Three Reasons to Work Out Early
Well I found one: not enough time. I could not bear the thought of coming home after work and getting all sweaty and the gym, and then having to shower, and not having any time to myself. This led to my decision to wake up an hour earlier to exercise, inspired by a coworker who does this. By waking up earlier, I don’t have to worry about working out after work. At first, I was skeptical of my own idea. Leaving my warm, cozy bed to walk to the gym? Yuck! What if I get tired at work? How will I have enough time to get ready in the morning? I decided to squash the questions in my mind by trying it. Lo an behold, it’s actually going well!
Here are three results that make a morning work out worth it:
- More energy! Not only do I have more energy to devote to my workout after a good night’s sleep, but I have way more energy throughout the day. Usually, I start feeling tired, cranky, and hungry at 3:00pm. I haven’t gotten the same crash after adding in my morning workout! I haven’t needed that second cup of coffee since I’ve started.
- Better mood! By finishing a workout, I feel like I’ve already accomplished something with my day. Instead of feeling bad about myself for being too lazy to work out, I can feel good that I got up and got it over with – instant mood-lifter!
- Smarter Eating! While some people may think it’s okay to eat more because they’ve exercised, it’s had the opposite effect on me. I don’t want to ruin my workout by eating junk, so I eat healthier throughout the day and control my portions. I feel that leaving my workout to the end of the day wouldn’t have the same impact on my eating habits.
The hardest part for me was figuring out what workout to do. I love yoga, but don’t have the time to get to my favorite studio in the morning, and hate doing it on my own. My coworker suggested the “Couch to 5K” plan, and so far it’s been great! There are a number of variations on it, but I found an app that works well for me (C25K Free). I am by no means an expert on exercise, but this is what has been working for me. That’s what it’s all about, Career Girls!
Set realistic goals that don’t drive you crazy. You may surprise yourself!