Why I Work Out In The Morning
I am one of those foreign species that is often referred to as an “early riser”. I can get myself up at 5:30am and still function as a normal human being until about 9pm at night, where I turn into a zombie.
I’m quick to point out that this isn’t every day, as weekends tend to be a 9am start at the earliest, but most weekdays I’m up at 5:30am/ 6am at the latest.
Why I hear you ask? Because I prefer working out in the morning.
I love the idea that when others have done a full day work and now have to drag their bums to the gym, often resulting in skipping a workout. On the flip side, I am smug in the knowledge that I have already done my work out, and I now have my evening free to do whatever I want (which is normally, eat and then sleep. Hello Grandma at 27).
There are so many more positives to working out in the morning than there are negatives.
I find my early starts have a knock-on effect, both physically and mentally.
Mentally; I have more energy, I’m more focussed at work and I’m more prepared for what the day has to throw at me. I can sit down to my emails at 8am sometimes and be fully alert, instead of yawning and rubbing my eyes.
Physically; I’m pumped. I hate that phrase, but I am pumped from the gym, I feel strong when I finish my workouts and it means I’m less inclined to pick at unhealthy crap during the day, I walk the long way to work and I enjoy my healthy meals for the day.
The earlier the start, the less people at my gym and ultimately, a greater amount of time and freedom to use each of the weights I need. Even at the weekend, I still opt to go to the gym early rather than at lunchtime or at the end of the day.
The reasons why I don’t like going to the gym in the evening is pretty simple. Whenever it hits 4pm on a weekday, my gym is rammed, and it’s usually busy until about 9pm at night. I have absolutely no desire to rock up to the gym at 8pm, do an hour’s workout by fighting for equipment to then drive home, eat and be up until 11pm because I’m wired from the gym.
I guess I’m lucky enough that I’m able to get to the gym in the morning. Thanks to my commute, I don’t have to leave for work until 8am, so I can get a decent work out done in that time. However, if I had to leave earlier, this wouldn’t be possible. I know it won’t last forever, which is why I’m making the most of it while I can!
Do you prefer working out in the morning or in the evening? What do you prefer?
Thanks for reading,