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Learn to Love A.M. Exercise

(Even if You're Not a Morning Person)

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  • I would say do what is best for you. I am a morning person, and that was why I started my work day before 6 A.M. where I could used my brain. I had tried exercise (mainly weight lifting) in the morning and I woke up at 3:30, ate plain oatmeal, and arrived in the gym nearby at 4 A.M. Then I rushed thru my work out (60 minutes instead of 90), pushed to about 80% of my strength and tried to reserved enough energy for my 10 - 12 hour workday. I would warmed and rushed my full protein meal once I arrived at my work. Then I would starved at lunch, and ate junk food so I could lasted the afternoon. I did that for almost a year and gave up. Now I started work at 5 A.M. had a good breakfast and high carb lunch. I would be ready around 5 P.M. in the gym, gave my 120%, had my meal afterward around 7 P.M. and got a good night of sleep. I still did 30 minutes cardio work at home in the weekend morning regularly. - 11/10/2016 8:04:42 PM
  • Not a chance. I am not a morning person and never will be. I retired early so I would not have to get up before the sun is up every morning. - 11/9/2016 8:23:26 AM
  • Love you blog. I'm a morning person. - 10/28/2016 2:09:48 PM
  • Loved your Blog. Morning is my time - 10/28/2016 7:44:12 AM
  • I'm not a huge commenter and despite knowing that being on SparkPeople and using the community is the best way to succeed, I don't generally desire to blog or tell what's going on in my life to anyone much less post it. However, this is something near and dear to my heart so here it goes. I always struggle with these articles because I, like the author am a major night owl. Even if I've worked 12 hours at my job when midnight hits my brain turns on and I get a jolt of energy unlike anything I've ever known in the morning when I want to cry and curse the dictators of the world; morning people. In fact every time that I've tried to establish a morning exercise routine it has gone so incredibly badly. I've tried eating, I've tried not eating, I've tried smaller and larger portions, I've tried more water before I go to bed also when I wake up, I've done more intense and less intense workouts trying to make this work for me, but no matter what I do I feel like I'm going to puke (or do puke) when I exercise in the morning. However, I read the best article on Flipboard recently that did give the best reasons to exercise later in the day. The one that stuck with me...your muscles are already warmed up from moving throughout the day so you're MUCH LESS likely to injure yourself and you'll come away less sore.

    Despite being some 80 lbs overweight, I've never been one that can't walk around the block. When I have established a good routine for a sustained period of time, it's always been me on the treadmill, "dancing" with Dance Dance Revolution or breaking out my weights for a good strength training session (that I read about in the morning while I tried to wake my brain up on Spark People) at 9 o'clock at night. I'm doing well right now and though I, like all others who are trying to accomplish this, still struggle to WANT to workout it's starting to get easier.

    I will forever advocate and scream from the rooftops that not everyone is the same and just because a great majority of people are morning people doesn't mean that there's something wrong with us night owls; we aren't lazy as many imply. I wish the world would just stop judging me and trying to push me into their mold. I can accomplish more from the hours of midnight to 6am than the average person does in a 12 hour work day, probably because I don't have annoying morning people being all perky around me. I LOVE my evening workouts and more power to those ones who are still trying to figure out that this may work better for them. Don't be ashamed of who you are. - 10/5/2016 1:52:11 PM
  • Yeaaah, I start my 10-hour workday at 6 a.m. I'm not getting up at 4 to jump start my day. I much prefer getting my exercise in right after work, so that I can then take that energy home with me and be awake through my family's dinner. - 9/25/2016 4:30:45 PM
  • 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

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