my evening routine will need to be tweaked.
Edited by: CATMAGNET at: 8/23/2012 (10:43)
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3 8/23/12 10:36 A
I have been getting up at 4:30 for over 10 years. It started as something I had to do in order to fit exercise in. My 3 kids were young and needed lots of attention. The only time I could be free of that was in the wee hours. I grew to love my time. After waking and feeding the animals(2 dogs and 4 cats), I enjoy a cup of java while I linger on the computer getting motivated. Then at 5:30, its time of my excersize hour. I am an avid Cathe Friedrich fan and do her workouts exclusively. Then its off to work at 8. :) Btw, I'm in bed by 9:30. There is no fighting that. My body tells me its time.
How wonderful it is to hear that other folks are doing the same thing. Sometimes early morning can be a bit lonely, but its nice thinking that others are doing the same.
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1 8/23/12 10:36 A
4 days a week I am up at 4am to leave my house at 4:30 at the gym from 5 to 6:30 to work by 7am till 5pm.
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96 8/23/12 10:18 A
I get up 4:30 as well. I have physical therapy work I do for my back and that get's me through the day. A couple of times a week I hit the gym at work during my lunch hour too. I like being done with my workouts for the day before I get home in the evenings!
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4,493 8/23/12 9:44 A
I usually get up around 5AM to make coffee, feed the dogs and cat and let them out and make lunch and snack for work and get showered and dress and ready for work - have to leave at 6:30 to be there at 7AM. I am working (again) at getting up with my alarm - instead of snoozing it - with the goal of being able to push that wake-up time back further and further so that I can get some, even 10 minutes, of fitness in each morning. I KNOW this would do wonders for making me more successful at my healthy lifestyle. Really need the accountability. I so admire those of you who are doing it - you are my inspiration. Made it up today on the first ring of the alarm. Working on that streak!
I get up at 4:40am to get my 2 cups of coffee before doing a 45 minute workout of some sort. This morning it was weights, abs, swimming (I live on a lake) and stretching. I have to be to work by 8am but it is about 40 minutes away. I usually fall asleep by 9pm or so to get enough sleep in. If I didn't get up in the morning, I would not get my workout in!
I usually am up at 3am some mornings to work out before I go to work at 7:30!
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4,965 8/23/12 8:39 A
I wish i could join you but I have been kind of sick. I am starting to sleep normal now.
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1,272 8/23/12 8:28 A
Yes! I find I have to exercise early to get it in before leaving for work at 6:50. I'm just too tired at the end of the day to make myself do it! It gets my day of to a great start, and I feel energized and dedicated. Truthfully, though, I wish I didn't have to start quite so early . . . oh well, whatever works!
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139 8/23/12 8:10 A
I get up at 4:10AM during the week. I do this so I can be to work prior to 6:00AM and walk on our "Nature Trail" for 30 minutes before drinking coffee "with the gang." I also try to get about 15 minutes more of walking in at lunch time. The weekend I sleep in until 6:00ish. The doggers and I walk sometime during the day.
I was supposed to be but I somehow missed my alarm and woke up at 5....my spin class started at 5:15.... ya lets just say I was a bit rushed but I made it there (after hitting every single darn red light between my house and the gym) but I only missed the first 5-7 mins (like the warm up song and a little bit of the first set of jumps) but I still got in a good work out... :) yeah!!!
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26 8/23/12 7:58 A
I used to wake up everyday in the morning at 4:am to do my 5 miles a walk with Leslie Sanson's DVD! but lately I have developed a knee pain so I am not very religiously waking up that early but the days I do exercise I do feel more energetic, it is hard for me to do any kind of exercise in the evening may just straling around the neighbarhood for a mile or so. If I do not wake and do my exercise then it is very hard to fit in my busy day schedule!!! I just love exercise and early morning exercise routine is the best.
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231 8/23/12 7:57 A
I am up at 4AM now in the mornings. I have a cup of coffee and then a cup of water and then start exercising for about 20-30 minutes, then on to showering and starting the day... :)
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41 8/23/12 7:24 A
I am NOT a morning person. but I did begin a bootcamp about 4 weeks ago, and it begins at 5:a.m on Mon, Wed, Frid. so those mornings I am up by 4:30 a.m to go work out. I find that I do have more energy during the days I get up and work out. I also work out a few evenings a week as well. I don't stay up past midnight anymore because my body won't let me!:) I am motivated by how much of a difference this change in my routine has made!
No...too early for me! But if you are awake at that hour one of the best things for you to do is to go running. You can jog for a few minutes, then Run fast, then jog again, then speed walk, then run fast. This will help give you energy for the rest of the day. There are a few articles with exercises ideas to help you achieve your best runs here in sparks people. Run a search for articles about running workouts and you can search through them and find out which one is better for your needs.
Up at 3.00am every morning, weekends including. Have been like this since my second son started sleeping "through the night" for the first time when he was 2 and a half years old - his "through the night" meant waking at 4.00am and starting his day then! He's now 16 and just about to receive his GCSE results - but my body clock is so hard-wired to get up before the rest of the world is even awake, I have kept the habit. It means that by 6.00am I've done some chores and also my early morning workout. What a way to start the day!
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wow these early morning routines are inspiring. I do not get up early for anything these days. I do love reading how everyone makes time for the things that matter.
i enjoyed running early in the morning because it was cooler and had less traffic. when you completed you had the rest of the day to enjoy and relax.
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3,953 8/23/12 1:01 A
I typically run some where between 10:00 p.m and 6:00 a.m. I run most days, rest when I need to and sleep when I must. I come form a family where my Dad, my younger brother and I each seem to get by with less than normal sleep without much difficulty. I think we are in the 10 % of the population who needs 5-6 hours of sleep rather than 8-9, Gramie is in the 10% who need 10 - 11 so it balances out a bit.
I may be up at 4:30, I may be just getting to sleep.
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1,486 8/22/12 9:04 P
I tried few days but found out that I am constantly tired. I couldn't sleep on time and then next morning..Awful. Now i have changed to just one hour late (instead of 4:30 changed to 5:30) Now I feel great. Go to sleep by 9 or 9:30 and wake up at 5:30.. Works great for me
My husband is up at 4 and out the door for the gym by 4:45. I am up between 4:30 and 5:00 tp get my workout in. (At home, while ours girls are (usually ) still sleeping.) I like doing it early because it's the best way for me to be consistent. I'm tired a lot, no doubt. I work a mentally stressful, demanding job and have two kids. I'm Ready for bed about 7! Lol! I try to be in bed no later than 9:30, 10 is typically my outer limit.
Edited by: JENMC14 at: 8/23/2012 (08:01)
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32 8/22/12 6:48 P
I try to be at the gym by 430, but sometimes my bed is just too comfy!!
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610 8/22/12 6:06 P
Tuesdays and Thursdays are my up at 4:30 days to do my "at home" workout. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday I hit the gym after work for treadmill, elliptical, etc. Saturday's is still "at home" workout, but I get to sleep in a little :-)
I used to get up for a 4:30 workout but changed my routine this year when I found myself in a rut. I'll likely go back to early AM eventually because I like the energy burst at the beginning of the day.
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729 8/22/12 3:19 P
5:30 on some days, but not 4:30... can never get to bed quite early enough.
Usually I go to the gym after work, but in the fall I'll be going before work more often.
I have to say--this was my first day ever getting up and working out first thing. I was accidentally up (somehow, my brain thought it was already 5:30...ugh) at 4:30, and instead of crawling back into bed like a lump, I did a 10-minute cardio blast and hit the shower. It was actually kind of awesome--even perked me up some! I think I'll try it again tomorrow... :-)
Hahah yay I am not the only one. I am up between 3:45-4:30 am to run and my parents think I am stupid being a girl and running around the park. But if I don't do it at that time, then it will not get done since so many things can come up. No gym membership (no money) and it's actually not that bad if you are used to it. Just depends on where you workout (your home, a gym, a park, the sidewalks around your home) and also are you going alone and is your area generally safe to do such a thing :P But if that's the only chance you have to do it where it will get done, then do it. Though...some people would end up never doing their workouts because it is too early for them and they just want to sleep. So listen to your body, figure out if it's the best thing for you to do time wise and try it for a week or two. My friend tried it with me and she would rather workout 1-3 hours before she goes to bed after work then to get up super early to workout. I also usually nap a little in the day if I can to compensate :)
Agreed, not sure I could function on just a few hours of sleep....but I'm looking at probably getting around 6 or more hours depending on how early I can get to bed. Hopefully, I can be in bed and asleep by 9:30 each night. I also take some ZippFizz in the morning to keep my going through the day..works like a charm.
Well, I know I need 8 or 9 hours. With school starting again (I'm a teacher and a mom), I will need to get up at 5:30 just to get lunches made and everyone out of the house. I admire your perserverence, but know it's not the right choice for a sleepaholic like me.
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13,547 8/22/12 12:30 P
I don't think getting by on so little sleep is healthy for most people, but I have worked on this schedule for 7+ years and never missed a workout...
LOL LOL...what time do you get to bed? I'm exhausted by the end of the day...I get out of work at 5:00 then get home at 5:30, do dinner, homework and clean up and can't wait to sit down and relax..but then it's time to get to bed! LOL...
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127 8/22/12 11:32 A
I usually get up at 4:30am to run, occasionally even earlier. I prefer to begin my work day by 7am because I am a huge morning person, and since I prefer to run in the morning, I get up pretty early to do so. Luckily, my apartment community is very well lit and has offset sidewalks, so I am able to do my shorter weekday runs before the sun rises. The one thing that is very important to me, and I am sure to you as well, is to make it a priority to get an adequate amount of sleep. If you are rising earlier, it's imperative that you're also going to sleep earlier. I get about 7 hours of sleep, which is a lot more than I used to get before making health and fitness a priority. However, even though I have a couple of hours lost from the day to extra sleep, I find that I'm even more productive while I am awake simply from possessing an optimal amount of energy. You're in good company, and it can be done, and done well!
I'm a working Mom and now that school is back in session I will be getting up at 4:30a.m to get my workouts in during the week. Long day but feels good getting it done and over for the day. Anyone else?
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