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Once I get home in the evening, I am worn out and will not end up working out. I have to get up at 430 in the morning to work out before work, but to me that is worth it. I am NOT a morning person, so its not by any means easy making myself get up, but if I dont do it in the morning, it wont get done. It also gives me more energy for the day as others have said. You have to find whats right for you, and whenever that is it will be the right time.
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I'm a die-hard night owl too. I have found, though, that once my butt hits the couch at night, it probably isn't moving again so as soon as I get home from work, I grab my gym bag and my 18-year-old son and his gym bag and we go to the gym. We eat dinner after we work out. It's easier for me because my kids are grown so they can wait until 7:30 or 8:00 for dinner.
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Personally, if I was in your situation, I would schedule it for the evenings. Sluggishness doesn't help, and most nights you can probably set aside everything for your exercise session.
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I agree with all the others that say finding out your schedule is the best for you.
I would love to exercise in the morning but since I already get at 4:45 am without exercising I don't see it happening except for the summer and weekends (I am a teacher). Being a mom of two busy 7 year olds, I work at fitting in exercise when I can. I am a fan of the spark videos for I can at least get in 1 of those videos a day. Even though the goal is to get 30 min. of exercise in a day, I don't beat myself up over it if it didn't happen that day. One I thing I have come to realize about my life is that one day I will have time the next day I won't for exercise. So, I take advantage of days where I got time. Like today where I got in 168 min. of exercise between a hike, 2 spark videos and 5k. Today was not normal but I will happily take the time I had for exercise.
I know exactly where you're coming from & how you feel. I am not a morning person at all but I know that if I wait too long in the day to exercise, I'm not gonna want to do it. So, what I like to do is try to break it up.
Say you set a goal to exercise let's say 20 minutes a day. You could do 10 minutes in the morning then 10 minutes later on at night. I do this, it makes it so much easier & honestly, once you start going- 10 minutes goes by SO fast & I usually end up doing more.
Just find what works for you :)
I am a die-hard night owl, too, and I exercise in the evening. I wear a heart rate monitor, and when I work out in the morning I burn fewer calories because I am so sluggish! It's a significant difference in my calorie burn. Also, I hate it! I'll never get up early to work out, I realized that early on.
Honestly, just do it when it feels right.
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Thanks for the feedback guys, I think I just need to pick something at start. . I think I'm leaning more to the night but I'll give a try over the next few weeks and see what happens.
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I exercise at around 8 at night. That's the time that works best for me. Dinner is done, and cleaned up, things are ready for the next day, and I'm in the mood to do it then.
What works for you is what is best! Even 10 minutes at a time, a couple of times a day all adds up.
Above all, it has to be a little bit fun, and not a chore, or you won't want to do it.
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Do what is best for you. When I first started exercising again I HAD to do it in the afternoon/ evening. It depressed me to think about it in the morning. LOL Now, I crave the activity, so I'm just as likely to get my walk in before 8 am as I am to wait until early evening. A lot of it depends on my schedule and my husband's schedule. I have a 5 year old, so I can't exactly dessert him here alone ;) I'm an RN and work 3 12 hour shifts most weeks, so that makes the walk fairly easy the other 4 days. Strength training is another story. I know it's important. I know it's good for me. I know I need to increase my strength and muscle tone. But the fact is I HATE it. I do it as early in the day as possible. Because if I don't, it probably won't get done. The ONLY time I do it in the evening is when I can talk myself into doing it after work.
So, do it when you can. You will find something that works for you, just keep trying.
I prefer to do mine in the am because it really revs me up for the day. If I wait until I get home from work I have too many excuses why I can't do it. But that's just me. Making it an appointment is a good idea. If it is best for you in the evenings, schedule it for then and make yourself do it.
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why not doing your phonecalls while you are walking outside? It's also exercise.
And why not keep movies for the weekends?
Homework... can't you do that while you travel?
If you are creative, you can find solutions. You can also do 10 minutes of exercise, like they sday here on sparkpeople, that must be do-able...
good luck in finding a solution!
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Everyone has to do what is best for her. It sounds as if you really want to do it in the evening.
What do you think about scheduling it in your planner (or on your calendar or wherever) and keeping that appointment ... no matter what ... just as if you had an appointment to go to the doctor. (Actually, it is good for you ... like medicine!)
Back when we had a land line, I used to tell my husband I was going for a walk. I was on the treadmill in our bedroom, but he knew that meant I was as unavailable for phone calls as if I were outside. This is one of those times that you have to do something for YOU.
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I'm in the same boat. I already get up early for work, so even though I love to get it done in the a.m., it's just not feasible. So, I try to do it between 7 and 8 at night. If i wait until 9 pm, I run the risk of not doing it at all.
Good luck! Let us know what works for you.
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Here's my dilemma, I am a die hard night owl and get to bed around 12:00 if I'm lucky. I get up at 6:30 for work. I want to start using my treadmill for exercise but can't decide on a plan to commit to. In the past if I exercise in the morning (get up 5:15-5:30) I am very sluggish the whole day. It tires me out. If I exercise at night it does help me de-stress from the day and sleep better. If I do it at night say 8:00-9:00 (I get home from work around 7:30) more things tend to get in the way, homework, phone calls, movies etc... In the morning less would get in the way of being consistent. No ones awake yet. Which time would you pick to get the exercise in?
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