Working out, options and ideas?
Friday, January 20, 2012
My ideas are kinda all over- so be patient with this one .
Back a few years I started working out first thing in the morning, that way life wouldn’t get in the way. It worked well for a long time, but now I am starting to question if I should keep things the way they are more try to change it up.
Currently I weight train (with a bit of cardio) at the gym on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The gym is actually located in the building next to where I work so very convenient. I get up at 403 in the morning (no that isn’t a typo); get my gear and lunch/snack (mostly prepped the night before to save time in the AM) and make/eat breakfast and head to gym (missing rush hour traffic). I work out then head straight to work at ~630am. I usually get home around 420pm (missing rush hour traffic). Sometimes at night I’ll do a little more cardio (bike ride, walk). I try to get to bed between 8 and 9 pm, usually around 830. Yah, that means I go to bed way before dusk in the summer months. DH even bought me blackout sheets and lined the windows with cardboard so it would be dark in the bedroom for me. My work time is a bit flexible, so I can move it around if necessary.
On Tuesday and Thursday I get up around 430 and do cardio at home before work (though sometimes I’ll still go to the gym when I need variety). The rest of the day follows suit.
My issue: Getting up a smidge after 4 in the morning is getting harder and harder. I still get up and work out. But every morning my first thought is “why am I get up so early” follow by “should I just go back to sleep?” Some mornings I do go back to bed for an extra 15 minutes or so because I feel extra sleepy.
Keep working out in the morning.
Pros- homemade breakfast right before. Missing traffic. Not worn out for working all day. Getting home about the same time as DH. Having time to work out in PM if I feel like it. Having time to do stuff on Friday night or other times after work.
Cons- 4 in the AM! Means going to bed really early to catch my zz’s
Work out during lunch.
Pros-not 4 in the morning, I’d still mostly miss rush hour traffic
Cons-my lunch can be a bit random in time (and sometimes short). My workout also usually takes more than an hour- then a shower, and eating lunch. Sometimes I have group lunches/meetings I need to attend.
Workout after work
Pros- no real time limits other than being in family time.
Cons- DH get homes around 410PM and I like to be home around the same time-not required though. Getting caught in traffic, especially in winter. Being tired after a long day at work and not wanting to go. Planning another away from home meal before going to work out.