100 lb. Club - Is there a certian time you exercise?

10-18-2010, 05:57 PM
I usually procrasanate it untill 8 or 9 at night. I hate it. Do you have a set time each day to do your work outs??? Do you stick to it? Was it hard to get into that routine? Why did you pick that alloted time??

katy trail
10-18-2010, 06:31 PM
the best time is anytime you can consistently do it. i do it anytime of day.

the important thing is finding something you enjoy. then it will be fun, you'll look forward to it.

if traditional exercise isn't for you, look at other options.
what did you enjoy as a kid/teen? hula hoop, jump rope, walking out in nature, bike rides outside.
maybe try interesting dvds- belly dancing, kick boxing, anything you want to try. you could look at reviews online at collage video. or borrow some from your local library.

10-18-2010, 06:33 PM
All the time! Just like katy_trail said, I aim to work out quite a bit around the week and then at various times. I usually make it to 80% of workouts, and some are better than others based on energy levels, sleep levels, food, etc.

Diversify and see what works for you :)

10-18-2010, 06:39 PM
Hi. I usually exercise around 3 or 4 in the afternoon. I don't like exercising and I used to try to do it in the morning but my walking partner went back to work and I don't seem to be able to motivate myself. My husband retired a couple of years ago and he will go to the health club or walk with me but is not a morning person. He is a very active guy. How I motivate myself is by saying, "I may only do 10 or 15 minutes." I almost always find myself doing more once I get started.I get so sweaty when I do cardio that my hair is soaked and my clothes are drenched so that takes more time to get cleaned up. Just finished. I've had some fibromyalgis and rotator cuff problems and stopped doing anything beside walking, or recumbant bike but realized I could start doing some situps and leg exercise. On days when I just can't do the cardio I try to do some situps. Just takes a minute out of my life and I don't get very sweaty. It's also very nice to be able to tell someone -hey, i just did some exercise!- and have them say - good job! I hope we can find that here. I'll be glad to do it but I'm not always on line. Anyway, good job to you for trying to figure this out. I did 32 min. of cardio today - I really thought I would be lucky to do 15 min. Yay!

10-18-2010, 06:57 PM
i do it at any time, i usualy try to do it when no one else is home lol and if they are only going to be gone a few minutes i really try to do as much as i can lol

10-18-2010, 07:01 PM
I do it as soon as I get up, before I eat. If it doesn't happen then it isn't going to happen.

I have bought a new WII game (walk it out) that is fun and cleverly hides from me the fact that I am actually doing exercise.

10-18-2010, 07:15 PM
I'm usually home by 4:15 pm and I give myself some time to unwind, but everyday at 5pm I'm doing my exercises for one hour. I schedule it into my day and give myself NO excuses- over time it's just become a habit :)

I think scheduling it into your day helps a lot. I know at 4:50 pm it's time to start getting ready for my workout :)

I eat dinner right afterwards as well :)

10-18-2010, 07:44 PM
For me it is late afternoon, when I get home from work. Occasionally it is very late in the evening but I try to avoid that so I don't cop out from end-of-day tireds.

Pacifica Bee
10-18-2010, 08:07 PM
My dogs keep me on track with my big afternoon walk; I always go about 10-30 minutes after I get home from work or else they tear me up with scratching on me to get outside =) During the day I take 2 15-minute speed walks around the block and up 2 hills near my work which are always taken at the same time, plus I have a short 10 minute walk in the morning at 6 freaking AM, again because of the dogs. I am very regimented.

10-18-2010, 09:27 PM
On the weekdays immediately after work. What makes that so easy for me is I work from home as a programmer/systems analyst so tied to my desk all day working by myself and by the end of the day I'm ready to MOVE and see some people. Even if I don't talk to anyone at the gym, just being around other live humans is good for me.

If I know I have evening committments then I exercise over my lunch hour. When work is slow sometimes take 2 hour "lunch" so I can get to the gym and back. If only taking one hour, I can fit in an exercise DVD or a 55 minute walk.

10-18-2010, 09:31 PM
I try to exercise right after I get home from work during the week. If I have dinner plans or something, then I just squeeze in an exercise DVD whenever I have time. There's always an hour to do Tae Bo in my living room. I also walk to/from work (about 2 miles, up a big hill) which is better than nothing.

10-18-2010, 09:31 PM
OMG... if I exercised at 8 or 9 at night, I would never get to sleep. I take Zumba on Tuesday evenings (it was 7 to 8) from 7:30 to 8:30 and even at that time, I have a hard time sometimes getting to sleep (I try to get to bed by 10).

I tried exercising first thing in the morning. Some people love it - they do their best at that time and then it is done and out of the way. I suck first thing in the morning. I drag butt and have a horribly hard time pushing myself. I am NOT a morning person.

SO - for me, I find 2 to 3 in the afternoon is perfect. I have a gym at work and my co-workers expect me to take my lunch at that time... so it helps to have everyone (including my boss) expecting me to be off at the gym at that time. I also seem to do best at that time, physically.

