Three Reasons to Work Out Early

Posted March 5, 2014 by Denise DeGennaro in Life After Five
I must confess: I am a couch potato. For me, my time after 5:00pm Monday-Friday is sacred. I love going home, cooking (sometimes ordering)  dinner, relaxing, watching TV (I am currently addicted to legal/political dramas such as Scandal, Good Wife, and House of Cards), and spending time with my boyfriend.  The problem is, I realized I really need to exercise. Sure, it’s freezing here in Boston and I can hide under layers, but soon enough it will be warm (I hope). When it is, I want to be crop-top and bikini ready (cliche, but true). Not only that, but my apartment complex has a newly renovated gym…so what excuse do I have left, right?

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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!

About the Author

Denise DeGennaro

Denise DeGennaro is a student affairs professional who helps undergrad and graduate students (and sometimes friends and family) at all stages in their transitions from school to career. She is an expert resume and cover letter writer and reviewer. Denise received her Master's in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Outside of work, Denise enjoys all things girly and loves testing out the latest beauty and nail art trends.