Morning. If I don't get it done early, I'm much more likely to find excuses not to work out. In the still of the morning, I've already had 2 of my workouts today and will do my cardio shortly before the sun rises.
Edited by: THRIVE2DAY at: 12/16/2012 (04:35)
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75,556 12/16/12 4:02 A
depends, it varies between morning and evening...
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973 12/15/12 11:45 P
I'm not a morning person, soI like to do mine right after work. Luckily I hae a great hubby who prepares supper while I work out. If I don't work out, then I have to cook. (What could be a better motivator!)
I prefer afternoon or evening. I drag in the morning. I go to the gym straight from work 5 days a week. Also at my gym all the classes are either during work hours or in the afternoon/evening, and since I love my classes I don't really have a choice! As a single girl, too, it gives me something to do with my evening now that I don't have company.
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26 12/14/12 9:03 P
I work out in the mornings. The reason is that I currently am focusing on school, and don't have a job at the moment. My fiance works from 7am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday, and I like having the time to spend with him in the evenings, rather than working out. On sundays and Mondays during the summer we normally go hiking/walking/rafting together so I can get my exercising in and spend time with him. Lately, since it's winter I have been doing my exercising when he is checking his fb and online stuff and cooking breakfast, or when he's out working in the yard which doesn't happen very often. However, depending on what job I end up getting, I may be switching to exercising at night, since I HATE getting up early, but that will depend on what job and what hours I get :)
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437 12/14/12 7:27 P
I walk every morning. That way I know it's done. Anything else after that is my bonus exercise.
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21 12/14/12 7:21 P
I do mine in the early afternoon, its after work, but before my kids, homework, baths and dinner. I prefer it in the evening because I let off all the stress and emotion from my day, and fall asleep more easily.
Afternoon/evening... I don't like to work out in the AM because then I have to shower and wash my hair. And I have really long hair so if I wanted to dry it and straighten it/style it, it'd take an extra 30-45 minutes out of my day. If I workout and shower in the evening (after work) then I can just put my wet hair up in a bun and sleep...then in the morning it'll be dry, and I'll have saved 30 minutes since I don't have to use a blow dryer. That's my main reason for liking evening workouts
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3,543 12/13/12 12:09 P
I like both but prefer morning workouts because sometimes when I'm from work I'm too tired to workout so I like getting my day started with an a.m workout
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76 12/12/12 6:43 P
I like both. I try to get in as many of my workouts in in the morning as possible because I know after work I'll get invited to happy hours, want to spend time cooking a leisurely dinner, or have to work late. I feel GREAT throughout the day after a morning workout, too.
However, life gets in the way (I sleep through the alarm, I stay up too late the night before, I have to be at the office super early), so usually a couple of workouts get moved to the evening. Which I like too! Especially when I've had a stressful or annoying day at work, it feels SO great to unleash my frustrations on the pavement or on a treadmill. It's like a drug.
I love to workout at the crack of dawn when I can watch the sunrise while I walk in the cold, crisp air. I follow that up with strength training and yoga. I like morning workouts because I can let too many excuses prevent me from working out later in the day.
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50 12/12/12 1:16 P
I'm the same as you. I workout in the afternoon-evenings. I usually exercise during the middle of the day because it re-wakes me up and keeps the blood pumping through my head. Since I am a student I find it useful to exercise during the day when it will re-wake me up.
My goal is to start working out in the morning but its hard for me to get up that early. So right now I workout in the evenings around 9pm. I try to wait until I put my daughter to bed so I can spend time with her first.
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653 12/12/12 12:12 P
I always do a morning workout because I never know if something will get in the way of an afternoon or evening workout. However, lately I have been squeezing in a jog after dinner and feeling great about that. Weeks of this inspired me to do 45 minutes of yoga after work yesterday too.
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473 12/12/12 11:59 A
Actually, I've discovered that my favorite time of day to work out is lunchtime. My gym offers 45 minute noon classes M-F (Spinning M, W, F, Kettbells Th, and Ass, Abs, and Arms on Tue), so I do those as often as I can. I'm lucky in that I don't sweat very much, so I'm able to work out, clean up a bit, use some dry shampoo on my hair and not offend anyone for the rest of the day. It's great for me. I try to go in the morning, but I have a rough time dragging myself out of bed. I'll go after work, but I prefer not to. I like to have my evenings for other things. But I'll do any other time if there's some reason I can't do lunch.
Post script: I live in the Pacific NW of the United States. It is dark at 5:30 AM approximately 9 months out of the year. I walk, jog, or bike in the mornings for most workouts. But I also drive 2 miles to our fitness club and do early classes. Dark is no reason for me not to exercise outside. It is routine.
I have been working out at around 5:30 AM or so for the last 30 years. I am not a morning person. I had to train myself to do this. Was one of the smartest things I have done.
