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  • I am sure this article is only suggesting the morning for those who are able to work out in the morning but are undecided about it, or have a hard time getting up to do it.

    And it doesn't mean cutting into your sleep... you can just go to bed earlier. That's what I do.

    I agree with this article 100%. I used to go to a martial arts/kickboxing class at 6:45 PM, and I just couldn't do it. By that time, I just do not have the energy. In the evening, after class, ESPECIALLY after dinner, I just want to relax. It is so much easier for me to get up in the morning and get it done. Hell, by the time I wake up enough to realize what I am doing, my workout is done!

    If martial arts/kickboxing were at 6 AM, I'd be there every single day!!!
  • This is a good article, but I think what we need to keep in mind is that everyone has a different schedule and different things work for different people. I for one do not work a 9 - 5 job, I work a second shift job from 2-10 pm. Obviously the workout times that are best for me will be different than for someone who has to be up at 4:30 am! Finding a time that works for you and sticking with it is what matters. And I believe that Spark also says to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night, so is it really smart to cut into your sleep time to rise early for workouts??
  • I am a teacher and for the entire summer holiday I woke before 6 a.m. and went for a walk around my neighbourhood. I started with just a 20 minute "power walk" with 80s disco music on mp3 player and gradually increased my time until my last walk was 1h 45 mins. I just loved it - and I went whatever the weather - taking a backpack with waterproofs if the weather looked dodgy. I lost 10 lbs fairly effortlessly (and have kept it off so far - 4 weeks into term! ) Sadly, my teaching day starts so early I cannot possibly manage it during term time. Can't wait until my next break so I can hit those pavements again. (Though this will not be until December and it is very dark at 6 a.m then!) I do have a plan to do a mini 15 min stretching session in the kitchen every morning, but have not managed that even once yet!!!
  • SKYUEN
    I use to wake up at 2:45am to get to the gym by 3:30am. Did it for 2 years will never do it again! I was always tired at work and never got enough sleep. Now I work out after work again and all is better. Morning work outs are not for everyone...
  • This all sounds fine and dandy, but what you don't have the pleasure of belonging to a gym? would a nice brisk walk around the block a few times work as well? Especially for myself, who basically has no exercise plan at all, and am very overweight?
    Any ideas? (lindaweathersbsymith@yahoo.com)
  • I too have recently switched to morning workouts. I prefer knowing it is done and out of the way versus knowing I STILL have to get a workout in. I believe that it will get easier and become more normal for me as time goes on. I love the way I am able to be more "in control" of my day with the added bonus of the extra energy and an overall sense of well-being. I am better able to organize my day and follow thru with my eating plans, etc...
  • I really needed to read this, it came at the perfect time. I am trying to get into a routine of morning exercise.. I always walk between 5 and 7 but have been getting in some strength or cardio before i leave for work too.. the mornings are hard for me to get going but I always feel so much better after I do it..

    This article just reinforces what I know I HAVE to do.. and thats AM exercise!
    Thanks Sparkpeople..
  • I really needed to read this, it came at the perfect time. I am trying to get into a routine of morning exercise.. I always walk between 5 and 7 but have been getting in some strength or cardio before i leave for work too.. the mornings are hard for me to get going but I always feel so much better after I do it..

    This article just reinforces what I know I HAVE to do.. and thats AM exercise!
    Thanks Sparkpeople..
  • Wow , this article comes at a good time for me!! I have been working out in the evenings I don't get home until 7pm or after and I do pretty intense cardio and it has been interferring with my sleep , I went to my doctor and she told me I need to reset my body clock and start working out in the mornings, well I am not fond of this idea at all!! I am not the morning person!! So this was my first morning I was up at 5:30( planned for 5:00) but oh well Rome wasn't built in a day!! The only thing I can say is it feels good to have gotten it out of the way for the day and I feel a little calmer, but as for running around with all this excess energy that's not happening!! So I will make this my new goal.. can't stop now!!
  • I totally agree. I am so not a morning person but I have found that working out in the morning just makes the rest of the day better - and makes sure that work-out happens!
  • I LOVE my morning workout! This is the time of day when my energy is at it's peak. After 5 pm I'm on the decline and workouts seem TWICE as strenuous! I'm ready for whatever the day offers after my treadmill routine in the morning. Also, it leaves time later if I can work in EXTRA activities such as biking...woo hoo! :-)

    Don
  • I do much better if I check exercise off my "to do" list first thing in the morning. I agree that if takes a lot of discipline to put it off 'til later in the day. That's just me--I think the important thing is to listen to your own biorhythm and just do it.
  • I also am up at 0445 for work, would love to workout in the AM, but I don't think it would work for me, need to sleep too.
  • I would love to exercise in the morning! But I get up at 4:30 am already for work and can't even think of getting up any earlier. I finish work at 2:30 pm and head to the gym right after work. This is what works for me right now.
  • This is so true! My life has radically changed for the better since I started working out before work!

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