Morning Workouts. Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?

by Kristine on June 5, 2014

So you guys. I’m on Day 3 of AM workouts. How long does it take to create a habit that makes getting out of bed at ~6am easier? Someone tell me it’s 4 days. PLEASE.

But joking aside, I’ve been trying to find a routine that works for me since starting my new job.

The first couple weeks I did the PM workout thing. And it was so stressful. I know. Working out… stressful? #Endorphinaddictionproblems

But really, it was.

Because I had to plan like way far ahead: Get my workout clothes together the night before, make sure I had shoes, and some type of outer layer for the bus ride home. Then it was the concept of getting to the gym after work (1.5 miles away which takes quite a bit of time when you’re lugging 2 heavy bags. The bus is not an option because I can walk faster than the bus drives.) Then it’s the whole stay energized all day long, make sure you drink enough water, don’t eat anything that’s going to make you feel like ass during your workout. And don’t even get me started on getting to the 6pm yoga class like 20 minutes early in order to secure a spot that ends up being 1cm away from the person next to me. F. Then there was the walk several blocks to the bus that takes an hour to get me like 3 miles home. Oh and then it’s 8:30pm and I just want to take a shower and collapse into the couch while watching some television show marathon.

So that went out the window.

I’m a morning person, always have been. I wake up around 7am without fail, practically every day. I’m entirely useless past 10pm at night. Which is actually a stretch. Let’s call it 9:30pm.

I’ve gotten into a morning workout routine before but it was way, way too aggressive. It involved waking up at 5am to run 6 miles when I worked in the South Bay. Or it was boarding the 6:20am Google bus to run 7 miles on the treadmill at one of our office gyms before heading up stairs to work. Clearly, not a long-term solution. I burnt out, I was exhausted, and quite frankly I don’t ever need to be running that much.

So I started this new thing.

30-45 minutes. Weekday mornings. I wake up ~30-45 minutes earlier than I normally would, I get dressed/lace up (there is zero matching happening, I’m just excited to have a top and bottoms on at that point) and I head out. If I’m outside, I run 15-17 minutes in one direction (getting crazy!) and then I turn around and run back. It’s usually about 3.5 miles, it wakes me up (no pre-run coffee necessary… post-run coffee required), it revs my metabolism, it gives me a hit of endorphins and my entire day is better. Added bonus: my evenings are mine again. I can hang with boyfriend, actually cook a legit dinner, run errands, or just be a waste of space on the couch. Which typically happens. Judge me.

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Today I made it to the gym early AM. I was between going to yoga or taking a circuit-style class and as soon as I arrived I just wasn’t feeling being told what to do. So I ran 3 miles then did squats, curtsy lunges, a 90 second plank and crunches… 2x through.

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I miraculously packed everything I needed for the day at work, made it through a gym shower unscathed (thank you Equinox for having decent locker facilities), stopped at the Juice Shop for a green juice and a 5-seed smoothie, and made it to work with plenty of time to spare. This definitely called for an almond milk latte.

They say that if you exercise in the mornings you get a whole slew of benefits. No BS? I actually agree with every single one.

Morning workouts usually ebb and flow for me but I’m hoping with this modified, don’t-overtrain-yourself approach, this one’s here to stay a while.

 

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