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ROCKER52192 SparkPoints: (1,787)
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12/23/13 12:33 P

I know this isn't an option for everyone, but look into your local gym. Each season, they release a class schedule of different classes to attend. I'm one who loves to live on a schedule. So say you want to do a class on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It will stay on that day and the same time. Since it becomes routine, it seems easier to do.

MLEHTO Posts: 734
12/22/13 10:16 P

I definitely understand the frustration with having your workout time changed! I am not a morning person either and much prefer to workout in the afternoon or evening. Getting up and working out in the morning is very difficult for me as well. The only time I have been able to do it is when I was meeting a trainer. Try to find a running partner to run with at least a couple of times a week that might help. When I was meeting a trainer, it was easier for me to get up the other days of the week knowing that I was going to have to make some progress on my own in order to make the trainer's time (and my money) worthwhile.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,764
12/22/13 5:09 P

I get up at 4:30 to get to the gym by 5 so I try to be in bed no later than 10pm. Sometimes I go to bed at 9 if I'm tired. I would sleep in if I could but I know that if I don't get up and get my exercise at that time, I won't have time the rest of the day.

YARNADDICT_ SparkPoints: (1,014)
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12/22/13 4:51 P

Make sure you're getting enough sleep. If you're going to bed late and trying to get up very early it's going to be harder. For some reason I don't go to bed until later than I should and it's very difficult to wake up (granted if I went to bed as early as I need to to feel human by morning, I barely have time for dinner in between coming home from work and going to sleep, but that's another story..)

NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,244)
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12/16/13 9:49 P

I am *not* a morning person, but if I don't run first thing (usually 5am, once a week 4:30am), I just don't seem to get it done. It just gets to be a habit, so it isn't as hard. And my weekly 4:30 run is with a friend, so even though it's at a ridiculous hour of the morning, it's the run I look forward to the most.

I'm the opposite of Zorbs--I sleep as late as I possibly can and have everything ready to go when I get up. I go from fast asleep to out the door in about 6 minutes.

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
12/15/13 9:29 P

There are a number of message board threads regarding getting up early to exercise. I suggest doing a quick search and you'll have hundreds of suggestions.

What has worked for me: setting my alarm so I have to get up, setting out my clothes the night before, and some MAJOR pep talking. I remind myself that I never regret a run, it puts me in a much better mood for the day, and I'll probably feel more awake if I get up and run.

I also mix up my runs so I don't have to wake up super early every morning.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,454
12/15/13 5:46 P

The body gets into a natural habit in terms of sleep and wake cycles, and preparing itself for exercise. If you can somehow force yourself to get up early and go for a run for even just a few days in a row, then the body will start to adapt to a new cycle, and exercising in the morning will become easier.

I like the suggestion of positioning your alarm clock so that you HAVE to get out of bed to turn it off.


RAVENHAWK_49417 Posts: 14
12/14/13 8:39 P

Another option is to move your alarm clock. Place it someplace where you have to get oyt of bed to turn it off. You may find it easier to stay up if you have to get out of bed. After a few weeks it will become more of a habit to start running earlier. Best of luck.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (199,401)
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12/14/13 6:02 A

Oh and another thing that really works for me is that I set the alarm for up to 3 snooze button pushes and also allows me to have a leisurely breakfast. Most people seem to go for the get everything ready, jump out of bed and go method, but I woul rather take my time and taking the pressure off myself to hurry hurry out of's not worth the extra 15 min sleep.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (199,401)
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12/14/13 5:58 A

I run at 5-6 am 4-5 days a week but I get up at 4 something every day except Sunday. I actually got up at 3:45 once this week! A long time (10+ years) ago, I used to do 2 things: 1) make myself a deal for a treat for getting up early 2) I'd call myself all kinds of awful names to remind myself why I needed to go exercise. I'd always get it done, so after awhile it got really boring to have this mental fight every morning..there's no option, get up and go.

Nowadays I often have running partners that meet me at 5 am, and I also seriously have NO other time to run, and I have races to train for.

WILLOWYGIRL SparkPoints: (0)
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12/14/13 3:18 A

So I used to run regularly around 4pm every day, (and still run around that time if I have a cancellation at work) but my work has changed so I have mornings free and don't get off until close to 8pm and its dark out.

Every morning I set my alarm with the intention to get up early to go running and I just end up snoozing it all through the time that I was supposed to be running. I love to run, so please don't suggest I pick up a different hobby, I just don't understand how people get up extra early to exercise? What is it that makes the difference between snoozing and moving? my brain always seems to think I will have plenty of time later.

Please give me advise! I really need the exercise, but my preferred time isn't available, and that isn't going to change!

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