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Get up an hour early and get moving. You can go to the gym or go for a run...whatever suits you. Try to prep anything you need the night before (pack your gym bag, organize the clothes you're wearing the following day, put out a quick morning snack).

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Benefits:
Feel more awake
Only need 1 shower per day
Less crowded at the gym
Feeling of accomplishment in the morning
- Submitted by GRANTM 3/24/2010 in Exercise | 110 Comments
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SCOUTIE3 6/17/2010 8:58:00 AM

    Well, I like to work out in the morning because it doesn't give me all day to figure out how to skip out!!!
MICHELLEMF 6/29/2010 11:23:00 AM

    If I can manage to squeeze in a workout in the morning, it improves my entire day as far as mood, engery level, ect
SP_TMETZNER 3/24/2010 11:56:00 AM

    I so want to be a morning workout person - I always feel great when I start the day with it, just can't seem to get into a consistent routine!

The only thing that always seems to work is when I am meeting someone for a morning workout - I think the thought of letting someone down is the added motivation needed!
DELISAS 4/8/2010 5:32:00 PM

    I love it when I manage to get a workout in in the morning. It's liberating because I know I don't have to do anything in the evening, or if I do decide to do something in the evening, I feel even more accomplished. However, it's very difficult for me to get up since I suffer from insomnia.
ASHLEYGRACE3 3/26/2010 1:01:00 PM

    Working out in the morning is great. You feel a great deal of accomplishment, plus then you are done. I always having trouble working out after a day at work. In the morning, I make it my priority. Also, by working out in the morning I get the more intense parts of my workout over with and in the evening I have time for more fitness minutes with lighter exercise, like gentle yoga or going for a walk after dinner.
JENVIZ26 4/10/2010 9:27:00 AM

    I started putting the lamps in the bedroom on a timer to help me wake up in the morning. They're annoying enough that hiding under the pillows/covers is no longer an option!

Once I'm up I feed the pets then hit the elliptical - Even a few extra minutes in the am makes me feel like I've accomplished something regardless of the rest of the day!
2SPARKS 3/31/2010 8:22:00 AM

    I too get up earlier to fit my workouts in - the housework and family takes up my time on evenings when I get home from work. Making that sacrifice of getting up early is making time for YOU!
SWEETLEXIE520 3/27/2010 12:28:00 PM

    Yes! This is the only way I can get my exercise in on weekdays. Even when I don't feel like getting up, I never regret it. And I usually regret if I choose to sleep in.
ACITODG 3/24/2010 11:32:00 AM

    This is a good tip and makes for a great start to the day. emoticon
MHUTTON 3/25/2010 7:13:00 PM

    I have been trying really hard to get up earlier every day to get a 10-15 min workout in before I have to get the kids up. Bad thing is I am not a morning person. Good thing is I have done so 3 times this week so far. YEA!!
LORIE_MAE 12/31/2010 12:30:00 AM

    Loved reading these posts. They just confirm to me what I already know and feel. I have worked out in the morning (I hate mornings)and felt absolutely great all day.Reading your posts only makes me more motivated to get back on this program. Thank you!! emoticon
TONI2011 1/29/2011 3:51:00 PM

    Yes getting some exercise in before work gets my day off to a better start !
DINKALLEY 6/16/2010 1:41:00 PM

    Morning is the only time where I can be consistent. Too many things to interfere with working out after work. No excuses at 5 a.m.! Just to it -- and you'll feel very positive after, and more motivated to stick to the meal plans. I don't want to UNDO the calories I burned by taking in more. I always do a "cost/benefit" to compare the amount of working out it takes to consume that cookie, or bread roll.
GOHUSKERS2 5/13/2010 10:36:00 AM

    Doing a few laps in the pool in the morning really gets me going....it's just getting to the pool that's hard for me. I'm retired but have a cleaning job. A friend and I clean the offices and rectory at our church on Monday mornings. There are 24 rooms and halls, etc, and it takes about 5 hours. I was amazed to see how many calories I burn from doing this and wearing my pedometer shows that I average about 9000 steps or more each time. It's been a great motivator. Now when I get home from that job I want to move more, not less. A few months ago I only wanted to take a nap when I got home. LOL
MSPRIS3 5/10/2010 4:21:00 PM