10-19-2010, 09:38 AM
I'm a ridiculous morning person, so it's 5:30 AM for me, even when I'm off work for the summer. No, it wasn't hard to get into the routine for me, though really getting up at 5:00 AM is a little on the early side, even for me.

I wouldn't have it any other way! There are never any other commitments in the morning, EVER! No meetings, no school events, no doctor's appointments, no homework...nothing ever. It's my no excuse time and I'm very protective of it

10-19-2010, 10:29 AM
As soon as I can after waking up, although it varies a bit.

I have two kids, one in elementary school and one in preschool. On M&T, when my preschooler doesn't have school, I typically work out after we get my elementary schooler on the bus. When my preschooler has school, I usually get up before the kids get up and work out and shower, then do the morning routine.

10-19-2010, 10:54 AM
I have to have exercise in my schedule or I don't do it. I do a short early morning routine, walk during breaks at work, and then stop off at a free county facility on my way home. If I wait until I get home, I often get distracted and never do it.

10-19-2010, 10:59 AM
Actually, when I first started, it was 3 in the afternoon. I still USUALLY exercise at 3 in the afternoon, which is weird because I don't plan it anymore. Sometimes, I do it later, around 5 or 6, but usually it's 3.

10-19-2010, 11:41 AM
My husband set up a home gym which was great but I seldom used it. The problem was... I would get home from work and just veg out in front of the computer instead of getting on the elliptical. I figured that maybe I was just never going to be disciplined enough to lose weight. I also had horrible commute times coming home, Pittsburgh is just the worst.

It wasn't until my husband suggested getting a gym membership that I actually started thinking about using it as a way to beat traffic... I found a gym barely 5 minutes from my job and I actually have to drive by it on my way home from work. Sometimes I just go even when I don't FEEL like going and I still get a good sweat going and I don't have to sit in rush hour traffic.

I've gone a minimum of three days a week, it's just so convenient. Just don't forget your gym bag. XD

So I usually wind up working out at around 5:30 - 6.

10-19-2010, 11:46 AM
Just don't forget your gym bag. XD

For us morning folks, it's just don't forget your bra! :o Or deodorant! :rofl: Yep, I've forgotten both.

10-19-2010, 12:17 PM
my gym is across the street from where I work. So, I go at 5pm when I get off work. I can't get up early enough to go before work. It was semi hard to get into a routine, but now it's on auto pilot.

10-19-2010, 12:33 PM
I exercise first thing in the morning, before any coffee, breakfast or shower, literally as soon as I get up. I go out for my run, and then when I come back, I have a nice hot shower, a decent breakfast and a read of my book over coffee. I think it's such a lovely way to start the day, and depending on what time I get up, it means that by some time between 8 or 9am, my exercising is all finished for the day, and I can feel really good about myself for the rest of the day, as well as feeling energised and alert from the workout. It helps a lot that there's no fixed time I need to be in work by (I don't even have to go to work, I'm a PhD student and I just turn up at my office when I feel like it!), but generally I think there's no problem fitting it in.

I used to exercise later in the day (after work), but found that I never stuck to it because I felt too tired or lazy. I don't really have any problems motivating myself to exercise first thing in the morning, and it means that I only have to bother showering the once (rather than showering in the morning before work, and then showering again after the workout), so the whole exercise routine takes up less time!

10-19-2010, 12:34 PM
I usually work out in the morning - most the time even before breakfast. My gym at home doesn't open until 8:30, so that's when I go. I am not a morning person at all, but that's a decent time even for me. I like getting it done in the morning, shower and then get on with my day. Sometimes I walk in the afternoons or evenings, but the "sweaty" bit I like to get over with.
I'm "lucky" to be unemployed right now, so I can easily let gym take up my morning. When I'm back to working, I'll probably do it in the evening - I just can't get myself to get up at 6am to work out :lol: .

10-19-2010, 12:39 PM
For us morning folks, it's just don't forget your bra! :o Or deodorant! :rofl: Yep, I've forgotten both.

I've forgotten the darn bathing suit when going to swim. Arghh.

10-19-2010, 02:44 PM
On weekdays, after I'm done working, before I go home - my gym is on site at my workplace. So, 6:30-7:30 PM most nights, sometimes a smidge earlier or later.

On weekends, whenever I get out of the house for a long walk - usually the middle of day.

10-19-2010, 03:07 PM
I'm a ridiculous morning person, so it's 5:30 AM for me. There are never any other commitments in the morning, EVER! No meetings, no school events, no doctor's appointments, no homework...nothing ever.


Although right now, we don't have daylight until 7:30ish so that's really screwing up my run schedule. If I can't get outside to run until 7:30 there is no way I'm going to make it to work on time.

10-19-2010, 03:09 PM
Mostly in the morning, like 6 AM because that's the only time I have available at the moment, but occasionally in the early evening as well.

10-19-2010, 03:14 PM
i like to work out about 11am then its out the way, but when my partners on nights i have to do it in the evening about 8pm. And days like that if im not hvaing a particularly good day i end up not exercising.

Everyone is different and peoples circumstances are differet , but personally i like to do it first before whatever i need to do that day then its not on my mind for rest of the day.

Ithink its just baout finding a balance to fit around your current circuastances :carrot: