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Beautiful Ace
11-18-2008, 05:14 PM
I was thinking of going to bed earlier so I could wake up earlier to do my exercise in the morning. I was wondering what effect this would have on me for the rest of the day... I'm new to exercise so it's really hard work for me. Will it make me tired for the rest of the day?

Thighs Be Gone
11-18-2008, 05:16 PM
It seems logical but I find the opposite to be true.

11-18-2008, 05:18 PM
Nope. You'll be more energized!! Be sure to eat breakfast immediately afterwards.

Beautiful Ace
11-18-2008, 05:21 PM
Thanks:) I'm going to try it tomorrow morning

11-18-2008, 05:34 PM
exercising in the morning gives me more energy to get through the day. it's a great way to start your day!

11-18-2008, 05:34 PM
Just remember to try it for a few days to give it a fair trial. The first night you may not be able to get sleep earlier, getting up will be tougher, etc. It always takes a few days to start a new habit. So try not to give up after the first day!

Shannon in ATL
11-18-2008, 05:48 PM
I typically get up earlier in the morning to exercise. I love the way I feel during the day if I do it. I have also learned my triggers - if I fall back asleep after DH gets up I won't likely get up to exercise, or if I stay up a little too late. I always regret it when I don't do it. I'm trying to get in sync with doing my weight training in the mornings as well, but right now it is mostly cardio, yoga, kickboxing, that kind of thing. I'm not hungry right after I finish up, so I typically drink a lot of water, hit the shower immediately, then eat after that. I have a hard time eating right after exercise no matter what time of day it is.

I have learned that it is much easier to get the exercise in when I start the day with it. Less excuses. Also, I feel more tired when I don't get up and do it.

Today I'm coming down with a head cold by all appearances. I exercised anyway and felt really great for most of the morning before cold symptoms came back.

11-18-2008, 06:39 PM
I like to exercise in the morning to go ahead and get it over with! That way no matter what happens for the rest of the day I have at least gotten my exercise in! :)

Apple Cheeks
11-18-2008, 06:53 PM
I like to exercise in the morning to go ahead and get it over with! That way no matter what happens for the rest of the day I have at least gotten my exercise in! :)

This is the most true for me, too.

I've said this before, but it's worth repeating here: When I exercise in the morning I'm usually at least half-way done before my brain really wakes up and has a chance to protest! ;)

Another benefit for me is that exercising in the morning keep me on a more even emotional plane all day: I can handle stress better, and so on.

Beautiful Ace
11-18-2008, 08:22 PM
Oh sweet info girls, thanks!

11-18-2008, 09:56 PM
I hate excercise but I do it every morning just after the kids go to school. Not only do I get it out of the way, but I also feel more energized. If I work out at night then I have trouble sleeping. I have noticed that since I have started excercising I haven't needed my usual 4:00 nap.

11-18-2008, 09:58 PM
I'm probably in the minority here, but it makes me tired through the rest of the day. I prefer to do my workouts in the evening. But then again, I'm totally NOT a morning person, so to each its own.

11-18-2008, 10:12 PM
I started this when I started exercising. I have found that it works perfectly for me.
That being said, I limit my morning routine to strength and balance routines - fitness ball, stretchie band, weights, yoga, pilates.

I save my cardio for later in the day.

I have come to really enjoy my early morning routine and actually look forward to it most days - even if the alarm does ring a half hour earlier :)

11-18-2008, 10:18 PM
I'm probably in the minority here, but it makes me tired through the rest of the day. I prefer to do my workouts in the evening. But then again, I'm totally NOT a morning person, so to each its own.

I'm in the minority too. I look forward to my evening exercise throughout the day, treat it as sort of a reward for getting my other work done. For that reason I just joined a 24 hour gym, bliss. If I exercise in the A.M., which I still do when necessary, I find I'm pretty tired throughout the day.

