Monday, January 28, 2013

The Case for Morning Workouts

It's weird for me to be writing this post. Growing up I was always up at some ridiculous hour. As I grew older I had morning swim practices that of course were not fun, but honestly I didn't mind them that much. Sleeping in on the weekends for me meant until 9:30. Once I started dating my boyfriend my sleep schedule pretty much went down the drain. I stayed on a somewhat normal schedule for awhile but after too many days of being exhausted from staying up too late and getting up early my habits started fading. I have been doing better about waking up earlier in order to maximize my productivity but I've still been struggling.

Well today marked the first day of my spring semester and my new internship at Corrigan Sports. I had a 60 minute run scheduled for today that I knew I would have to get done in the morning since I was busy until it was dark out. I set my alarm for 6:45 only to wake up to sleet and ice. I have an old car that doesn't do well in winter weather so I didn't really want to risk venturing out. I have since rearranged my schedule so that I'm doing a trainer ride tonight. The only problem is that I am mentally burnt out from such a busy day. I find the first few days of a semester to be both equally exciting and stressful. All I want to do is lay on the couch and read, not do a hard hill simulation workout.

I've noticed over the past few weeks that when I save a workout for later in the day, primarily after 7:00pm, I start to dread it. I forget I have to do it and then it looms over my head for the rest of the day. I love sleeping in but I have learned that I need to suck it up and do my workouts in the morning or else my workout suffers, I'm cranky and generally less productive that day. Three things I definitely don't want to worry about. Sometimes I enjoy working out in the evening but I'm learning that if I have the time to get it done in the morning before my day gets started it's for the best.

1 comment :

  1. Try to look at a night workout as a way to deal with the hardships/frustrations/struggles that the day sends your way. Maybe if you change the feeling of dread, to the feeling of anticipation, it will work in your favor! Good luck!