Reasons: 1) Get up, get out, get it done and over with - don't have to think about it the rest of the day 2) Main reason is because there are no demands on my time at that hour of day. No one cares what I do before 8 AM. No meals to prepare for others, no work outside the home, and no interrupting phone calls, and no kids calling me to get them something or drive somewhere. 3) It increases my metabolism the rest of the day 4) I come home hungry and am ready to eat a big breakfast- so I have a light dinner 5) I go to bed early to rise early, so have eliminated the problem of late night snacking 6) I am too tired after work and getting dinner to exercise at night 7) It is peaceful and quiet outside before the cars are out in our rural small town. I hear the animals, water slashing/lapping on the shore, birds and see spectacular sunrises. Best time day is sunrise! Most people miss it! 8) I start with water, finish workout with water, by the time I go to work, I've had over four glasses of water! Great way to start the day! 9) Studies show that early morning exercisers tend to be more consistent that others late in the day - mostly because there are no interruptions that time of day. 10) My husband did not support my exercising. Said it was a waste of time and selfish to "play" so much when work had to be done. By doing it early in the morning, I'd be home, showered and dressed before he woke up, so he didn't know I did it for 15 years! Now he is a believer and congratulates me for it. 11) Any time I try to do exercise late in the day, something comes up unexpectedly so that I can't get to it. For me, if it is not done in the morning, it is not going to happen.
There are more reasons, but that is enough for now.
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1,981 12/12/12 8:54 A
I try to get an early morning workout, so that at least I have that done. I can always do another one later in the day, too. The main thing is to "git 'er done"!
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84 12/12/12 8:54 A
anytime I can work into my schedule. mostly it is a 15 minutes here, 10 minutes there type of thing.
I work out early morning...my alarm goes off at 5:15 a. It Does take some getting used to, but your body adjusts. I like having my workout done for the day right away and it never interfers then with my social life. I don't have to pass up a last minute movie or coffee date because I have to work out.
I work out in the mornings before work, usually starting at 6:00 am. My other option would be in the evenings after work, but I am too tired after a day of work, errands, dinner, dishes, etc.
However, if I didn't have to work, I would still workout in the mornings but not as early.
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134 12/12/12 12:16 A
Evening workouts allow me time to think about what I specifically want to do (And my team workouts are in the evenings).
Morning workouts give me no time to make excuses or become "too busy" or "too hungry" or "I have to work late/ finish this project", etc.
So, while I prefer working out in the evening: I find that I keep my routine much better when I workout in the morning.
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531 12/11/12 11:52 P
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65 12/11/12 10:58 P
Ive tried both. I used to go to the gym in the AM before work. But, that was before I had kids. Now, i am like you, I cant drag myself out of bed at 5, in order to be in the shower by 630. So, I go to work, come home and relax a bit, and head to the gym between 730-8. They close at 9 so this is perfect.
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354 12/11/12 10:50 P
Honestly, I do not have a specific time of day I prefer. I usually workout when I have the time. My work schedule changes from week to week. So there are days when I work out in the morning b/c of the day ahead. Other days early in the day, such as late morning or early afternoon. But lately it has been in the late evening b/c my b/f does not want people seeing him walking, so he wants to walk after dark. I, too, am not a morning person. But I know that if I get up and workout I am much more awake for the rest of the day. But it has helped me stay awake for the evening by walking right after dinner. So my time changes day to day, week to week. But that is my schedule/my life! It works b/c I do it when I can. I've been doing really well!
I like to switch it up depending on my plans for the day. I am a stay-at-home mom currently, but my kiddos just started full-day Kindergarten (twins). I volunteer at the school a lot (2 days a week typically, but this week is everyday for holiday things), and on days I do that, I work out at night. Otherwise, I drop them off at school at 8:45am and it's straight to the gym for me!
I was interested to see what time of day people like to work out and for what reasons.
I maybe in the minority, but I really like to work out in the evenings for a number of reasons - I have decided that if I am going to waste an hour watching TV I might as well being doing something active at the same time (walking on an incline, jogging, biking etc) - As a single girl I find the evenings can be a bit boring and long, so it gives me something to do in the evenings instead of sitting in my apartment eating and mindlessly watching TV/doing other activities - I found that when I worked out in the morning I ate a lot more crap during the day. I would justify eating that extra doughnut or cookie by saying, "I worked out this morning I can splurge a little bit). By working out in the evenings I tell myself that if I am active during the day and eat clean and healthy I only have to go for a 15 minute run instead of a 30 minute run. By the time I get to the gym I always end up working out for longer than 15 minutes. - I am very hungry for the rest of the day if I work out in the mornings. For evening workouts I will come home, have a light post work out snack, shower then go straight to bed. This way I don't need to worry about eating all the calories I just burned off. - The most important reason I work out in the evenings is that I am NOT a morning person. If I was to start working out in the mornings I would have to be up and at the gym by 5:30 am... I already struggle to get out of bed at 7 am.
What is your favourite time of day to work out and why?
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