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I started rowing on my college crew team last year and I absolutely love it. Most college students would hate to get up at 4:30 in the morning but it is perfect for me. I am an engineer so I am swamped with school work and so I know that if I didn't make a commitment to exercise I wouldn't "have the time". Joining the team not only makes me accountable but at 4:30 in the morning... what else do I have to do besides sleep? Report
thank you so much! I have never been able to stick to a routine but after reading this thought I would try morning workouts too and it's working! I started small so I wouldn't have to get up too early and local (walking in my neighborhood) so it was easy and I'm happy to say I've been consistent and I'm loving the benefits and the feeling of finally being able to stick to doing something good for myself! Thank you for this article! Report
I kept trying to exercise in the morning, but I just couldn't get up! But exercising in the evening was revving me up and I couldn't go to bed at a decent hour.

So this week I started working out in the morning. But now I have several problems:

1. Since I started working out in the a.m., I have been tired all day. I think that will go away.

2. I probably have not been doing as much other physical activity because I tell myself I can relax since I already worked out (and I am tired!).

3. I have more time in the evenings for idle snacking, which is my weakness. I seem to have been more hungry in general, too. That could be because I am working out more and burning more calories. I hope I am not eating so much that I am killing all my workout efforts! Report
5 years ago I was getting up at 4:30 am to exercise for an hour before getting ready for work and lost 50 pounds in the process - my mother became sick and died - I chucked my whole routine in the midst of the chaos and gained all 50 pounds back! It's been several years of being miserable and knowing that I need to do something about my health as I'm now a borderline diabetic. I'm hoping to get back some of that inspiration I had just a few short years ago - I keep mulling over in my mind, "If you keep doing what you're doing, you'll keep gettin' what you got." something like that - anyway, I'm longing to make some serious PERMANENT changes - and this is the first one - going back to getting up early to get my metabolic clock ticking! This is definitely a goal for me that I plan on conquering! Report
I'm up at 4:30 a.m. to exercise five days a week and can't go back to sleeping in! Don't get me wrong, I love my bed, but when I exercise I feel better, look better, and have a much more positive outlook. I'm more focused at work and a much nicer person at home. Every morning when that alarm goes off, it's a struggle to throw off those covers and go through a hard workout, but I just tell myself that getting out of bed is half the work. By the time I'm in the car, I'm ready to go! Report
My wife cheryl and I are morning excercisers. We have TWO reasons for enjoying early morning workouts. 1. Fellowship. We workout at the fitness center on the military base near our home. During our early morning workout mostly retired military are in the gym (yes we're retired military) we have a strong network of young military retireees that motivate each other to continue a healthy fitness program. 2. Less crowded during the hours we work out. (8:30am to 10:30am) Our fitness center is a popular watering when the military gets off work so getting it done (workout) in the am ensures shorter lines for equipment and as I said earlier time to fellowship while working out the bod. Report
Iam a terrible night owl but now the kidsare back in school I have to get up earlier anyway. I am trying desperately, however, it isn't easy. I live in Minnesota and at 6:00 AM it is still dark right now. The sun rises about 6:30. I have had such a change in my mood as well as energy level when I have exercised in the morning. I'd love to do it every day! Report
I keep trying to make myself exercise in the morning (well, I have to try to make myself exercise at ANY time really since I really do hate it) but I haven't been able to get in the swing of it. Besides hating to get out of bed (definitely not a morning person), does no one but me just crash after they exercise? It gives me an energy boost for maybe up to an hour and then I'm so tired or sleepy for the next few hours that it's practically comical. Any idea what that's about? Report
I'm new to morning exercise too, and I'm learning to love it. I say learning, because I'm not all there yet. The downside is the getting out of bed and the working out in the dark part, the upside is it's over and I do feel great once I get going. . . Report
Jack LaLanne will be 94 next month and he gets up at 5 AM every day and works out for two hours. He says he HATES getting out of a warm bed and leaving a warm wife, but he loves the benefits!! (She does her work out about 9 AM.) Report
I am sure this article is only suggesting the morning for those who are able to work out in the morning but are undecided about it, or have a hard time getting up to do it.

And it doesn't mean cutting into your sleep... you can just go to bed earlier. That's what I do.

I agree with this article 100%. I used to go to a martial arts/kickboxing class at 6:45 PM, and I just couldn't do it. By that time, I just do not have the energy. In the evening, after class, ESPECIALLY after dinner, I just want to relax. It is so much easier for me to get up in the morning and get it done. Hell, by the time I wake up enough to realize what I am doing, my workout is done!

If martial arts/kickboxing were at 6 AM, I'd be there every single day!!! Report
This is a good article, but I think what we need to keep in mind is that everyone has a different schedule and different things work for different people. I for one do not work a 9 - 5 job, I work a second shift job from 2-10 pm. Obviously the workout times that are best for me will be different than for someone who has to be up at 4:30 am! Finding a time that works for you and sticking with it is what matters. And I believe that Spark also says to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night, so is it really smart to cut into your sleep time to rise early for workouts?? Report
I am a teacher and for the entire summer holiday I woke before 6 a.m. and went for a walk around my neighbourhood. I started with just a 20 minute "power walk" with 80s disco music on mp3 player and gradually increased my time until my last walk was 1h 45 mins. I just loved it - and I went whatever the weather - taking a backpack with waterproofs if the weather looked dodgy. I lost 10 lbs fairly effortlessly (and have kept it off so far - 4 weeks into term! ) Sadly, my teaching day starts so early I cannot possibly manage it during term time. Can't wait until my next break so I can hit those pavements again. (Though this will not be until December and it is very dark at 6 a.m then!) I do have a plan to do a mini 15 min stretching session in the kitchen every morning, but have not managed that even once yet!!! Report
I use to wake up at 2:45am to get to the gym by 3:30am. Did it for 2 years will never do it again! I was always tired at work and never got enough sleep. Now I work out after work again and all is better. Morning work outs are not for everyone... Report
This all sounds fine and dandy, but what you don't have the pleasure of belonging to a gym? would a nice brisk walk around the block a few times work as well? Especially for myself, who basically has no exercise plan at all, and am very overweight?
Any ideas? ( Report

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