11-19-2008, 05:19 PM
I have been desperatly trying to get myself up in the morning to work out. I get on the treadmill for at least 45 minutes 4 nights a week after work and do weight training. My goal was to get up and do 30 minutes on the treadmill in the morning as well as some stretching. That way if I couldn't fit it in at night I didn't have to worry, and if I do have time then that's just extra calories burned for that day. I have set my alarm for 2 weeks straight (for 5:30am...ugh) and EVERY time I turn off my alarm, reset it for my normal time and go back to sleep. I'm awake enough to have the debate with myself but my body always feels SO tired that early and I just can't imagine getting started. I regret it for the rest of the day, since all I do is sit at a desk. I'm going to keep trying, though.

11-19-2008, 05:36 PM
i''ve tried to but not much here----definetly not a morning person--- but i bet if i didnt have a baby to care for i could manage it--- for now i'm just doing mine at night or in the evening--- evening works best for me like between 6 and 9 after that i'm too tired and exhausted that i can barely move afterwards-- but if i do it in the day time like when i'm not working since i work three days a week --- the other four days a week doing the workout earlier in the day makes me want to do more--- yeah i'm more energized and can go a lot longer--- i look forward to it all day and then when i start i dont want to quit--- but when i miss a day i hate myself for it and its even harder to do it the next day == but i persist----

11-19-2008, 05:51 PM
I have done both. Up early to exercise and then exercising at the end of the day. I honestly dread both ways.

10 years ago it seemed like it was easier to get up early and exercise to get it out of the way and done. But in the last few years, it has made me very, very tired to get up early and work out. I mean early like 4:30 am to work out for an hour, get ready in an hour, and leave for work.

Now, I don't seem to be able to do that without getting very tired in the afternoon and crashing in the evening.

So I walk for about 40 minutes at lunch now in a park close to my office, and do another 30 minutes of elliptical once I get home. I can also work out the whole hour in the evening if I missed out on the lunch walk, but boy do I dread that. Counting down every minute until I get to 60.

11-20-2008, 01:17 PM
It makes me more tired to exercise in the morning.

I mean, on the weekends or the rare day off, when I can sleep in until 7 or 8 and then exercise, I do... it's nice to get it done and out of the way! And sometimes I'll take a different bus so that I have to walk ~15 minutes to the bus and ~10 minutes to class.

But getting up at 5am or earlier doesn't agree with me, so I exercise when I get home from classes/work in the evening but before dinner... which ends up being 6pm-ish most nights.

11-20-2008, 04:24 PM
I am not a morning person so getting up to workout early is not for me. I have a 2 yr old that gets up at 6:15-6:45 so I would have to get up really early to get it done.

I find for me that 1:00-1:30 is a great time for me to work out. My DS is napping and usually he naps for 2 hours so I know I have a nice block of time to get it done. If I cant do it then I do it after dinner. :)

11-20-2008, 04:29 PM
I find that exercising in the am is better, you get it over with and then you have no excuses at the end of the day for why you cant...you alnost forget hat you have done it! The more you move around the better you will feel...lay around or site more you weill feel more tired! You go for it...you will notice a difference

11-21-2008, 01:22 PM
I FINALLY got up this morning at 5:30 and got through a 30 minute treadmill workout and some stretching. I've felt fabulous all day so far when normally I'd already be dragging!

11-21-2008, 02:02 PM
It definitely makes me more energized, not less. It may take a little while for your body to adjust. Obviously if you suddenly get less sleep, that's the culprit, not the fact that you exercised.

Also, it just sets a precedent for the day. I find it much easier to fudge on things all day if I skipped exercising in the morning.

11-21-2008, 02:36 PM
I have always been an afternoon-to-evening exerciser. In the morning I feel unfocused and weak; I can exercise, but I'm just going through the motions. In the afternoon or night I feel strong and capable and ready to really go for it.

I really think it's just a question of whether you're a morning person or a night person. Night people (like me and others posting here) don't do well with morning exercise, typically. But we kick booty in the afternoon or at night.

If morning exercise does work out for you, great. But if it doesn't work out for you, don't get upset over that. It's not for everyone. Just find another time that really does work for you; then become consistent. Consistency is the key to health benefits, not the time of day the activity is done.