I haven’t always been a morning person (AKA slept like a toddler), but Ive certainly never been a night owl.
I pulled no all-nighters in college (be it for studying or in other more liquid hedonistic pursuits) & always knew I’d be better off finishing whatever needed to be “finished” (see above parenthetical) at the crack of dawn versus late night.
I stumbled onto my healthy-living path in the 90’s.
Step aerobics/classes in general were all the rage and somehow I let myself get talked into signing up for a series of 4pm classes.
I went (usually), but it was always an effort to convince myself to get changed & go.
In addition, I quickly discovered my natural energy levels were lower in the afternoon.
Once I switched my workouts to the morning I found both lost the excuse of “life just got in the way!” for skipping them *and* I actually looked forward to starting my day with some sweat!
I don’t believe morning workouts are the way to go for everyone (although studies show morning exercisers as less likely to miss workouts due to ‘life intrusions’) Ive been asked frequently enough how I shifted my routine Ive formulated a four step process.
These steps are what worked for me and what I know can work for you.
- Make the decision and tell your accountability partners (AKA friends & family).
- Plan and practice your workout routine.
- Wake up and dont workout!
- Go go go!
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Are you already a morning exerciser? Why does this work for you?
Are you a night owl for your workout routine? Do you ever find, as I did, your energy levels lagging?
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