I am willing to try this method, although I stick with my usual workout routine starting at 3:30pm 3-4 days a week. This is just going to be hard because I already wake up at 5am to be at work by 6:30am. I know it means I could just go to bed earlier but I go to school at night and I am usually up until 11 or 12 finishing my homework or doing the reading assignments. Like I said, I'll try it, but it just doesn't seem like it will last long with my schedule.
I love working out in the morning. I leave my house at 5:30 am and arrive at the gym at 6 am. Mondays I take spinning, Tuesdays it's kickboxing, Thursdays it's weight lifting, and Fridays its spinning. As the writer wrote, I annoy my colleagues with my energy level and they tend to avoid me on Tuesdays because I'm "too hyper." But, although they secretly hate me I have inspired two to join the gym and that's where it counts the most. :)
9/23/2008 11:59:29 AM
I feel like when I wake up in the am to work out, my muscles aren't quite ready to work. If I work out after I have been away for a while, I seem to have better workouts. While I agree with all of the points she makes, I just feel like it's better for my muscle performance if I can do it later. I tend to sleep better and have more energy regardless of when I work out, but I do agree morning workouts lead to better food choices for me.
I read this blog yesterday and dragged myself out of bed at 5:00 to workout. It was nice to get the day started with a little tae bo. I'm usually a lunchtime workout girl, but I have to admit the morning wasn't as bad as I thought. Since no one else was up yet, it was peaceful and not at all hectic. Overall, I think I still prefer my lunchtime workout, but I now have an alternative for days when a workout won't fit into my lunchtime.
9/23/2008 11:51:25 AM
I agree with KCBarbie. I already get up at 5:30am to get to work for 7:30, work until 9pm and maybe get home by 9:30pm if I'm lucky. I've tried to get up earlier on my days off and sometimes can. However after 3-4 days of these working hours, my body usually craves rest.
Disagree entirely...I've tried the morning workout session and while it does leave no time for excuses which can come up with an afternoon workout, it does not leave me with an energy boost all day long. I have to get up at 4:30am to get in my morning workout before work. I do like that no one's there, which doesn't add up with your survey where people claim to have morning workouts. The place is empty and I'm there until after 6am. I guess those who have the luxury of being housewives don't have to hit the gym until after 9am. Must be nice. I do have energy for my morning at work, but after lunch and sometimes before I am crashing hard. I'm exhausted and I can't keep my eyes open. By the time I get to 4:30pm with 30 minutes to go at work all I can think about it getting sleep and I have a busy schedule that can include my second job after my full time one, theatre rehearsal until 10pm...I don't have time to be tired. I quit morning workout sessions and I either go right after work at 5 or after my other night events at more like 9:30pm. I hate for it to be late, but at least I get it in. I try more so to stick with the 5pm sessions. Late night sessions make it hard to get to sleep, but on the other hand I get some house work done. Morning workout sessions are not for everyone, or at least early morning sessions. If you're lucky enough to not have to get up early already then by all means enjoy the gym after 9am. If I could go then, I think it might work out better, but some people have to make a living.
9/23/2008 8:09:51 AM
I have found all of these things to be true since I switched to morning workouts. I have way more energy at work (be prepared for this to annoy your colleagues!). I used to live for my morning coffee now I find that morning comes and goes and I haven't even thought about it.
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