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Friday 5: 5 Reasons to Get That Workout Done in the Morning

by Erika Nicole Kendall

Now, we talked about this a few years ago, whether or not to work it out in the morning, or in the evening – or, hell, even mid-day! And, while we all can agree that it doesn’t matter when you get your workout on as long as you’re getting it in… I think it’s okay to admit that choosing one time over the other has its benefits, yes?

I’ve got to admit, I definitely have a few!

Must... choose... workout time! AHHHHHH!

Must… choose… workout time! AHHHHHH!

Here we go… five reasons to get that workout done in the morning!

1) When that workout is done, it’s done. If you’ve got kids, you already know what happens sometimes if you leave that workout until evening time, and something winds up happening with one of the babies: there’s a practice you forgot about, there’s a meeting with a teacher, there’s shopping to be done, you’ve got to help out another parent, insert actual/real/frustrating situation. If you’ve got that high-powered job, you already know what happens: you wind up having to stay late, power dinner, networking, opportunity to schmooze up to the boss, opportunity for overtime and you know you want the extra money, whatever. If you’ve got a partner, you already know. I don’t even have to go there.

If you get up a little early and get that workout in, nothing can take that away from you. Nothing can get in the way. Why? Because everyone’s sleep!

2) That morning workout can influence your food choices throughout the remainder of your day. If you know you worked out and you were top notch this morning, that mid-day scarf-a-thon with co-workers doesn’t look so appealing. Instead of getting the giant white pasta with alfredo sauce, you might instead opt for something a little bit more gentle, maybe even more fresh.

3) The average scumbag street harasser who cat calls you while you’re jogging – who also happens to be the same grade of scumbag who might mock you for working out because “it’s obviously not working!” – is also not likely to be awake at that hour. The street harassment immediately dwindles when you’re working out in the morning. It just… it does. Simply because of the fact that fewer people are up and out at this hour, it gives you the opportunity to be spared from the ridiculousness that is… “Hey, ma! I see that ass jigglin’ in ‘nem pants! Why don’t you let me run with you so I can get your number?”

4) There’s something encouraging about “The Early Morning Runner Team.” The Morning Runner Team is often pretty friendly. You all have the same goal – avoiding hitting the snooze button. Even if you’re an Early Morning Walker, being around the runners for long enough will show you something you might’ve never noticed before: runners often stop and walk. As silly as it might sound, seeing runners stop running and walk helped me feel less like being a runner would be impossible for me. It helped me learn that it wasn’t embarrassing or shameful to have to stop, because all these runners that I’d been seeing blitz past me every morning were stopping, too. It was relieving. And freeing.

5) You know that feel-good feeling that you get from working out? Now, you get it in the morning, after your workout, and it can help carry you through what might otherwise be a rough morning. You know those annoying people who come into work chipper as hell, all excited and able… instead of groggy, still digging eye crud out of their faces and possibly in dire need of a cup of “wake the hell up?” You, too, can be one of those chipper people! (Without the annoying, of course. In fact, you actually might find it less annoying! You might understand it!)

When do you work out, and why? What works best for you?

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Kaneka August 23, 2013 - 2:14 PM

I MUST workout in the morning. If I try to tell myself it’ll happen in the evening I have realized that I am only lying to myself. As a wife, mother, full-time Master’s Degree student (and CPA prep student), and full-time accountant my day is chock full of things that need to be done. Whether it be cooking for the family, helping the kiddos with their homework, doing homework myself (or studying)or working late (let’s be honest in my field it is necessary) there is always something the makes an evening workout next to impossible.

So I realized a long time ago that the only way to get it done is to do it when everyone else is asleep and not pulling me in a million other directions. There are mornings that alarm goes off at 4:30 and I want to throw it across the room, don’t want to get out of my warm bed at the thought of going out in the cold, just need five more minutes, or anything else that plagues the morning workout person but I get up and I get it in!

Mornings are a must for me!

DCGirlNMD August 23, 2013 - 3:32 PM

All of these are sooo true, esp the one about making better eating choices throughout the day! I get up at 4:30pm to get to the gym by 5:00am 3-4 days a week. As a single mother, initially, it was the only time I could “find” to get more workouts done between work, kids, preparing dinner, homework, and all of the things that typically happen in the evening. But it eventually became my “happy hour/me-time” At first it was a big sacrifice…A HUGE sacrifice, but when I learned to do better at getting to bed at a decent time (no later than 10pm), the 4:00am alarm doing sound as bad..plus it didnt hurt to see the lbs drop, the abs appear and the dumbells become alil lighter 🙂

Poetri313 August 23, 2013 - 5:30 PM

IknowIknowIknowIknow….I am going to do it! I hate going to the gym after work. When my work is done I can’t wait to get inside my abode & clear my head. I begin to shut down on my ride home. I have got to start going in the morning. I also noticed when I occassionally rolled out to the gym at 5am…that’s when the “real men” were there! 🙂

Cherice August 24, 2013 - 6:28 AM

What would you recommend for someone who works a night shift 10pm-6am with kids?

Jennifer August 28, 2013 - 12:26 AM

I used to deliver papers very early in the AM and would hit the gym right after getting deliveries done – I was already up and about so it made sense to me. If you went after work (depending I guess on your kids’ school schedule) maybe that would be a good time. Otherwise I would go before work after the kiddos were in bed.

marie August 24, 2013 - 6:35 AM

When I was working only in the afternoon, I really liked to workout in the morning, you feel SO good. For me it’s the best time to do so. Now that I changed job, I workout in the evening because if I wanted to do it before work, it would be like at 5am and in the winter it’s dark outside…. But evening is not ideal either that’s why I’m reconsidering working out in the morning but at home with HIIT or strength training.
And I read somewhere (or heard don’t remember) that you have to wait 15′ or something after waking up to exercise, is that true? And do I HAVE to get breakfast before? I can eat one fruit, have a glass of water but no more, my stomach won’t take it.
Also, do you get the same benefits if you replace 1 or 2 running sessions by at-home HIIT? Because I sometimes participate to some races and I feel like if I don’t do my 3 running sessions at least, it’s not worth it…
OK so many questions…

Candy August 24, 2013 - 3:56 PM

I have always been an afternoon workout person and loved it. However, now that I’m a mom and my schedule requires me to get it in during the a.m., I have a hard time with food consumption- can’t figure out what to eat that fuels me enough for a hard workout but then doesn’t make me want to vomit or make my stomach cramp up. And also I am a weirdo that gets super excited at bedtime if I know I’m working out in the a.m. and that keeps me awake. 🙁 But I’ll figure it out. 🙂

Alisa August 24, 2013 - 11:27 PM

My day goes so much better and more smoothly when I work out in the morning. It feels so good knowing that, by 8am, I’m done working out and can move on with my day.

Ericka August 25, 2013 - 1:11 AM

I started working out in the morning just to get into a routine. I figured if that time didn’t work for me I would move it to another time. But not only did the morning work for me, it gave me the incentive to add more workouts later in the day.
No, they’re not necessary, but if I feel the urge, I add them on. And the workouts later in the day are the icing on the cake I don’t eat due to making better food choices. 🙂

Now, I make sure I’m in the bed early so I’m energized for that early workout. It’s the next best thing to scripture for starting out the day.

Charlize August 25, 2013 - 12:27 PM

Every reason you listed was spot on! If I don’t do it in the morning, it usually won’t happen.

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