Today, I met a whole new breed of people: the morning exerciser.
At one time, I was one of these people. In high school, in college, in the days before I was in the “real world.” But not anymore. Now, I am an evening exerciser. I’m the one who rushes to the gym after work in hopes of grabbing the last free treadmill; I’m the one who signs up for classes two days ahead of time so that my spot is ensured.
Not today, though. Today, I joined the morning exercisers in the gym. I felt really proud of myself, setting my alarm for an unspeakable hour and going to bed just after 9 pm.
Getting myself out of bed wasn’t even as difficult as I thought it would be! I drove along the desolate road to the gym, expecting to see an empty parking lot as I pulled in right at 5:15 am.
Um. Not so much.
The gym was crowded with tons of faces that I didn’t recognize. Probably because, when I’m normally at the gym with the usual evening exercisers, the morning exercisers are at home playing with their kids, lounging on the couch, or enjoying dinner at a reasonable time. And the workout class that I signed up for? It was packed! I had to squeeze in between weights and yoga mats to get a good spot in my Tabata Burn class (6 rounds of 4 minute intense exercises, with a minute of rest in-between sets).
Then I felt silly. Silly for thinking that I’d be the only one working out at the gym that early in the morning. Apparently, some people do this every day! Who knew !
The past couple of weeks, I’ve cut down my workouts from 5 days a week to 3 days a week, just because I’m busy in the evenings and can’t make it to the gym. This morning taught me that there really are no excuses. Work late in the evenings? Work out before work. Committed to carpooling your kids to sports after school? Work out before they wake up. Have weeknight plans with your husband/family/friends/whoever? Get to the gym in the morning. It’s pretty satisfying to know that your workout is finished before most people’s alarms go off.
I might be joining the morning exercisers more often. It’s not bad at all .
What’s your favorite time of day to work out?
When do you usually work out?