First thing in the morning works best for me. I also keep workout clothes in my trunk so if I miss my morning workout, I go straight to the gym after work.
11/13/12 3:40 P
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11/13/12 3:32 P
I would have to get up at 2:30am to workout in the morning. I will work out after work during the week that is three times and then I work out in the morning on the weekend. It is not optimal but at least it gets done.
I work out in the evening, between 5 and 7, depending on my timetable. I have found that the gym is full on a Tuesday, but pretty empty every other night. Friday night is dead. I do classes because I like them. If you want to workout at a certain time then ask at your gym about how you can make it work.
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11/13/12 2:47 P
I usually exercise once all of the other things are done, dinner cooked, daughter in bed, etc.. So my exercise is usually done at night. It is just easier for me. I would like to find a way to incorporate it earlier. I usually try and get time throughout the day to fit some workouts in, such as long walks on a break, just in case I am a little too tired to workout before bed.
11/13/12 1:50 P
I workout right after I get out of work.
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690 11/13/12 11:06 A
7 AM and then try to fit in mini workouts throughout the day
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65 11/13/12 10:59 A
I exercise 1-2pm M,W,F and try to squeeze in walking on the other days
11/13/12 10:55 A
I try to always exercise in the morning. That way I don't have other things interfer with my day and take away exercise time.
I wake up between 4:25 and 5:00 am every weekday morning to get in my workout. It's the only way I've ever been consistent, no excuses to get in the way with kids' activities, too tired after work, etc. I don't do super long workouts 25-45 minutes, depending, and I workout at home.
11/13/12 10:08 A
every morning for the gym and each evening for my 10K walk
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1,964 11/13/12 9:23 A
I work out in the morning. It was difficult for a long time (and still is some days) to get out of bed but its the only time I can add hours to the day. It's done before I have any excuses. Yes, it means going to bed a little earlier at night but that was just time I was sitting watching TV anyway.
11/13/12 7:57 A
This topic has arisen on these spark message boards frequently. I learned 33 years ago that if I didn't get my workout done early in the morning, it was not going to happen. Every single time I tried to exercise any other time of day, something would come up to interrupt. If I didn't put others requests or my employment first, someone in my family would get mad at me (spouse, or parents), or I would lose my job.
So I began getting up earlier to return before others awoke and it worked. My husband, a baseball player who jogged with me before marriage, considered my exercise time selfish and a waste of time after marriage since there was too much work to do. I figured out I could go jogging and return home before he awoke, and he would never even know I had been outside. This is the guy who watches 25 hours or more of television per week!
I had to train myself to get up to jog in the dark, cold rain. I hated it, but I loved the results I have now been jogging for 40 years, usually on dark mornings, and it has been well worth the effort to make the change.
See threads: "Getting up early to work out" and "Does anyone workout at 4:30 AM?"
I have about twenty reasons for getting up early to work out. The main one is that if it is not done then, experience dictates it will not happen. But also studies show that early morning exercisers tend to be more consistent than those who work out other times of the day.
It takes time to adjust your body to the early morning exercise. There is a great article on SP about it, and I just spent about 15 minutes looking for it but was unable to locate it. The main tip if you decide you must do it early as I have, is to gradually adjust your body to the change. You don't start by getting up 1-2 hours earlier than normal. Instead, get up 15- 30 minutes earlier and go outside to walk (yes, even in the dark, cold rain!). Once you are out and moving, I tend to not want to come back inside! Do this for a few weeks, then bump it back to rising 30- 60 minutes earlier than your normal waking hour. There are loads of tips on making the change on other threads in SP and a few articles.
Another part of making the change is to go to bed earlier. I found that when I rise at 5 AM to do a 5 mile run. I am so exhausted by 9 PM I can't keep my eyes open another minute and I collapse into a deep sleep fast. But it takes months to build up to that from a sedentary lifestyle. There was a time when I rose at 4:30 to work out, but that was in my early thirties and those days are long gone!
Good luck figuring out how to fit exercise into your day! The main thing is to do it at a time when you can be consistent, get it on your calendar, and get it done.
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11/13/12 5:39 A
heading out in 20 minutes (6 am). Been working out early for at least 10 years.
I work out in the morning -- it's just the only time of day that I feel like I am at my best, plus it gives me energy for the rest of the day. And since it's the first thing I do, it always gets done. Sometimes I don't want to get out of bed but then I imagine having to re-tool my workout notebook for the rest of the week if I skip a workout and it's too much trouble so I just get up.
If you are pushed for time, one thing to consider is higher intensity workouts. By pursuing techniques such as High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), you can get in a great workout in just 20-25 minutes.
And apart from the time benefit, getting your heart rate higher actually has greater health and fitness benefits than longer lower intensity workouts.
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1 11/13/12 1:24 A
I've discovered I cannot wake up early by 1.5 hours before work to exercise. It's just too early for me and I'm confused about what to eat or if I even should eat before I work out. I've discovered that working out during lunch works well, however, it's not easy trying to fit a longer workout especially if your workload is high. Ideally I'd like to avoid working out right after work because everybody and their mother work out around the 5 to 6pm timeframe at the gym. When do you guys normally work out and how has it been working out for you?
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