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  • I started exercising in the morning last friday-I typically wait until the evening. it was hard to get up, but once you're up, it is amazing how much better you feel throughout the day!
  • PLAINSJANE
    I agree with KCBarbie...I am currently running early in the morning because I don't want to overheat my dog, who runs with me, but as soon as the weather cools off, I'll go back to my late afternoon/early evening workouts. My problem is that even if I sleep enough, exercise relaxes me SO much that as soon as I finish showering and eating breakfast, I can't keep my eyes open. When I exercise later in the day, I don't have this problem, and I never have trouble going to sleep because the exercise works out the stress from my day. I don't have trouble disciplining myself to exercise when I have planned it, though, and nutrition isn't a problem either, since I plan my food so that I am ready to exercise when it's time. Morning exercise just wouldn't work for me during the school year when I have to teach (and think!) in the morning. It really just isn't for everyone--but I'm happy for everyone that has found it to be the solution for them.
  • I just purchased a Wii fit game. I love working out with the Wii sports game in the evening after work. I too would love to get up in the morning and exercise before my day gets started. The problem is I am very attached to the snooze button on my alarm clock. Hopefuly, once I've set up my Wii fit, I am hoping to start getting up early to workout. I will share the results. I will either conquer being able to get up early and work out before my day begins or I simply will not be able to detach myself from the snooze button on the alarm clock. Time will tell!!!!!
  • I can not say enough good things about exercising in the morning. It changed my life. Making the change was hard. What did it for me was finding a personal trainer to exercise with in the morning - I had to be there or I threw money away. If a personal trainer is not feasible, I recommend getting a workout buddy - preferably one who already exercises in the mornings.

    I no longer use a personal trainer, but I NEVER miss my morning workouts.
  • I split the difference: I do about 20 minutes of free weights and cardio along with some stretching in the mornings, then go to the gym in the afternoon after I get home from work. I bring my gym bag with me so I can go straight there - if I stop at home to change I rarely make it to the gym.

    I really notice the difference when I skip my morning workout for any reason - I have a much harder time waking up and feel sluggish all day. I roll (sometimes literally) out of bed about 5 am every morning to get it done, but it's always worth it.
  • JANDESMAMA
    Does anyone have some tips or encouragement to help me actually get out of bed when the alarm goes off? I'm groggy and can't even think straight and don't seem to have the ability to reason with myself and convince myself it's a good thing. I work at a physical therapy clinic with equipment and in May 07 I decided to work out on my lunch hour, eat healthy and lose the weight. I started at 175 and my goal was just to be thinner and feel great about myself. I lost 30 pounds (actually 32) and was at that weight for a few months. I got very ill and then my son had open heart surgery. Over those months (now 7 months) I was not able to work out regularly and got out of the routine. I also injured my back 2 months ago and am TRYING to do exercises that will strengthen my back and core without causing more injury. It's been an emotional struggle as I have gained back 7 pounds. I went from a size 12 (almost 14) to an 8 (very loose 8). Now my 8's are getting snug and I feel so uncomfortable. At this time I don't really have a work out buddy. I'm not sure how this group works or if I'll be able to make a connection with others through this website but I hope so. Life is a journey and I know that we are not intended to do it alone. Work has gotten busier and it's harder to get a work out in at lunch so I've been trying to work out on my elliptical at home in the evening. I have always been a night owl and know the benefits of working out first thing in the morning. I truly want to change my body clock and be able to get up at 5:30 to get a good work out and a shower in before my two boys get up for school. I'd love to hear some victorious stories or tips from anyone who has been there and now is a regular early morning fitness queen! thanks! jandesmama
  • MLABAHN2
    I started rowing on my college crew team last year and I absolutely love it. Most college students would hate to get up at 4:30 in the morning but it is perfect for me. I am an engineer so I am swamped with school work and so I know that if I didn't make a commitment to exercise I wouldn't "have the time". Joining the team not only makes me accountable but at 4:30 in the morning... what else do I have to do besides sleep?
  • ELORITHRAH
    thank you so much! I have never been able to stick to a routine but after reading this thought I would try morning workouts too and it's working! I started small so I wouldn't have to get up too early and local (walking in my neighborhood) so it was easy and I'm happy to say I've been consistent and I'm loving the benefits and the feeling of finally being able to stick to doing something good for myself! Thank you for this article!
  • BEANSKIROO
    I kept trying to exercise in the morning, but I just couldn't get up! But exercising in the evening was revving me up and I couldn't go to bed at a decent hour.

    So this week I started working out in the morning. But now I have several problems:

    1. Since I started working out in the a.m., I have been tired all day. I think that will go away.

    2. I probably have not been doing as much other physical activity because I tell myself I can relax since I already worked out (and I am tired!).

    3. I have more time in the evenings for idle snacking, which is my weakness. I seem to have been more hungry in general, too. That could be because I am working out more and burning more calories. I hope I am not eating so much that I am killing all my workout efforts!
  • BLP1952
    5 years ago I was getting up at 4:30 am to exercise for an hour before getting ready for work and lost 50 pounds in the process - my mother became sick and died - I chucked my whole routine in the midst of the chaos and gained all 50 pounds back! It's been several years of being miserable and knowing that I need to do something about my health as I'm now a borderline diabetic. I'm hoping to get back some of that inspiration I had just a few short years ago - I keep mulling over in my mind, "If you keep doing what you're doing, you'll keep gettin' what you got." something like that - anyway, I'm longing to make some serious PERMANENT changes - and this is the first one - going back to getting up early to get my metabolic clock ticking! This is definitely a goal for me that I plan on conquering!
  • STEPHBRIDE09
    I'm up at 4:30 a.m. to exercise five days a week and can't go back to sleeping in! Don't get me wrong, I love my bed, but when I exercise I feel better, look better, and have a much more positive outlook. I'm more focused at work and a much nicer person at home. Every morning when that alarm goes off, it's a struggle to throw off those covers and go through a hard workout, but I just tell myself that getting out of bed is half the work. By the time I'm in the car, I'm ready to go!
  • My wife cheryl and I are morning excercisers. We have TWO reasons for enjoying early morning workouts. 1. Fellowship. We workout at the fitness center on the military base near our home. During our early morning workout mostly retired military are in the gym (yes we're retired military) we have a strong network of young military retireees that motivate each other to continue a healthy fitness program. 2. Less crowded during the hours we work out. (8:30am to 10:30am) Our fitness center is a popular watering when the military gets off work so getting it done (workout) in the am ensures shorter lines for equipment and as I said earlier time to fellowship while working out the bod.
  • Iam a terrible night owl but now the kidsare back in school I have to get up earlier anyway. I am trying desperately, however, it isn't easy. I live in Minnesota and at 6:00 AM it is still dark right now. The sun rises about 6:30. I have had such a change in my mood as well as energy level when I have exercised in the morning. I'd love to do it every day!
  • I keep trying to make myself exercise in the morning (well, I have to try to make myself exercise at ANY time really since I really do hate it) but I haven't been able to get in the swing of it. Besides hating to get out of bed (definitely not a morning person), does no one but me just crash after they exercise? It gives me an energy boost for maybe up to an hour and then I'm so tired or sleepy for the next few hours that it's practically comical. Any idea what that's about?
  • I'm new to morning exercise too, and I'm learning to love it. I say learning, because I'm not all there yet. The downside is the getting out of bed and the working out in the dark part, the upside is it's over and I do feel great once I get going. . .

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