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5/4/13 9:26 A

i never been a early riser.. but today i woke up at 6am to get in a workout before work. and let me tell you!! It feels great!! Im sure ill have a great day at work.. and whats even better.. when i get home.. i get to relax because the workout is already done.

SUSANE53 SparkPoints: (31,825)
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5/4/13 8:16 A

I've always been an early riser. When my kids were little, I cherished my "alone" time. I also had the kitchen cleaned up, lunches made, and dishes done before the little darlings had to get up and ready for school. Pre-kids, I exercised before work. After being a "stay-at-home-mommy" for more than 20 years, I'm back at work in a job I seriously dislike. I set my alarm every day for 5am (where I used to wake at 5 with no alarm needed), then lie in bed arguing with myself to get up and get in 45 minutes of exercise until its too late and I need to make my lunch, get myself ready, and get to work (usually in a rush to make it on time - which I also seriously dislike). I feel that if I liked what I was about to do with my day, it would be a lot easier to get back in the groove of rising early to exercise. By the way, I've been starting my day with the daily argument for almost 10 months now, and I've GAINED 10 pounds since I went back to work.

How do I break this depressing cycle?!?!?

HEALTHYLADY12 Posts: 544
12/23/12 12:08 P

For me its having time to myself. Plus I get more done and im not as rushed.

ALISKYE SparkPoints: (45,637)
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12/23/12 11:33 A

I want to work on getting up earlier. I think an hour would make a world of difference. Thanks for the article.

ROXIGIRL SparkPoints: (90,932)
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12/23/12 2:49 A

I have been doing this for years. However after birth of my son 2 years ago i had to change my routine and wake up little bit earlier. After exercising i feel great and ready for anything.

MYUTMOST4HIM Posts: 11,453
12/22/12 8:23 P

no traffic

IJOANIE Posts: 422
12/22/12 7:38 P

It is essential that I get up early ! It is the only quiet time I will have all day!
I do daily Bible reading, and worship!Getting that time in and a cup of coffee, then I can face the day, with all it's struggles and challenges! I try to do ten or fifteen minutes in the morning, and then. More later in the day if possible.I am not fully awake and functioning well til around noon!When I worked, I worked 2 cd and 3 rd shifts! And now find my most productive time in the evenings!

MEANREDS92 Posts: 818
12/21/12 10:23 P

I am trying to wake up early, and stay awake. As a college student with chronic fatigue, that is the real challenge. Far too often I wake at 6:30-7:00am only to be back in bed by noon after a morning class. Years ago, I was an early riser, but high school taught me to push late in the night to finish that essay or that reading for class the next day. I'm having a difficult time adjusting back into early rising, despite knowing the benefits of early rising.

KWOOD1955 SparkPoints: (72,886)
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12/21/12 1:09 P

To have a few moments to myself.

BERKANA_T Posts: 138
12/21/12 11:51 A

I am NOT a morning person. Until I've had my first cup of coffee or tea, and had at least an hour to myself, I am simply not fit for human companionship.

Or at least, that's what I was like before I started getting up early to work out.

I now find that on the days I get up early and work out, I have a lot more energy all day. I often wake up at 6:30 at the latest every morning, whether I have an alarm set or not. I'm still not a morning person though. I still don't want to have to deal with other people until I've been awake at least an hour. The good news is that, because I get up earlier than everyone else in the house in order to get my work out in, that is simply not a problem. I'm usually out of the shower and capable of being a decent human being before anyone else is crawling out of bed.

It was not easy adjusting my schedule so that I could get up earlier to work out. But I don't regret it for a second.

CARILOUIE SparkPoints: (94,856)
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12/21/12 9:10 A

I love waking up early! It's so quiet and peaceful. I drink my coffee and watch the sun come up.

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12/21/12 1:53 A

I have seen that waking up early is the best thing that has happened to me. Loved sleeping late & never liked to wake up but now I find it is nice to wake up early! It's a great habit. Just needed some motivation! To help you get motivated, follow this:

Edited by: ROXANNEDETIERRO at: 12/21/2012 (01:55)
NYARAMULA Posts: 23,325
10/19/12 2:02 A

I have been waking up at 4.00a.m. almost every single day for the past 4 years. I realized that this was the surest way to ensure that I get at least an hour of exercise everyday. Anything else I do later in the day in terms of activity is just a bonus.

I walk around feeling very superior - like I have achieved something that most people have not.

JANEEL Posts: 63
10/19/12 12:32 A

For me the most important thing is not the exact hour that we get up but the fact that a)it's not the worst experience each day b) we don't break our promisses. What I mean is two obvious things that took me some good time to realize. If I really wake up the same our each day (also during most of the weekends) my body knows the routine and does not make me feel like I'm dying the first thing after I get up. Second thing is the mood and motivation. If I promised myself the day before to get up at 6 and then I hit snooze button multiple times and get up much later I already feel demotivated, defeated, weak. Not a good position to start a good day!

