The Downside of Early Morning Workouts

Monday, July 25, 2011

Recently, I finally forced myself to get up early and work out before work as opposed to after. This workout time fixed a number of "problems," but ended up creating some new ones. What's a girl to do?

Pros of early morning workout:
1. Workout is done for the day right away--starts the day off on the right key. I go to work feeling truly refreshed with invigorated lungs.

2. One shower per day as opposed to two. Silly problem, I know, but that extra water and time loss was actually really bothering me.

3. I love the energy of the early morning...the way barely anyone is up and about, the way the sun hits the planet, the way the mist is still lifting, and on and on.

4. I feel like I'm left with more time in my day. I leave work feeling like there's less on my "to-do list" and more time to spend with my family or getting other things done. When I did after-work workouts, by the time I clocked 35-40 on the treadmill and at least 20 minutes of strength, then showered, it was practically time to go to bed.

Cons of working out in the early morning:
1. I never have time to do the strength training after running like I did with my after-work workouts. And no, I'm not about to get up any earlier. The truth is in the numbers. In May, I clocked in 1260 workout minutes (I track this for our wellness program at work) and in June, when I started the morning routine, I only got 990 minutes. Although the scale hasn't budged, the wiggle when I wave and the protruding-more-than-normal gut don't lie. Believe me, I can tell the difference!

2. I just.can't.get.up. Most mornings start with me being pissed off about getting up so early. It's only about 1/2-hour, but it makes a difference. I'm not a natural early-morning person, so it hurts every time. I was starting to resent the early morning workout. I don't want to resent it!

3. And trying to get to bed earlier never works out. With toddler bedtimes and leftover to-dos, I just can't seem to hit the sack by 9:30.

I guess the pros outweigh the cons, but at least I gave morning workouts a shot. I'm really proud of myself, because I've only done morning workouts like three times in my entire life. To go three weeks was really a feat! At least I can pat myself on the back for that. We shall see if I decide to keep this up.

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