    I found out the hard way, that if I am to work out at all, it NEEDS to be in the morning before I get ready for work. I go to bed earlier (added bonus) and get up 1 hour early. I then go down stairs, and either jump on the treadmill or throw in an exercise DVD and do that. I feel great during and after, and I find I have more energy throughout the day.
TRINITYROYAL 4/28/2010 8:10:00 AM

    This is a great idea, and one I've been following lately. Early morning is the only time I can fit in a workout, and I feel great for the rest of the day.
NANASNOW 4/18/2010 7:13:00 PM

    I am a slow waker, Evening is my time!
DRROBBIN 3/25/2010 2:14:00 PM

    I start with ten minutes a day. Try the spark exercise dvd
CJWORKOUT 9/10/2012 12:41:00 PM

    For at least 2 years I have been "determined" to set that alarm and get up an hour early to work out. Today I actually did it - got up at 6am and ran 3 miles. Feels so great to have it out of the way!
BUTTERFLY1425 10/12/2011 8:36:00 PM

    I love to exercise in the morning because: I feel like I don't take away time from my daughter and husband they are still asleep at 5:00 a.m.; Gives more energy; makes my body burned more calories and most importantly it makes me think twice about that burger I want to grab at lunch!! LOL.
MAXMAR1 7/21/2011 2:27:00 PM

    Early morning is the best thing to do. I'm not a morning person and it so hard for me to get up, but it set my day. I can tell the difference on the weekends. I try to sleep later and when i get up and not work out I feel like i've been hit by a mack truck.

I get my gym bag ready, my outfit for work, I even have my lunch ready, all i do is grab my lunch bag out of the refrigerator and go on to the gym.
MIPALADY23 4/13/2011 8:45:00 PM

    Baby steps, tomorrow 15 minutes earlier for exercise!
MGNWD22 3/28/2011 10:56:00 AM

    I have realized working out in the morning is the best way for me to get the workout in. I can think of a million excuses by 4 in the afternoon not to go. So I wake up an hour before I normally would sweat my butt off and then get ready for work. I am more awake and alert and my workout is done for the day I feel productive and I know I started off right so I am faster to stay on track with it.
STARTLIGHT 10/6/2010 9:54:00 PM

    I like to get a morning workout also. It seems to rev up my day and I don't feel as tired. It also gives me more time to plan out my day.
RHOANDERSONSTIM 9/15/2010 6:47:00 AM

    My husband and I usually go to bed very early, as he has to get up at midnight to be at work at 1 am. We have a puppy who spends her night in a crate, and by 4 am she is whining to be released, so that is the time I wake up ever morning. So I am usually able to get my exercise in before the sun comes up.
DEBSJANZEN 6/10/2010 2:46:00 PM

    I am currently in training to become a morning person! I like the idea of starting my day out energized and accomplished. When I am able to get to the gym in the AM on the weekends, I always find that it's easier for me to stay on track with my diet (food) because I don't want to undo all I did that morning. Trying now to encorporate that into M-F. Love the other tips, tho!
SBOYKIN 3/27/2010 8:17:00 PM

    AT LEAST A SET OF SUN SALUTATIONS EACH MORNING, MORE WHILST WALKING DOGS (SIDE LUNGES, SQUATS, ETC. ) CALF RAISES WHILE DOING DOG DISHES, HIP FLEXORS IN SHOWER,(ALWAYS STRETCH A BIT IN BED, THEN AGAIN WHEN DRYING OFF & GETTING DRESSED)
DUCKY2222 7/23/2014 7:39:00 AM

    I am fortunate enough to be retired so I have my mornings free to do my workouts. I prefer morning workouts anyway because if I wait then I have all day to make excuses not to workout. Just get it done!!
GETINSHAPE110 6/1/2014 9:29:00 AM

