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morning workouts?

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Lately I've been so crazed at work that it's been seeping into my personal life and I'm too tired or feel like I have too much other stuff to do when I get home at night and don't end up working out as much as I should. I have tried to set my alarm for a morning workout, to get it out of the way, but have not yet succeeded in avoiding the snooze button....has anyone had success in starting a morning workout routine, and if so, any tips on how to motivate and get started?

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flmento

True

This is so true! I hit the snooze button till I am so late in the morning, there is no time to do anything but get ready and get out of the house for work.

I used to workout in the mornings when I did not have my part time studies and full time work, which now take up most of my time and leave me exhausted at the end of the day.

In this case, I thought evening workouts would be better, but I am not able to do much in the evening since I am so tired.

I even tried sleeping in and getting up at 1am to workout, but that does not work, leaves me cranky and totally tired the next day!

What is the solution for such a situation?

Posted by flmento on Jun. 11, 2009 at 09:22AM

Jadzia

I know that feeling too!

 

I find it easier to get out an work-out at home (I love dvd workouts, so its help)!

I wake up while doing the warm-up of the training :)

 

Since I have 6-7 different programs, I have one schedule for each training day.  So I know that if I'm not doing it in the morning, I'll have to do it in the evening.

 

Having a training schedule really helps me, since I don't decide to train every morning.  The decision is made, I just have to make it happen.

Posted by Jadzia on Jun. 11, 2009 at 12:43PM

flmento

i'd like to know your training schedule, maybe I can do something similar!

Posted by flmento on Jun. 12, 2009 at 06:34AM

nuehrings

not a morning person

I have the same problem too... I'm also trying to get into an exercise routine. Morning workouts seem like a good idea but then I hate getting out of bed so I just end up skipping it.

I haven't succeeded at making it a habit yet, so I don't have much good advice. The thing that sometimes motivates me is remembering how good I felt after getting the morning workout out of the way.

Posted by nuehrings on Jun. 13, 2009 at 12:16AM

flmento

True, working out helps me keep fit, look great and feel good too. In fact, working out early morning helps with my sleep problems! BUT making it a habit is the problem! Maybe we can all work out a challenge and participate in it to stay fit!

Posted by flmento on Jun. 14, 2009 at 06:38AM

Jadzia

training schedule

my schedule was easy to make, since I'm doing the Chalean Extreme program (it's way easier for me to do such program than going to the gym). 

I started on a Tuesday, so I'll put it that way:

 

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: Weight lifting (Burn 1, 2 and 3 respectively)

These work-out are really intense, so I usually don't do anything else these days.

Wednesday: Abs (abs burner) and/or Cardio (Burn interval)

 

Friday: Rest day (I'm often away for work that day)

Sunday: Burn Interval + Abs Extreme

Monday: Burn it (Cardio) + Recharge (Stretching)

 

So far, I have absolutely no trouble to do my strength sessions.  I'm not always able to do all the cardio/abs, but I'll do at lest one cardio and 1 abs a week... usually 2.

What I really like about planning to do it in the morning is that if it doesn't happen, I can catch up in the evening and don't "loose" a day!

Posted by Jadzia on Jun. 14, 2009 at 07:48PM

IrishEyes

Happy medium

I usd to get up at 4 to go to the gym before work, and by the end of the week I felt like crap.  So a couple of days a week (sometimes just one, I admit) I go after work, but almost every morning I manage to get up at 5 to go for a run or bike ride, about 30 minutes.  It's really nice out that early, and it gets me off to a good start without taking a huge amount of time.  If the weather's bad, I have a couple of workout DVDs to fall back on.

Posted by IrishEyes on Jun. 16, 2009 at 02:05AM

Shambo

Workout Times

I cannot exercise in the morning, it doesn't work.  I get up at 5 am to get ready for work.  There is no way I can get up at 4.  I execercise as soon as I get home.


The wife however, she wakes up at 4:45am and works out every morning.  M-F she uses her exercise DVDs, home Bowflex and home eliptical runner.

On Saturday Morning she runs the trails around our house.

Posted by Shambo on Jun. 17, 2009 at 12:23PM

Femme_n_Fit

Morning Motivation

I've found that I'm most likely to work out in the morning if I'm in a morning class at my gym (if I signed up, I'm going, and all those other women motivate me to work hard in class) or if I'm working out at home. It's easier to get up if you know you don't have to spend the time getting ready and getting to the gym. Figure out what excuses you're making and then figure out how to eliminate them. If you tell yourself, "I'll do it tonight," then think about whether that will work. If it will, stay in bed and make sure you do that workout in the evening. If it won't, well, your excuse is shot. :) If getting ready will take too long, and the workout won't even be worth it, then do a short workout (it will be worth it, even if it's only 30 minutes!) or put your lunch and your gym bag (with shower stuff and a change of clothes) together before you go to bed.

Posted by Femme_n_Fit on Jul. 13, 2009 at 03:06PM

only1ish

the hardest part is to start doing it

working out at night never worked for me.  Once I get off work I just want to go home!  So working out in the mornings works best for me.  I wake up at 5am, go to the gym, come home and get ready and I make it to work by 9.  On the mornings I don't want to get up I reset my alarm an hour later and then get up and take my dog for a walk since I didn't go to the gym.  That way I am at least getting some kind of activity in.  I am so used to getting up early now though and I actually enjoy it!  Once your body is conditioned to get up that early it won't be a problem, the hardest part is just starting to do it.

Posted by only1ish on Jul. 30, 2009 at 06:13PM