We all workout at different times according to our schedules. Generally 4-7 pm is the peak period at most gyms, but many people exercise during their lunch breaks – and later in the evening. And there’s the early risers – those people who like to get their exercise out of the way first thing in the morning. That said many people find it hard to get up and work out before 9am, finding it hard to summon up motivation and energy in the early hours.
So today I’m asking, just how early can you workout productively?
Personally I prefer to work out early in the morning, around 6am, although anytime up to 11am is fine as well. I find that if I try to go to the gym in the late afternoon it’s just not as productive and I don’t ‘feel’ it as much. That’s just me. And I also realize that due to jobs, life and family, you may be forced into hitting the gym at a certain time and not necessarily one that’s your choice.
Plus I think that working out early in the morning has terrific metabolic benefits that late afternoon sessions miss out on. It really energizes me to get a great session in to start off my day. I believe that working out early helps to amp up the metabolism and may raise your resting metabolic rate throughout the day. So you burn more calories no mater what you’re doing. But when I’ve worked out at night, sometimes I’ve had trouble sleeping because I feel jacked and awake! This is in stark contrast to what I’ve heard some others say – it puts them to sleep. I wish this were true with me!
But I know that for many people working out in the morning is pure torture. They stumble into the gym half asleep clutching coffees and energy drinks and find that they just can’t seem to find their mojo. Are you in that category?
And if you do workout first thing how early can you handle a workout? 7am? 6am? 5am? At what point does your body just say ‘no way!!!!’
So tell me – what’s the earliest you think you could get an early workout in – and why? And if you do workout in the morning what are your tips for waking up and making the most out of your session? What tips have you learned to help you out that you’d like to share with your fellow Angry Trainer followers…? Comment away everyone…