Thursday, June 2, 2016

Why working out in the morning sucks when you're a morning person......

One day last week I woke up at 4:45 a.m.  Not unusual, but this particular morning I beat the alarm. Not only that, but I had no where to be...no class to teach, no early morning meetings - I had 2 glorious hours until I had to leave the house.


So I opened the blinds, grabbed a coffee and a wrapped up a fantastic book I was approaching the end of. I mean, I relaxed back on my boyfriend pillow and soaked in the rest of Robert Bailey's Between Black & White like it was a yummy breakfast. SO GOOD.


I am at my best at 5:30 in the morning - awake, alert, ready to go. You would think that would make morning exercise a no-brainer...but I struggle with it daily.  Because it's the best part of my day...I want to meditate, enjoy a cup of coffee and have breakfast with Michael before I have to be an adult.


For 5 long years my schedule was perfection. I went to a boot camp 3 days a week from 5:00- 6:00 a.m., was home by 6:30, showered and enjoying a cup of coffee on the screened in porch by 7 and left for work at 8:00.  2 days a week I'd run on my lunch break. Weekends I usually did a long run, but fit it in where I could.


But for the past year I've struggled. My new hours are 7:00 - 3:30; I'm sluggish and tired in the afternoon. Going to the gym for a 5:40 a.m. class leaves me rushing through a shower in the locker room to get to work on time. A class starting at 4:30 p.m. takes me 15 minutes to get in the groove....so how do I deal?


Instead of dwelling on better times, I've made a deal with myself. 2 days a week I get up at 4, drag myself to the gym and suck up the rushed shower and prep time. And let's be honest, since my outfit is picked out already I save about 10-15 minutes - there's no option to second guess or change. The other 2 days I go to the gym in the afternoon. Lunchtime workouts are no more, but I'm working on getting better. That means I get 3 mornings a week to ease into my day, sleep in a little (like I did this morning) or just watch a little Mike & Mike.





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