I’m an early morning exerciser. For years I did the after work, evening workout thing and was o.k. with it. I would be drained from a day at work but would instantly feel revitalized once I started sweating. Now, with two kids, the morning works the best. And truthfully, I love it! I’ve always been a morning person so the switch was never really an issue. Plus, there are so many reasons to workout in the morning.
See the Sunrise
Hi, my name is Angela and I like sunrises, long walks on the beach and puppies.
So this isn’t really happening so much right now with daylight savings time and all, but a gorgeous sunrise is definitely a beautiful way to start the day. On clear days, I plan running routes that I know will have the best view. I’ve actually spent quite a few mornings chasing a sunrise just to see it at it’s peak. Totally makes my day marvelous.
When I work out first thing in the morning, it sets the tone for the day. I feel energized, refreshed and relaxed at the same time. My exercise endorphins pump me up to tackle my to do list, keep up with my kids or stay focused at work all day long. You’d think I’d be crashing by 10 a.m. but that’s never the case.
The morning is quiet. Really quiet. I’m alone with my thoughts and plans. I can work out a problem or I can come up with a brilliant idea. I can plan and prep for the day.
When I work out in the evening, I have a hard time falling asleep by 10 p.m. My endorphins would still be kicking away and not ready to quiet down anytime soon. With my zero dark thirty workouts, I’m ready for bed at a decent hour. I fall asleep immediately and stay asleep all night long.
The night before I set out all my workout clothes and gear. I set my alarm. Fortunately, I’m not a fan of the snooze button (I’ve never used it and never will). Sure it’s nice and cozy in bed but once I’m up and out of bed, it’s go time. Plus, no one will schedule a get together, a meeting or any other event at 5 a.m. No excuses. Get your workout done and get on with your day.
Of course, really the best time to exercise is ANY TIME that you can fit it in. If you absolutely can’t fathom working out in the morning, don’t do it. Ron thinks I’m absolutely nuts for waking up so early. He prefers the evening. We’re all different. You just have to find what works for you.
When is your perfect workout time?