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  • 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... - 9/24/2008 12:10:29 PM
  • 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.. - 9/24/2008 11:14:27 AM
  • 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.. - 9/24/2008 11:14:10 AM
  • 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!! - 9/24/2008 9:57:23 AM
  • 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! - 9/23/2008 10:08:30 PM
  • 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 - 9/23/2008 9:43:17 PM
  • 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. - 9/23/2008 8:23:47 PM
  • 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. - 9/23/2008 8:14:18 PM
  • 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. - 9/23/2008 8:11:03 PM
  • This is so true! My life has radically changed for the better since I started working out before work! - 9/23/2008 6:44:10 PM
  • I have been trying SO hard to start working out in the morning before work. But everytime I plan it I end up tossing and turning so much in bed that it takes me a lot longer to fall asleep and then I crave that extra hour of sleep so I can get in a good amount. I do not function on less than 7 hours of sleep and I know this, so I end up just resetting the alarm and waking up at my usual time.

    I lay my gym clothes out at night so that it will be easier for me to wake up. I have tried to this about 6 times in the last month and have only succeeded in waking up and working out 1! Grrr! - 9/23/2008 5:48:20 PM
  • Another benefit to morning workouts is that the gym is not as crowded. I usually have no trouble getting on a machine - and staying on for as along as I like. - 9/23/2008 3:25:20 PM
  • I never was a morning person, either - but workouts were just not happening, so I turned myself into one. It's still hard to get out of bed - and always will be - but once I get moving (and having a little coffee helps), I'm ready to go. And once I get to the gym, I'm psyched to be there. - 9/23/2008 3:23:51 PM
  • Totally agree! I was "never a morning person" until I randomly decided to start working out in the morning in Nov 2007. Still at it! I am up and working out every weekday and it seems like something that will be life-long, it's a total habit after 10months! Great article :)

    Oh-- AMYMAURA, I do agree that my actual performance is a bit better in the afternoon/evening. On Fridays, I have half-days so I do a long workout in the afternoon and tear it UP compared to mornings. - 9/23/2008 2:48:29 PM
  • When I was really doing well with my diet and excerise. I worked out in the am, my husband and I would get up at 5:00am so we could be at the gym at 5:30am, we only worked out on the treadmill for 30 minutes,because my husband had to be at work at 7:00am. I felt much better - 9/23/2008 2:03:37 PM

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