Edited by: JANEEL at: 10/19/2012 (00:34)
BVMARR SparkPoints: (0)
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10/19/12 12:26 A

I'm with Lizza on this. I wouldn't mind trying though

LIZAALCANTARA SparkPoints: (0)
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10/18/12 11:26 P

I just can't get up early, unfortunately i am not a morning person.

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10/18/12 11:09 P

Beautiful time of day. Refreshing to watch the sun rise.

N16351D Posts: 2,349
10/18/12 10:18 P

Did I forget to mention that getting my body adjusted to rising early had been a struggle for many years? I was committed to exercising, and it was the only time of the day when I could do it! No one cares what I do before about 7:30 AM! No demands on my time from work or family.
( I wish it could be like mornings all day!)

Adjusting to rising early was easier when I had a partner to go jogging with. For ten years, a single teacher next door met me at 6 AM. We were home by 6:45. We often said, "I wouldn't be here if you weren't here!"

It is very difficult to find others willing to exercise with me around 5-6 AM. I cherish the friendships when I do find that one. Been jogging at that hour for about 35 years. Had three consistent ladies join me. We became very good friends, but life circumstances had us moving different directions and the friendships lasted, but not the jogging partners.

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10/18/12 7:50 P

Interesting read! Thanks for sharing. I wish I struggled less getting up earlier in the morning. I''m trying and it's getting better....but still a struggle.

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10/18/12 6:01 P

Getting in my exercise before the sun rises

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10/18/12 4:47 P

That is a very interesting article. I do get up early, but I am not in the habit of exercising in the morning, usually I do it in the evening. I might try and get up just a little earlier and try it out to see how it works for me.

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10/18/12 4:41 P

I needed this! I had been going to bed at 4am because my afternoon workout gives me so much energy...I want to try mornings but I keep sleeping until 11 or 12...even today I wanted to get up at 9am then stayed in bed...felt like a truck hit me. Forgot I slipped an fell in the kitchen last night and that's why I was in so much pain! I bookmarked these and will try implementing them Monday!

BARBWMS Posts: 1,396
10/18/12 11:41 A

I love getting up early; that being said, however, I also don't love being up and dressed and wearing shoes... the first half hour of the day I want quiet, calm, even solitude! I leave for work at about 6 each day and on weekends I will sometimes sleep a bit later than my normal 4:45. Where I find I have gotten smarter, though, is that I no longer think I can thrive on 4 hours of sleep a night as I did for years. I do find it easier to be healthy with more sleep and it needs to come BEFORE midnight! Academically I've always understood this, but it's amazing how it works in practice.

N16351D Posts: 2,349
10/18/12 10:58 A

Not noted in the article was the results of a study done years ago that discovered that early morning exercisers tend to be more consistent and get more workouts in per week than those who did it any time later in the day.

Another point not in the article is the freedom from interruptions. There are no "urgent" messages, phone calls, no meeting, lunches with ladies or social gatherings at 5 AM.

Thirty-five years ago I began the conversion from late morning to early morning riser. I made the adjustment slowly using all techniques the author of the article indicated. It worked, but it took a long time until I woke at 5 AM without prompting.

I also noticed that when I have to rise at 4-5 AM for public transportation for travel (boats and planes), it is easier for me to do it than my peers. I am awake and alert all day, and my travel companions look like they want to be asleep.

Also not noted is that in general, after 9 PM, with the exception of those who work late, the night hours are not productive time. Most people (not all!) sit in front of the television until they are ready to sleep. This is one of the most unproductive habits of all, since you are sitting and not moving, and the TV actually stimulates instead of winding one down for sleep.It is different for those who are reading late at night.

The morning time is my most productive time of the day because it is quiet and I can think. No one cares what I do before around 7:30 AM.

I greatly cherish the time between 5-7 AM. The glorious sunsets the author mentioned are worth the rising early. They are spectacular and most people miss them.

Another benefit of early rising is that during the first 15 years of our marriage when my husband disagreed with my early exercise habit, he fought about it and insisted I get chores done with that time. He said it was selfish to go "play" in sports rather than go to work. I noted that it was selfish for him to spend 25 hours in front of the TV each week instead of working or exercising. He knew that about me before we married, so why would he think I would quit working out every day? So, I would be back from my run or other workout before he awoke and arose, and he would not have even known that I was gone!!! I snuck in my exercising during "my" time and for ten years he didn't know about it. We agreed we each had our own way to function to get the most out of our day. He is a 60 -pound overweight couch potato, and I am the same size I was in high school. I wish he would join me, but we all make our own choices and live with the consequences.

There really is a lot to be said for getting that early start on your day. This is enough of my reasons for now, but there actually are more!

I hope the article and my post encourage someone out there to consider early morning options. It is well worth the effort to make the change.

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10/18/12 10:45 A

Good article. Thanks for sharing.

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