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Morning Workouts? I Dont Know About That…

My usual morning routine lately involves waking up too early (for me). Torrance has to get up way before me for work (haha, sucka’) but sadly, unless I am dead tired, this usually means I am up too – around 6:30-7ish (and by “up” I mean awake in bed) I dont even have to be to work until 9!

Anyway, my routine typically involves turning on the news (because I am in my 50’s apparently and like to see really depressing negative stuff first thing in the morning?) and then I check my email real quick from my phone, to see how busy I will be at work, blah blah; and then I also do a quick run through on Twitter, catch up on my Facebook feed, and also check out Instagram.

Social media first thing in the morning can be really motivating….or really guilt inducing.

All of these people are posting stuff like "yay morning workout!" and pictures of their weights and water bottle and headphones at 7am. Some even posting "just got done with my morning workout and oh-em-gee it felt so good." At 7 in the effing morning.

Stupid social media. I mean it got me. Like damn, I have time, I should get up and head down to the apartment gym and do something, I’m awake anyway.

Lately it is getting to me more than usual too, because my workouts/training have been spotty lately due to a temporary situation where I have been having to give Torrance rides some days at night after work – anywhere between 6:00 and 7:00 pm. This is a major bummer because as you know, I typically go to training 5:30-6:30, which I never really know if he needs a ride until kind of last minute so this is definitely cutting into my training.

And when I get thrown off my routine things are all crazy. But like I said, LUCKILY this is only a temporary thing for another week or two. But needless to say, if I could get in a little somethin’ somethin’ in the morning, I would feel a little better right now.

So anyway, this morning, I’m going through Instagram and I was like "dammit people, okay, fine – I am getting up and going down to the gym to workout."

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But I didnt.

Because truth be told, I hate working out in the morning.

Mostly, because I am not a morning person.

MORNING

It takes me forever to fully wake-up, and usually the fact that I am fully awake is thanks to taking a shower, which obviously is pointless to do before working out.

I have never been a morning workout person though. The last 4 years that I was in Alaska I worked two jobs, the first (my part time), started at 5:30am. Like I had to be there at 5:30. Obviously that does not leave time for a workout – unless I was to get up at 3:30am or something. But the only time I have been up at 3:30am is to a) to catch a flight/traveling or b) I was still up from the night before.

But let me tell you about this one time that I did workout in the morning. It was like a whole 2 week stint where I would get up annoyingly early (like 5:30) drive 25 minutes to my gym, do a 45 minute workout, drive 25 minutes home, and then get ready and go to work. And I wont lie, for the 2 weeks it lasted I really liked that I did feel good when I got to work (but I always had a major afternoon lull) and I loved the fact that the workout was out of the way and nothing could "come up" during the day that would prevent me from going in the evening. That’s about it though. That is the only benefit I see in it. (So someone enlighten me in the comments and tell me why they love it).

I felt like while I was at the gym I was half-assing it because I was tired. My body wasnt awake and ready to work hard. It just didnt feel the same.

But I totally understand why people do it – a lot of people dont have any other time that they could – and I get that, and admire your dedication for making it work.

Me on the other hand? I think I will stick to my evening workouts and limit my morning activity to walking brown dog and my occasional before-shower-floor-routines like this one:

morningworkout (found on Pinterest, not sure of the source as the link didnt work)

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  • Do you workout in the morning, evening, or afternoon? Is it because of preference or time convenience/schedule?
  • All you morning workout people – what do you like most about it?
  • In general – are you more of a morning person or night owl?
    Night owl for me, though I find myself going to bed earlier and earlier in my “old age.”
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  1. I am the EXACT same way. I hate mornings. I had a few stints (like 3 days…not 2 weeks like you) where I did workout in the mornings. I felt so energized in the morning, then like you, the afternoon lull hit. And I felt like I couldn’t do anything. Not a morning person. This morning, for example, I hit the snooze button until 7:35. And I have to be out the door by 7:45 to be on time to work. Yeah. That’s how ridiculous I am, and that happens almost every morning. Thank God for dry shampoo!!

    January 29, 2013
  2. Pamela #

    I am definitely a night owl, and I don’t do morning workouts either! I just don’t feel like I workout as well in the mornings as I do in the afternoon or evenings…and I hate getting out of bed in the morning so the threat of working out immediately might just keep me there!

    January 29, 2013
  3. I am NOT a morning person. Like, was never up before 730. And like you, I actually prefer to workout in the evening. However I have been able to, over the past couple of years, convert myself to a morning workout person. Since moving to AZ, I am up everyday at 530. I don’t necessarily workout that early, more like around 7am. But it gets done. And if I make it to the gym in the evening, bonus. But at least I know I got my workout done in the morning.

    The Kidless Kronicles

    January 29, 2013
  4. Haha, this is so embarrassing, I went to the doctor because I am always so tired and lethargic around 6pm. Long story short, after a series of blood work (along with a full on holter monitor) the verdict was that “you just like your sleep” so yes, I am usually asleep by 8:15.. I am a total party animal. You should have seen me NYE!
    I definitely applaud you for getting out of bed THAT early. I could NEVER do it!

    January 29, 2013
    • hahaha, just like your sleep – its good to know that that is considered “a thing” and that there isnt anything wrong with us 🙂

      January 30, 2013
      • It was so funny, after bloodwork and cardiology appointments, I go for my follow up expecting to be told “yeah, youre dying” or something like that.. Nope “so, you just like your sleep”.

        January 30, 2013
  5. My boyfriend has to be at work at 4:45 every morning. The first couple weeks of this new schedule, I woke up to say goodbye and then usually got another hour of sleep before getting up and working out. I always felt so productive by the time I started work at 9. I have completely fallen out of that routine now. I wake up for real around 7:30 now and lay in bed until there’s just not enough time to get a workout in. I nreally need to get back to that original routine.. I felt so much better all day.

    January 29, 2013
  6. I like the little internal battle you have with yourself in the am, it sounds exhausting haha. I can work out in the am but I do it at lunch. If work doesn’t allow for it I do it after work. My gym is also in my building, leaves little room for excuses! I am definitely a morning person though, I choose to work 7:30-4 because I’d rather get out early and on the weekends I’m up at 7 too. My bf hates me for that so NO not everyone is a morning person ha!

    January 29, 2013
  7. Kayla Borba #

    you seriously crack me upppp! i totally agree, im much more of a night work outer too! lol

    January 30, 2013
  8. MORNINGS ARE THE WORST! WE HATE THEM SO MUCH! We always talk about trying to switch to ams because we eat dinner at 9PM or so, but it’s just not gonna happen!!!! Lol. We’ve been trying to do yoga at our HOUSE in the am, and that’s only happened once!! Plus it’s cold in the morning. Brr!

    January 31, 2013

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