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I thought it was just me who was having the time of my life trying to complete a pull up! What a great way to improve the strength in my arms and just getting it done. Thanx for the encouragement and means of training as I won't be so timid at the gym. Report
thanks! I will have to put the pull up as one of my new goals. :) Report
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Thanks for this article! Training for a 5k has been way more motivating for me than trying to lose a certain number of pounds by a certain date. I feel like I can control how hard and far I run much better than I can control how much weight I lose, and it's tremendously inspiring to go from someone who couldn't even jog to catch a bus, to running for 20 minutes straight! Report
these are really cool ideas. I never thought about using training for something as a goal, and the thing I like about these ideas is that even once you reach one, like say a marathon, you can always do the same goal again, but modify it. Like try to beat your time. cool! Report
NO exercise for me!!I hate to exercise but really need to do it.I am an artist and walk over to my studio everyday and I consider THAT my exercise,even though I know better.I have an old tread mill that I actually walk on about once every six months.Hope to work up the energy to do more walking next year but for now NO exercise or dieting for me! Report
In the past week or so, I have adjusted my body clock so that I am in bed by 9.30/10pm and am up by 6.30am. It feels soo great!! I get to go for a brisk walk/jog with my dog and if I don't have work too early, I squeeze in a Jillian Michaels workout DVD. I feel awesome for the rest of the day! In addition, I am more motivated to eat healthily and choose more nutrient-rich foods. Report
I am totally a morning person. When I work out in the morning I feel good all day and it gives me the opportunity to sometimes squeeze in another workout or walk later! Report
I totally agree with this article. I have been exercising every morning for 6+ weeks and I have noticed a huge difference. I just don't have time at night, but in the morning I can be done before the kids are even awake. My whole outlook on the day is so much better and I can face my day with a smile. Report
I started exercising in the morning last friday-I typically wait until the evening. it was hard to get up, but once you're up, it is amazing how much better you feel throughout the day! Report
I agree with KCBarbie...I am currently running early in the morning because I don't want to overheat my dog, who runs with me, but as soon as the weather cools off, I'll go back to my late afternoon/early evening workouts. My problem is that even if I sleep enough, exercise relaxes me SO much that as soon as I finish showering and eating breakfast, I can't keep my eyes open. When I exercise later in the day, I don't have this problem, and I never have trouble going to sleep because the exercise works out the stress from my day. I don't have trouble disciplining myself to exercise when I have planned it, though, and nutrition isn't a problem either, since I plan my food so that I am ready to exercise when it's time. Morning exercise just wouldn't work for me during the school year when I have to teach (and think!) in the morning. It really just isn't for everyone--but I'm happy for everyone that has found it to be the solution for them. Report
I just purchased a Wii fit game. I love working out with the Wii sports game in the evening after work. I too would love to get up in the morning and exercise before my day gets started. The problem is I am very attached to the snooze button on my alarm clock. Hopefuly, once I've set up my Wii fit, I am hoping to start getting up early to workout. I will share the results. I will either conquer being able to get up early and work out before my day begins or I simply will not be able to detach myself from the snooze button on the alarm clock. Time will tell!!!!! Report
I can not say enough good things about exercising in the morning. It changed my life. Making the change was hard. What did it for me was finding a personal trainer to exercise with in the morning - I had to be there or I threw money away. If a personal trainer is not feasible, I recommend getting a workout buddy - preferably one who already exercises in the mornings.

I no longer use a personal trainer, but I NEVER miss my morning workouts. Report
I split the difference: I do about 20 minutes of free weights and cardio along with some stretching in the mornings, then go to the gym in the afternoon after I get home from work. I bring my gym bag with me so I can go straight there - if I stop at home to change I rarely make it to the gym.

I really notice the difference when I skip my morning workout for any reason - I have a much harder time waking up and feel sluggish all day. I roll (sometimes literally) out of bed about 5 am every morning to get it done, but it's always worth it. Report
Does anyone have some tips or encouragement to help me actually get out of bed when the alarm goes off? I'm groggy and can't even think straight and don't seem to have the ability to reason with myself and convince myself it's a good thing. I work at a physical therapy clinic with equipment and in May 07 I decided to work out on my lunch hour, eat healthy and lose the weight. I started at 175 and my goal was just to be thinner and feel great about myself. I lost 30 pounds (actually 32) and was at that weight for a few months. I got very ill and then my son had open heart surgery. Over those months (now 7 months) I was not able to work out regularly and got out of the routine. I also injured my back 2 months ago and am TRYING to do exercises that will strengthen my back and core without causing more injury. It's been an emotional struggle as I have gained back 7 pounds. I went from a size 12 (almost 14) to an 8 (very loose 8). Now my 8's are getting snug and I feel so uncomfortable. At this time I don't really have a work out buddy. I'm not sure how this group works or if I'll be able to make a connection with others through this website but I hope so. Life is a journey and I know that we are not intended to do it alone. Work has gotten busier and it's harder to get a work out in at lunch so I've been trying to work out on my elliptical at home in the evening. I have always been a night owl and know the benefits of working out first thing in the morning. I truly want to change my body clock and be able to get up at 5:30 to get a good work out and a shower in before my two boys get up for school. I'd love to hear some victorious stories or tips from anyone who has been there and now is a regular early morning fitness queen! thanks! jandesmama Report

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