I usually get my workouts done after my regular workday, preferring to use the early morning hours for sleeping. Makes perfect sense to me. However, to prepare for a half marathon back in February of this year (in Florida – 2 hours ahead of MST) I thought it wise to get up an hour earlier a few times to get my brain and body used to being up and moving at that unholy hour.
I questioned my own judgment each morning when NPR started up on my alarm clock at 5:20 a.m. (Yes, that’s early for me!) I trudged out of bed, shoved in my contacts, got dressed and headed over to spin with Amy Baldwin at Body Language. Ten minutes into the class I was already feeling better and quite proud for being there whilst my better half lie asleep in our cozy bed. The women (no men when I went) in class were energetic and happy, but not annoyingly perky. Amy was great too – a nice balance between “Good Morning!” and “Let’s just get it done, ladies.” Good music can make all the difference for spin class and she mixes old and new seamlessly.
Do you work out in the early morning, midday, or evening? What motivates you to leave the warmth of your bed for a workout?
P.S. This little plan did help on the big day of my half-marathon in Florida. Yay!
P.P.S. Be sure to bring a mid-morning snack with you to work after you try an early morning workout because spin class put my metabolism into overdrive and, despite eating my normal breakfast after class, I was starving by 11:00 a.m.
P.P.P.S. I could not keep this up. Turns out I’m not much of a morning person because I’d rather squeeze in a workout at the end of the day than drag myself out of bed that early :)