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Learn to Love A.M. Exercise

(Even if You're Not a Morning Person)

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  • One size doesn't fit all! I am an older retiree whose mornings are devoted to prayer & reflection, coffee, reading, showering, and dressing - in that order! Exercise is scheduled between breakfast and lunch, then getting up and moving every hour in the afternoon. Even when I worked, my gym days were after work or early evening with walking breaks during the day! I like that the article points to benefits of morning exercise, but each person needs to figure out what works best for them! - 8/3/2016 12:49:42 PM
  • Something I never see mentioned in articles about the benefit of exercising in the morning is that (for me, at least) I get more exercise done in less time because I am not so tired! If I wait till late to get on the treadmill, I TRUDGE along as if I am walking in molasses! In the morning, it takes me a few minutes to warm up, but then I can walk faster and longer than if I do it at night. If I walk the same amount of time that I do at night, I actually walk faster and farther. I usually add more minutes just because it feels so good! Maybe it's just because I am old! :) :) - 6/13/2016 9:51:54 PM
  • This is a great article, and I can believe that early morning exercise is a positive habit to cultivate. I wish, however, someone could come up with as many good reasons for late morning, afternoon and early evening exercise for those of us who have chronic pain and often are unable to sleep well until 2 hours before we have to get up. I so appreciate the importance of daily exercise and movement, but I guess my body is always wondering what the heck is going on because the only time I have regularly scheduled exercise is when I go to exercise classes 2x a week. The rest of the time, it's whenever I'm up for a walk (except when I'm the only one home to take our dog out...then I'm on her schedule), weight training or something more ambitious. - 6/2/2016 10:47:55 AM
  • This is a very good article! Will start to think about the items listed when I don't want to get out of the bed! :) - 4/7/2016 4:33:09 PM
  • Interesting article! I am reluctant to exercise in the morning but go to the gym one or two days a week at 7:30 in the morning because my schedule makes it impossible to go in the evening (which I prefer). I look at all the positives of this "forced" schedule- it feels great to not worry that the weather will turn bad in the evening and make it hard for me to drive, and I do feel more energized the rest o the day. Plus I feel it is good to mix it up so your body is used to exercise at various times of the day. - 3/26/2016 7:51:02 AM
  • I consider myself a morning person, usually wake up a few minutes before my 6 AM alarm, but I don't get enough sleep as it is to wake up any earlier, as I don't usually get to bed until 10-11PM. I work 10 hours on my feet, run errands, then homework and computer time and my bedtime routine. I did kickboxing after work today and didn't even get home until almost 9, and still have stuff to do. - 3/17/2016 10:33:25 PM
  • I am not and have never been a morning person - especially on gloomy, grey spring mornings! I guess I'm part bear because I'd love to just hibernate through the short days/long nights. My day tomorrow is chock full so the only time I have to get my walk in is in the morning so I'll be dragging myself out of bed to do it. It's supposed to be 14C tomorrow and sunny so it shouldn't be too much of a hardship! This morning was grey and rainy at 1C so my exercise will wait until it brightens up somewhat. - 3/11/2016 10:36:58 AM
  • I am a morning person, but have to work on my exercise, I get discouraged because I can't walk that far and am slow, sometimes feel that what I am wasting my times. - 3/10/2016 3:54:10 PM
  • I am sure this article was well meaning but for me I cannot usually bring myself to exercise in the morning unless forced to. I guess that's just how I am made. Now WORK is something else entirely (paid or for myself). - 2/4/2016 8:56:59 PM
  • This is so true. The most success that I have had is when I made morning exercise a part of may daily routine. It sets you up for better decisions the rest of the day. No morning coffee needed, after working out that muffin seemed like a waist of a good workout and free headspace in the morning. - 12/22/2015 1:47:10 PM
  • My reason to exercise in the morning - just to get it over with.
    - 11/9/2015 8:48:56 AM
  • I am definitely an AM person and I love to exercise in the morning. - 11/9/2015 6:12:58 AM
  • Isn't just getting up and getting in the shower enough exercise in the morning?! :) - 10/7/2015 2:36:48 PM
  • I always enjoy exercise in the AM thank goodness. by the evening I am spent, - 9/7/2015 8:04:17 AM
  • I can get a few minutes in during the morning but I'm literally stumbling around first thing in the morning. Ten minutes on the treadmill and another ten walking the dog gets some of my exercise out of the way early, but I am able to concentrate better in the afternoon or evening to get the more intense stuff done. - 8/9/2015 9:40:18 AM

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