I found this image yesterday, and it stuck with me for the rest of the day. While I would much rather stay in my comfy bed, I am starting to realize that getting up in the morning is probably the most consistently available time I have to exercise.
I am pleased to report I got up this morning! That’s two days so far this week! Of course, if I miss a morning, I will still do it later in the day.
When I first lost weight 10 or 11 years ago (has it really been that long??), I would drag my butt out of bed and go to the gym for probably half of my workouts. It was hard to do, but I never regretted getting up to exercise. The gym was only a mile or two from my apartment, I wasn’t married and didn’t have kids so I really only needed to take care of myself. It was a great way to jumpstart my day. And it helped me to lose 43 lbs…and keep it off.
My routine needed to change some after getting married. Because I had a long commute to work, I found it easier to exercise right when I got home. Then I would make supper and go about my evening. Then I started having babies, and basically all hell broke loose! My schedule was completely knocked upside down. I was emotionally and physically exhausted. I still am a lot of days! LOL But at least now the kids are on a schedule and, most importantly, sleep through the night.
Because days with the kids can be crazy and exhausting, and I know early morning is a quiet time in the house, I need to make more of an effort to use it to my advantage. My body, mind and soul will thank me for it.
To help prepare myself for this, I aim to be in bed by 8:30. I need to be up by 4 or 4:30 to have enough time to exercise, plus I definitely feel better when I get more sleep. And who doesn’t like feeling better? I used to joke around that sleep is overrated, but I am learning it’s one of the most important things you can do for yourself.
Are you a fan of morning exercise? When do you prefer to workout?