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Learn to Love A.M. Exercise

(Even if You're Not a Morning Person)

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  • Virgil was right when he said, "The greatest wealth is health."
  • I wasn't much of a morning person but I finally learned that if I got up and exercised I felt better and the day went better than if I had stayed in bed an hit the snooze button a few times before getting up. Thank you Sparkpeople for helping me wake up to that fact.
  • I just got in two hours of swimming this morning so I'm amped up for the day. Weather is nice so I plan to get a walk in as well. 🙂💪💪
  • GIMITCH
    Just the other day I read a "fact or fiction" Spark article which debunked #1 in this article. Get it together!! How are we supposed to truly learn if you're giving us conflicting information?
  • It depends on what the weather is. It gets hot in the summer and I do it in the morning but in the winter it is too cool to do it in the morning, so I do it in the afternoon.
  • hubby and I get in a nice brisk walk every morning (weather permitting)
  • I already love a.m. workouts hate when I'm off all day when I don't.
  • It's the only way I get it in.
  • I love my early morning exercise
  • I will try this A.M. morning exercise. If it causes me to eat less I'll be in trouble. I can't even get my calories up to 1300 calories a day as it is.
  • I would say do what is best for you. I am a morning person, and that was why I started my work day before 6 A.M. where I could used my brain. I had tried exercise (mainly weight lifting) in the morning and I woke up at 3:30, ate plain oatmeal, and arrived in the gym nearby at 4 A.M. Then I rushed thru my work out (60 minutes instead of 90), pushed to about 80% of my strength and tried to reserved enough energy for my 10 - 12 hour workday. I would warmed and rushed my full protein meal once I arrived at my work. Then I would starved at lunch, and ate junk food so I could lasted the afternoon. I did that for almost a year and gave up. Now I started work at 5 A.M. had a good breakfast and high carb lunch. I would be ready around 5 P.M. in the gym, gave my 120%, had my meal afterward around 7 P.M. and got a good night of sleep. I still did 30 minutes cardio work at home in the weekend morning regularly.
  • Not a chance. I am not a morning person and never will be. I retired early so I would not have to get up before the sun is up every morning.
  • Love you blog. I'm a morning person.
  • Loved your Blog. Morning is my time
  • I'm not a huge commenter and despite knowing that being on SparkPeople and using the community is the best way to succeed, I don't generally desire to blog or tell what's going on in my life to anyone much less post it. However, this is something near and dear to my heart so here it goes. I always struggle with these articles because I, like the author am a major night owl. Even if I've worked 12 hours at my job when midnight hits my brain turns on and I get a jolt of energy unlike anything I've ever known in the morning when I want to cry and curse the dictators of the world; morning people. In fact every time that I've tried to establish a morning exercise routine it has gone so incredibly badly. I've tried eating, I've tried not eating, I've tried smaller and larger portions, I've tried more water before I go to bed also when I wake up, I've done more intense and less intense workouts trying to make this work for me, but no matter what I do I feel like I'm going to puke (or do puke) when I exercise in the morning. However, I read the best article on Flipboard recently that did give the best reasons to exercise later in the day. The one that stuck with me...your muscles are already warmed up from moving throughout the day so you're MUCH LESS likely to injure yourself and you'll come away less sore.

    Despite being some 80 lbs overweight, I've never been one that can't walk around the block. When I have established a good routine for a sustained period of time, it's always been me on the treadmill, "dancing" with Dance Dance Revolution or breaking out my weights for a good strength training session (that I read about in the morning while I tried to wake my brain up on Spark People) at 9 o'clock at night. I'm doing well right now and though I, like all others who are trying to accomplish this, still struggle to WANT to workout it's starting to get easier.

    I will forever advocate and scream from the rooftops that not everyone is the same and just because a great majority of people are morning people doesn't mean that there's something wrong with us night owls; we aren't lazy as many imply. I wish the world would just stop judging me and trying to push me into their mold. I can accomplish more from the hours of midnight to 6am than the average person does in a 12 hour work day, probably because I don't have annoying morning people being all perky around me. I LOVE my evening workouts and more power to those ones who are still trying to figure out that this may work better for them. Don't be ashamed of who you are.

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