Thursday, April 17, 2014

Morning or Evening?

Many of you aren't alone when you worry about what time of day you're supposed to work out. 

Is it morning, is it night? Will you get better results on an empty stomach, after a protein shake, after you do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around?

Are you a "better person" if you wake up and do it in the morning before work?

Somehow I always feel this overwhelming pride when I tell people that I woke up at 5am to get my workout in. Like I was more dedicated, more motivated - more something. 

And yes, it's because I feel wonderful to have already broke a sweat, but it's a little hard on myself to put the pressure on my schedule when sometimes I just don't feel like a morning workout. I don't feel like washing my hair. I don't feel like fetching a clean sports bra out of the dryer (because I didn't feel like folding the laundry over the weekend but whatever). 

From my non-expert opinion and personal experience, the best time of day to work out fits in the perfect balance between the following factors:

+ What time will you actually work out?

When is it possible for you to get your sweat, live your life and do all the other things? Where is it on your priority list and what are you willing to sacrifice, your sleep or that happy hour or your favorite re-run of Friends?

+ When do you feel best?

Here we go talking about more feelings, but honestly - are you routinely exhausted at the end of the work day because you've been stuffed in a cubicle all day? Or are you one of those people that bursts with energy the moment you leave the doors of your stuffy office building? (If you're the latter, I'd suggest we start a job hunt immediately). 

For me - the time of day that I feel best can change day to day. One thing I know about myself is that I can't work out right before bed because when the blood is flowing I stay awake counting sheep all night with my fitness playlist fresh on my mind. 

+ What can you sustain and be consistent with?

If you're just starting out and trying to gain a rhythm, this is a very important piece. They say it takes 21 days to make a habit. 

If you're just starting out, I challenge you to pick out your "golden hour" of the day and make that your time. Tell your family and your friends that it's your time and make sure they respect your new fitness journey. Set the consistency and set the habit - you'll see yourself making a positive change. 

In no time at all you'll be familiar with the way it feels to lace up your tennis shoes and it won't matter what time of day, as long as you get it in and you feel great while doing it.  

While this is my first post on the topic, it will not be my last - good luck finding your happy zone! 

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  1. I like workout in the morning. That I take one shower and get on with my day. I gave you the Very Inspiring Blogger Award

  2. I love my sleep so I work out at after work in the evenings. I've tried over and over again to set my alarm to do it in the morning but just can't lol I always roll back over. I usually tired at the end of the day but working out gives me that boost of energy I need :)

  3. I prefer to workout in the morning only because it helps me 'better' during the day. if I tell myself I will workout in the evening, I always go home and to the couch instead. gotta get 'er done before i realise what i'm doing. although, right now, i am so lazy i cannot remember the last time i actually worked out. #embarrassed.

  4. I rise at 4:30a and I usually go to the fitness center at my office. Workout, Clean up, Start my day of work.
    I do this 5 days a week.

    I love that you are inspiring people to get a program started, when they are most comfortable. I hate when I read articles or posts that say.. YOU MUST DO THIS TO BE HEALTHY!.

    The truth of the matter is... HEALTHY is taking new steps every day... Healthy is doing more than sitting on your bum...

    This post was inspiring!

  5. As much as I love my sleep I know that I will never want to work out after work. I love coming home and just sitting down on the couch and doing nothing (or little things). And as long as I'm smart about it I can still get enough sleep and wake up early to work out.

    I love that this post was about how each person can choose the best time to work out rather than some scientific reason why you should work out in the morning before breakfast (or whatever time). All of the science in the world doesn't matter if whatever that science is backing up doesn't actually work for me and my life in my opinion.

  6. I wake up at 4:30 am Monday-Friday to get my sweat on. It is the only time when I literally have NO excuse why I can't work out except that I am tired. And tired is not an excuse. I get up and get my butt moving! I feel soooooooooo good after my work out knowing that it is done and over with before most people raise their pretty little heads from their pillows.

  7. i woke up for a sweat sesh at 5am yesterday morning. go me.

  8. I definitely work out better when I do it first thing in the morning. Otherwise I know I will get too comfy to get out that door. You are too cute, girl! Loving these posts :)
    xo TJ

  9. I prefer working out in the morning. Like Nadine ^^ I get up at 4:30 so I can be home by 6:30 in time to get ready to leave for work at 7;30. It's exhausting sometimes so I switch it up as necessary (like right now with school, it's just not possible to get up so early if I'm staying up late to study/finish something). It all depends but my personal preference is definitely AM!

  10. I try so hard to get up before 8 am...I fail every time lol. Pretty much if I don't get up early, my whole day is unproductive.

  11. I'm definitely more of a workout in the morning type of gal, mainly because it gives me time to myself without being interrupted by my son ha ha! Plus I feel a lot more energized throughout the day when I do workout early. I just need to get my butt in gear.


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