How often have we planned a workout early morning, and instead of getting up to do it rolling over and hitting the snooze button?
I have struggled off an on with “when” to do my workouts for a very long time. The winter is especially tough because during the majority of the daylight hours I am working, as are most people. My first plan was to enlist a workout buddy to force me to go. While this works pretty well, if my buddy decides to cancel, I still have to force myself to go.
I have one buddy who likes to go in the morning before work. This is great for her, but I struggle to get up early in the morning. If she didn’t come pick me up, there would be no way I would get myself out of bed to go. I did go with her for a while but it was hard to keep up the routine when she could no longer go. I would have to get up at 4:30 or so in order to get breakfast and a cup of coffee in me before she picked me up at 5:15am. I have made the mistake of exercising without any food in my stomach, and i get dizzy if I try that. Then I would get through my workout in a daze, not sure if I was the most effective when I was half asleep.
I have another buddy who likes to workout before bed because it makes her tired. Again, this does not work for me. By the time 7 or 8 rolls around, I am already tired and ready for PJs. I have gone with her a few times as well. First, getting up the energy to leave the house, much less getting the energy for a good workout was really hard. Plus working out invigorates me, and does not make me tired. So it would keep me up extra hours and I would not get enough sleep. An additional item I did not like about going at this time, besides the fact I am already exhausted from a long day, was that this was one of the busiest times of the day at the gym. I am ok doing my workout with other people around, but I like to have space as well, especially when doing free weights.
Last week it dawned on me that I needed to find a better time to go to the gym. One that works for me, even if my buddies decide not to go. I decided to start going over lunch. I found a buddy to go with me too, which is great. For the first time, when my buddy was not able to go with, I STILL WENT!! I know many people do not have the luxury of being able to take a long lunch break. I am thankful I do because I think this is going to be a sustainable practice for me to go during my lunch break. I am awake enough that I get a great workout in. I have plenty of time to get food in my stomach before I go. It is a great way for a mental break in the day, and I am not so exhausted that I am effective in my workout. Then I go back to work in the afternoon with a renewed energy to keep me going the rest of the workday.
Everyone has their own “time” that fits them best. I hope that you make the effort to find yours 🙂 It has made all the difference for me.