    I use to work out in the morning and I did feel and I got to a point where I enjoyed it. I can't remember why I stopped but now that I plan on getting back in to Spark, I'll be starting my morning exercises tomorrow morning.
LADEEBIKER1 3/9/2014 9:55:00 PM

    I like the idea of exercising as soon as I awake but am struggling. I gave up but will begin again cause I do enjoy exercise.
ASDSPARK 1/21/2014 5:11:00 PM

    Great. It's done and you're done!,
LOVINGLIFE43 12/9/2013 1:28:00 PM

    I'm gonna try this. It can't hurt! Maybe it will encourage me to work out twice day
BAPSANN 11/27/2013 10:20:00 AM

    I walk my dog every morning so this works well for me.
SUNSET09 11/15/2013 5:57:00 AM

    It's much easier for me to work oiut in the p.m. as I'm at work early and don't have ot think about work while i'm at the gym. I can take a shower, relax, read a book and get a good night's sleep! Thanx for the info as it may help someone! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
RJNICHOLS 10/6/2013 8:49:00 AM

    I have tried this, but it is hard to wake up at 4am most days. The days that I do, I go for a walk in the neighborhood. It is so quite and peaceful at that time of morning.
NEWMEATTITUDE 9/16/2013 2:51:00 PM

    Working out in the morning is the best thing that I have incorporated into my healthy habits. Even if it is 30 minutes, I'm going to do it.
MOMMABOOMS 8/26/2013 8:01:00 AM

    I get my exercise early on the weekends and really enjoy it. Having trouble even setting my alarm to get up early enough during the week to get a run in before work. I'm going to try it one day this week!
TIMEHASCOME56 7/28/2013 11:01:00 AM

    Love it emoticon
TRYJESUS2DAY 7/14/2013 2:13:00 PM

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BANDOMOM1 6/7/2013 8:43:00 AM

    I love morning workouts, I will get up at 4:45 a.m.,go for a 45min powerwalk, take my shower, eat something healthy like oatmeal w/blueberries, take my one a day vitamn, and I feel much more focused when I get to work. I do have days that I push the snooze button too, but lately, if I find that if I do that, I will feel guilty about Not going for that walk, and I just get up:}, that to me is a good sign.I also get to bed at the same time 9/9:30P and I have been feeling pretty good. Stay motivated , exercise is Optional, but I prefer to make it Mandatory for me. emoticon
AMBER461 6/2/2013 8:36:00 PM

    Great tip! Thanks for the inormation.
LIVINGLIFE24 4/17/2013 8:17:00 AM

    Great idea
1LAZYCOOK 3/31/2013 12:33:00 PM

    I know that working out in the morning is supposed to be better for you but I already (try to) get up at 4:00 just to get to work on time. I just cannot see myself getting up any earlier on a regular basis. Instead I will normally go to the gym or yoga or walking straight from work.
LIBBYFITZ 3/22/2013 9:05:00 AM

    Totally agree. I am away from home for a few days and I have planned to get up in the morning and go for a good 5 km walk. :-
The area around here is steep and hilly so should get a good work out.
I am planning on going to go to bed earlier so that I can get up earlier to get my daily dose of exercise in.
WILSON1926 2/9/2013 8:42:00 AM

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SOLOMUA 1/26/2013 6:28:00 PM

    You are so right! I need to get back into my morning regime! I've failed this last month, but not the next couple of months. Thanks for these!!
GEORGE815 10/20/2012 10:16:00 AM

    Working out is so much better in the AM. I rise early to make it happen during the work week. But I plan on getting after it soon.
1HOTMOM82801 10/17/2012 10:33:00 AM

    I agree. I workout in the morning and I feel so much better. Gets the day started right.
JSAM75 9/28/2012 1:39:00 AM

    Love reading these post! Thanks for the encouragement!
N16351D 9/16/2012 8:09:00 AM

    There are no demands on my time in the early mornings; no meetings, phone calls, work outside the home, or family needing or wanting something. If my exercise is not done by around 7 AM or so, it is not going to happen. This will be my 35th consecutive year of exercising around 5-6 AM.

Get up, get going, get it done and over with.
GEORGE815 9/2/2012 4:37:00 PM

    Hard but not impossible to work out in the morning. Up at 5:15 am, make my breakfast, take my meds, then out the door by 6:00am for work.
DEBK0923 8/5/2012 11:13:00 AM

    I do my main workout in the morning, and about 6 miles of walking, the rest I do after dinner
DIBRN5 7/29/2012 9:47:00 AM

    I do agree with this. It is just hard when I already get up for work @ 5am. I have to be there by 6. Maybe I should really focus on it on my days off.
NHEMBERGER 7/11/2012 9:56:00 AM

    I haven't been getting up early, just avoiding the "snooze button." By exercising 1st thing in the morning, I do have more energy & get motivated for the day. It's a great change!
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SUCCESS68 6/10/2012 8:33:00 AM

    I feel soooo much better when I do this and its one less thing to worry about completing for the day. Exercise.... checked off!!! ;)
SHADOZA 5/13/2012 2:56:00 PM

    Getting up an hour early means I need to go to bed an hour early. I have the name number of hours each day, how and when I use them makes ALL the difference.
MELIARROLIGA 5/10/2012 9:08:00 AM

    I JUST did it this morning even before reading this. I think it is actually better and set a nice mood for the rest of the day. I thought it was going to be harder to workout so early but it is actually nicer and it wasn't that hard to wake up. emoticon
I'm always stressed to arrive home and have time to workout, but never can. And my hubby isn't that supportive (he's slim emoticon ) Morning: No stress! And only 1 shower hehe.
I always get asleep on the bus, but that wasn't the case today. I think I set a precedent for today and I'll stick to it. Doing Insanity now, I think I'll run on weekends. emoticon
LUV4CHOCOLATE 5/4/2012 10:30:00 PM

    I KNOW I need to do this! I prefer to workout at night but I want to make morning exercise a habit because it will fit better into my family scheduling.
PYNETREE 3/11/2012 9:16:00 AM

    I have good intentions...but rarely carry through. But I like the idea of yoga stretches worked into morning chores.

And really like that someone said they are in training to be a morning exercise person. I agree..I am now in training to begin each day with some exercise! It's just a good habit to get into. So I'm training! emoticon Wish me luck!
PIZO78 3/6/2012 5:04:00 PM

    I do feel accomplished when I work out in the am it's just so hard to get up! I hate getting up early in the morning!
TRESA7 2/27/2012 3:13:00 PM

    I find it easier to work out in the morning, too. I usually go walking or to the gym by 9:30 AM. That way, I actually feel better about myself all day!!

If I don't go early, I still try to exercise but it's harder to work it in to the afternoon!
NWLIFESRC 2/22/2012 2:43:00 PM

    Thinking about it but don't know about walking at 1 am and getting up that early not the problem but going to bed earlier than I do now at 6:40m pm I'm not sure about. Have to be at work at 3 in the morning and have a half hour drive.
LYNCHD05 2/17/2012 7:27:00 PM

    I like to work out in the morning so nothing can interfere with "my" plans. If you leave it to later in the day there are so many other influences. It helps me be more consistent.
YARI001 1/22/2012 2:37:00 PM

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DXTREME45 1/13/2012 10:43:00 AM

    I love early morning workouts. I find that the later the day, the lazier I am.
STAR327 11/28/2011 4:07:00 PM

    I workout in the morning so I don't make excuses later in the day that I don't have time. I just have to make sure I get to bed early enough that I CAN get up an hour early.
IAM4REAL2 7/27/2011 5:10:00 PM

    You're so right I go to the gym early in the morning while my husband and son are asleep. When I get back I am already wide eyed and bushy tailed ...I see my husband off the work and my son off to school/camp. I just love this and I do get my things together in the evening....when I use to go later other things would get in my way and some times i wouldn't go. Plus it's something about doing it early in the morning that reminds me that I am doing this for ME> emoticon
AKRISHNAAN 7/27/2011 5:24:00 AM

    I'd like to walk 5 kms in the morning and then do some yogasanas for at least 15 minutes.Only impediments are sleepiness,laziness.I think I have to go to bed early and jump out while getting up,remembering my goals. emoticon
SHEWAT1 7/9/2011 8:58:00 AM

    That's a great idea. I am not a morning person, but I'm willoinmg to give it a try. Sometimes I have good intentions for an afternoon workout, but life happens and I get involved in something else.
CHLORALU 6/17/2011 12:13:00 PM

    thanks!
GREATATTITUDE 6/17/2011 7:10:00 AM

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MAKINYEMI 6/15/2011 11:02:00 AM

    Am thinking about getting up an hour early to walk. I normally do my workout after work.
COURTNEY19852 6/10/2011 12:02:00 PM

    I use my dumbells and ab roller every other morning for 15 minutes each. My arms and abs have become tighter but I have a few more months to go!
BORICUAWARRIOR 6/7/2011 4:28:00 PM

    I do all my work out in the mornings. It gives me energy for the rest of the day. I feel great and I am motivated to do more things during the day.
AVROIEN 6/6/2011 10:51:00 PM

    I work out in the morning. I was not always an early morning person. However, the weather (especially in the summer)has made it more necessary to start early so that I don't have to fight the hot temperatures. I have been doing this for so long now that it has become a habit.
4REAL2011 6/4/2011 6:19:00 AM

    I like working out when babe is down for his 2-3 hour nap. It gives me time to focus on just working out without any interruptions.
DOROTHYLEE61 5/13/2011 9:54:00 AM

    If I wait I get out of the mood..
KAKAY56 3/24/2011 7:06:00 PM

    Early is good... emoticon
GINGERSNAPED 3/5/2011 7:12:00 PM

    I try to get in done in the morning before i do anything else that way the rest of the day i don't sit there thinking i need to get up and exercise
TONI2011 1/29/2011 3:51:00 PM

    Yes getting some exercise in before work gets my day off to a better start !
NEVADASUE 12/14/2010 7:10:00 PM

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PUNZIE73 11/15/2010 9:05:00 AM

    I love a morning workout! It gets my metabolism revved for the day. Any other exercise I do for the day is "extra credit". I have to shower in the morning anyway, may as well get sweaty first! emoticon
PUNZIE73 11/15/2010 9:02:00 AM

    I love a morning workout! It gets my metabolism revved for the day. Any other exercise I do for the day is "extra credit". I have to shower in the morning anyway, may as well get sweaty first! emoticon
IN_IT_2_WIN_IT 11/3/2010 12:57:00 PM

    Working out in the morning seems to energize me for the whole day. When I workout after all day at work, all I want to do is go home, bathe and go to bed.
SUZIEQ115 10/30/2010 10:26:00 PM

    My work week is varied. 3 days a week, I have to be at work at 5am, and 2 days at 1pm. Morning workout does not work for me. I wish i had an 8 or 9am shift, but i dont.
CJPJHM 10/20/2010 8:07:00 AM

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AMUNSIE19 9/16/2010 4:40:00 PM

    It's my favorite way to start the day!!
CATHRINE2010 8/20/2010 8:03:00 AM

    I find I feel better all day when I get up to go to the gym at 5AM. However I always was an early riser but DH is not!!! I have to have everything ready the day before and I find I go to bed really early because of this. (But I would go to bed at 10:30 anyway). Glad to know there are more people like me out there. emoticon
CLAUDECF 8/10/2010 6:31:00 AM

    And what's done is done. When I postpone to the evening, a lot of the time, I don't get around to doing my cardio
GEORGIAGIRL26 8/6/2010 10:47:00 AM

    Yes, that is a very good idea. I agree with you 100% there. I get up around 5:30 every morning to start exercising. Holly
MZSUMTHING 7/25/2010 10:06:00 AM

    It is entirely too hot to be heading to gym in the evenings. I am one of those people who hate the ideal of showering at gym. There are too many distractions which is causing me not to work-out consistently.

