Thursday, November 19, 2009
No great revelation here, I know, but I'm finding that, along with morning prayer, morning exercise is a very good thing. As difficult as it is to get up and just do it, I've gotten up on two days this week and gone for a short, early-morning run.
A run in the morning, even if it's only 20 minutes or so, seems to energize me for the whole day and even seems to speed up my metabolism. I've been finding that I'm not so hungry in the evening when I've exercised in the morning. Maybe the best benefit is that happy, happy feeling in the evening when I realize I don't need to do my cardio because it's already been done.
What gave me a push in this direction was a Daily Spark blog post that suggested sleeping in your workout clothes! Now this would NOT work for me - The thought alone of trying to get comfortable enough to go to sleep while in a sports bra makes me cringe! But I CAN lay out my jogging clothes and lay them next to the bed so that I step on them when I get up and put them on while still half asleep, then I'm out the door. When I get back, I make breakfast, do my Bible reading and pray, jump in the shower, dress and then I'm out the door again, headed for work.
This has been working pretty well so far on work days. Today I had no morning lessons scheduled so I slept in ---aaahhh! The plan was to go for a nice long Nordic walk this afternoon which I did. I like to think I walked stronger as a result of doing my ST first thing after getting up instead of waiting till last thing in the evening.
The other key to becoming a morning person is to stop being a night person. Another great revelation! Still working on that one. This is ALL a work in progress. I'm eager to hear what suggestions you folks out there might have, but now I'm off to bed!