It's About Mental Health, Too

Thursday, January 10, 2013

One thing I notice on my days that I workout in the mornings: my mood is much happier throughout the entire day. Not that I can't have an enjoyable day on my rest days (those are important for recovery), but there's just something about morning workouts that I love.

Oddly enough, I still don't consider myself a morning person. Winter mornings in the Midwest are even worse. You mean I have to roll out of my warm bed while it's still dark out, scrape my car windows, freeze my buns off during the 2 min. drive to the gym and try to run while I'm still half asleep? No thanks!

But about a year ago, I didn't have much of a choice. I was getting home from work by 7 p.m., and working out was the last thing on my mind. So, I started getting up at 6 a.m. to drive to the gym to get a run in about 3 times per week. And, I realized how great it made me feel.

To me, it's so much better than an evening workout: less people at the gym (even with all of those New Year's resolutions to lose weight), more time in the evening to spend with my husband, more energy throughout the day, and a happier attitude.

But, it's still a love/hate relationship. I still don't love it by any means! There are days when I do skip a morning workout and (try to anyways) make up for it on an off day. I cannot wait for those summer months where getting out of bed is a tiny bit easier. But, until then, I'll just have to focus on the positive aspects of morning workouts.

How do you motivate yourself to get a morning workout in during the winter?
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    2320 days ago
    I've noticed that as well -- if I do any type of workout in the morning that it "brightens" my day! I try to remind myself of that as I'm getting out of bed, feeling kind of grey. And I turn on very amped-up music and really pump it up if I can. It really does help!

    I live in Southern California, but you wouldn't know it this last month, seriously rainy. No matter what I try to do something every day and I DO notice the difference with my attitude!

    Good luck!

    2320 days ago
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