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Learn to Love A.M. Exercise

(Even if You're Not a Morning Person)

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  • I am not a morning person either. I like to ease my way into the day. However, as soon as I get out of bed I get on the elliptical and get moving. I like this...I start moving while I am still waking up. I usually 12-15 minutes then I do strength training for 10-15 minutes. I always plan what I am going to do (upper body, abs, lower body). I take an hour to get ready (less if I need to get into the office early) and head off into my day. Regardless of what I do the rest of day, I know that I have at least done this. This works for me. - 3/26/2015 1:30:09 PM
  • I get up at 5:30 am for work, out the door by 7:15 and back home by 5:00 pm. I make dinner, do housework and I'm in bed between 10 & 10:30 pm. I don't get enough sleep now. I've tried getting up earlier to exercise but I have no energy on only 5 hours of sleep. Adequate sleep is just as important as exercise and proper nutrition when it comes to good health.
    - 2/9/2015 7:39:17 PM
  • Donít know if I mentioned in a previous comment; I always did my workout of cardio and weight lifting in the early afternoon after work except on the weekends. However, I did workout in the early morning for about 2 years because of my work scheduling. I am not a morning person even though I started work before 6 A.M. but itís not a physical job.
    For morning workout, I had to sleep before 7 or 8 P.M. get up, shower to wake up, ate something light (oatmeal and eggs), arrived in the gym nearby and started at 4:15. I rushed though a short cardio, then weight lifting. I had to lift lighter weight at a faster pace without rest between sets, and could not push to the limit and beyond because I had to conserve my energy for my work. I would workout for less than 75 minutes. Then I shower, rushed home to eat something light again instead of a complete high protein diet and got on the rush hour So. Calif. freeway traffic for work. I would be dragging for the rest of the day and couldnít wait until lunch so I could take a 40 minutes nap in my car.
    For afternoon workout, I would have enough sleep, ate enough protein and carbs for breakfast and lunch. Then I could workout for 90 or more minutes with proper cardio warmup and progressive weight lifting. Then I would get home and ate a proper dinner and a good sleep afterward.
    I think morning workout is fine for people who didnít have to get up early or just doing cardio. Cardio is fine for me but weight lifting just drain so much out of me.
    - 1/11/2015 11:50:33 PM
  • I would share one of my past experience. I lived in Huntington Beach in So. Calif. and commuted to work in Woodland Hills, 68 miles one way in the most crowded freeway in the world. 1-1/2 hr. at 4:30 A.M. and 3 - 4 hrs at 5 P.M. by car.
    So I started to utilize the public transportation; drove 15 minutes to Blue Line subway for 45 min. ride, Red Line for 25 min., bus for 70 min. ride.
    I left my house at 4:20 A.M. and drove to take the first Blue Line at 4:45, then the bus dropped me in front of my company at 7:10 A.M. I would reversed the direction at 5 P.M. No matter what, I would arrived in my gym at 8:15 P.M. I would workout for 50 minutes, then went home and slept by 9:30 P.M. woke up at 3:45 A.M. and did it again 2 - 3 days a week. I did workout in the afternoon on Sunday. I did this for over 2 years,
    I managed to sleep 45 minutes during lunch time. It worked great except that I couldn't eat or drink anything in the morning and after 2 P.M. because there was no restroom along the way.
    The bottom line is one could always find time to workout, no excuse. It didn't matter when. I had been lifting for over 45 years. - 1/10/2015 9:57:50 PM
  • I plan to be a morning exerciser when I retire. Currently I get ready for bed at 9 p.m., am asleep at 10 p.m., get up at 6 a.m., leave for work at 7:20 a.m., and am at work from 8 - 5, or later. I get home at 5:30 or 5:45. If I got up early enough to get in a.m. exercise, I'd have to go to bed after supper! - 1/10/2015 12:33:47 PM
  • INKY14
    Great article...makes sense! - 1/10/2015 9:27:17 AM
  • I used to be a morning person, but have begun sleeping in later. This makes me realize that some of my best times were the hour in the morning before anyone else was up. I'm going to get back to that and use half of that hour to do some sort of exercise. Will check out some of the SP videos and have a plan. Thanks for the motivation! - 12/1/2014 12:02:39 PM
  • I used to meet a group in the morning's before work for a run, unfortunately the plant closed down, I moved to another state and my whole routine has now changed. I have to get up at 4:30 in the morning just to get ready for work. I'm not going to another hour earlier to get in a workout, so now I'm running after work. I do still run in the morning's on the weekends though. - 11/9/2014 10:14:23 AM
  • Rebecca, Does the term morning exercise refer to exercise done upon waking the first time of each day or exercise done before a certain time in the AM of each day? I work odd hours that leave me sleeping 6 AM - 11 AM daily. Many speak of morning exercise as exercise completed around 6 AM. If I were to abide by this, I would be to invigorated to sleep during the only time I get quality sleep. I exercise daily at 11:30 AM almost immediately after waking, should I expect the same results you speak of in this article or should I change my lifestyle?

    Thank you,

    Tonya Heathco, Founder
    National Seizure Disorders Foundation - 11/8/2014 11:21:16 PM
  • I do 20 minutes on the exercise bike in the morning, and another 30 at night. The morning is the hardest bit, but I'm getting the hang of it. I think it helps me eat healthier during the day, because I don't want to waste what I did in the morning. - 10/31/2014 2:17:57 PM
  • Since lack of sleep can be a factor that hampers weight loss, it's worth noting that if getting up earlier to work out robs you of an hour of sleep, it's probably better to sleep.
    If I'm currently getting 7 hours of sleep and getting up at 5:30, it's probably going to do more harm than good to get up at 4:30, lose an hour (or even a half-hour by getting up at 5).
    Because of this, "I don't feel like it" in the evening is a really weak excuse. - 9/19/2014 11:09:06 AM
  • I always exercise in the morning before work and try to do something physical around the house in the evenings (I have been digging holes to plant trees and hauling dirt currently). I am not a morning person but this seems to be the only time to do it. - 9/17/2014 2:16:09 PM
  • Morning mostly but anytime I can do something - 9/2/2014 4:25:07 AM
  • I love morning exercise. I usually drop the kids off at school then the next hour is mine to walk. In the summer I will probably walk early as it's too hot. Then in the evening I usually do some exercising with my daughter (lately we love Just Dance! and we do happy hour plus a few more songs). I wish there had been an option to pick more than one.

    Anyway, I find exercising in the morning is the best way to start the day. Then it's done if there isn't time to exercise through the rest of the day. Plus I find it to be a huge mood booster, I don't want to overeat during the day, I don't need as much coffee and a bunch of other things! It's great :D - 6/10/2014 8:52:33 AM
  • I am ABSOLUTELY not a morning person! But I decided a couple of weeks ago to try exercise in the morning. I am doing 30 minutes of something 6 days a week. I was so sore the first few days but not so much now. I think that is because I still have to get up and move around just to get through the day. I haven't missed a morning yet. I am sleeping better. And, biggest shock of all, I haven't been drinking nearly as much coffee! Still not a morning person but I am a morning exerciser. - 4/8/2014 9:06:36 AM

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