I am going to head to gym tomorrow morning at 5:00 a.m./leave from their to head to work. The high temps are issue with packing lunch.... the insulated bags/w ice packs are not working considering the early morning temps are in 76+.

I might have to drive pass the job, drop-off the lunch/head home. We will see.
ANNFELIX 7/24/2010 4:24:00 PM

    I have tried this on and off and while I enjoy doing it I am not able to continue. I continue to do walks on my lunch hour.
*ERICA* 7/20/2010 12:36:00 PM

    This is a wonderful habit to get into and you feel better the rest of the day. Your not as tired and more energized. I find that my body gets me up every morning at 530 to go running now...I dont need an alarm!
FWASH6349 7/13/2010 6:15:00 PM

    This is so true. I love working out in the morning, I always feel better. Plus, I am a runner and it is easier running in the morning when the temperature is cooler. emoticon
FWASH6349 7/13/2010 6:10:00 PM

    This is so true. I love working out in the morning, I always feel better. Plus, I am a runner and it is easier running in the morning when the temperature is cooler. emoticon
DANIRY 7/13/2010 10:44:00 AM

    I exercise in the morning on the weekends. I find it gives me more energy throughout the day. I just wish I had time on the weekdays as well. But getting up at 3am is sooooo early. I usually use the snooze button for my 4:30am alarm.
THINSPARKLE 6/15/2010 4:00:00 PM

    AM walks and on my AB CIRCLE PRO wakes me up AND it gives me CONFIDENCE and ADRENALINE to face the day KNOWING that I took care of my AWESOME body first, not last...or too pooped later!
AVENGEFLIPPER 6/7/2010 12:24:00 PM

    I try to walk 45 min. in the mornings. It really does elevate my mood and gives me an accomplishment to start my day with. I think it keeps me more mellow throughout the day as well.
MSSHADEE2 6/4/2010 10:18:00 AM

    I am up at for a.m. either with my workout video or walking around my community it helps alot I feel better when i can start early
RACHAELK247 5/31/2010 8:12:00 PM

    I love an early work out! It's the best way for me to commit to the time and a great way to start the day feeling great about my accomplishment! LOVE IT!
HAPPYMOM8 5/27/2010 11:56:00 AM

    i only recently started to workout in the morning. Or at least get started before noon. My goal is 10,oo steps daily so I have to keep at it the rest of the day in some form. Thanks for a good suggestion! Pat
MARLIMOO 5/12/2010 11:16:00 AM

    This is what I do -Mon- Sat
TAMARASART 5/10/2010 11:30:00 AM

    This is the only way that I have time in my busy schedule before work starts. I helps I have a gym right at work. Come in workout, shower and I am just a few steps down the hallway from my desk. Keeps me motivated!
VAMPTRIANA4EVR 5/2/2010 5:18:00 PM

    I really need to get back in the habit of working out in the mornings.... I feel so much better when I get it done first thing. I have more energy all day. But I am also not a morning person so it is very hard to force myself to get up early and do it.
ROOTIHAUSMAN 4/30/2010 11:39:00 PM

    Great tip!
LOUDALYNN 4/25/2010 7:16:00 PM

    I just recently started doing this.. It is GREAT! I love it not being crowded at the gym. Also, I know myself well enough to know that if I wait until the evening to go workout, it wont happen!
MSDELISLE 4/23/2010 11:21:00 AM

    I've tried this and love the "boost" it adds to my day but I am not a morning person and am always hitting that snooze button. I am lucky in that my job gives me an extra hour to be combined with my lunch 3 days a week to exercise.
PATG132 4/9/2010 3:47:00 PM

    Wish I could invent a bed that would eject me early every morning & not let me crawl back in. I also prefer working out in the mornings, but have 2 force myself to get up. I have so much more energy in the a.m.
VYRONB 3/31/2010 11:23:00 PM

    Absolutely!!!
CALGARYNEWF 3/29/2010 12:33:00 PM

    I have the best intentions....every night I tell myself that tomorrow morning I will get up earlier and work out but when that alarm clock goes off...I have absolutley no will power in the morning.

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