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  • 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?? - 9/25/2008 10:48:22 AM
  • 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!!! - 9/24/2008 6:23:44 PM
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    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... - 9/24/2008 4:25:09 PM
  • 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) - 9/24/2008 4:07:56 PM
  • 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

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