Wednesday, May 12, 2010

best time to train

See this image? I found it on google images.
My eyes opened at 5:30 yesterday morning, and I rolled out of bed and into a hazy fog of allergy-induced blech. The rain on my roof was sending me a message in morse code: "Get back in bed. You like it there. It's nice." Reasoning that my workout wouldn't be very productive with the back-to-back sneezes, I crawled back into the soft sheets and let the rain sing me back to sleep.


Usually I work out first thing in the morning. For me, and for my family, it works best this way; for me, because I get it out of the way and off of my mental daily checklist, and for my family because they're all still asleep when I leave, so I don't have to ask one of the older kids to watch the younger kids, or make sure Darin can be home with everyone and cover carpool for me, while I feel guilty that I'm taking time away from Dissertation (okay, so maybe all reasons are For Me, and what's wrong with that?).


When I do skip the morning workout, I usually go to the gym in the early evening, and I find that I have more energy at that time, and therefore get a more thorough and effective workout.


What I'm saying is that in theory (and in my mind), going first thing in the morning is better for me. In practice, I get more (and better) exercise later in the day.


What about you?
When's your best time of day to exercise?



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14 comments:

Living the Scream said...

I'm not in the excerise mode yet but I really need to start! I think I will start int the early evening. that is much easier said than done though!!!

Lindsey Johnson said...

5:30 AM? That's when I'm halfway through my workout!

No, but seriously, I hate getting up early to exercise. I like starting my day that way, but by 10 AM, I'm zonked.

The best time of day for me, which is ultimately impossible and therefore the WORST time is around lunch time. For some reason, that is a great time. I only get that once in awhile on a Saturday.

Also, when I didn't have kids or a husband, I absolutely loved working out really late at night. I would sort of get an extra wind and then fall into bed around midnight. Those were the days...I was also skinny back then.

Go you. I always listen to the voice that tells me to go back to sleep. It lulls me right back into sweet slumber.

CrystalsCozyKitchen said...

In the morning when I get up is when I like to exercise so I know I will do it. I also like going on a walk in the afternoon.

c-dub said...

mornings for the gym, mostly to get it off my check list and because everyone else is sleeping and life gets too crazy after work. but now that i can be outside, i love a nice afternoon or evening bike ride when my body thinks it's tired but what it really needs is to wake up and finish the day. it's just what i need.

La Yen said...

When Jooj was in preschool it was perfect--I would drop her off and then hit the gym. Perfect. Now that is all blown to hell. And I can't bring the fetus-cum-baby to the gym with me, so I think I will have to just start eating Gilbert Grape.
But you have fun with your firm tummy and non-jiggly chachas.

NatTheFatRat said...

I am a die hard fan of the evening work out. Things just don't cooperate in the morning for me, my body is a whole uncoordinated mess. I usually go about an hour and a half after dinner (and bonus, this helps force me to eat a smaller dinner so I don't feel sick on my run). Usually 7:30 is a good time because that's when my husband likes to watch Wheel Of Fortune and Wheel Of Fortune is DUMB.

Mrs. Organic said...

When it's warm out, I love to run at night, but that's not so good for biking (dark=better than average chance of being taken out by a car). So when I bike I go mid-morning, sometimes I even lug the 4 y.o. along.

Christi said...

I'm going to have to agree with you on this one. If I get up at 5 and run, everyone else is still asleep and it doesn't mess up the shower schedule, etc. But I'm tired and wishing I could go back to sleep. However, if I run at noon (whilst my darlings are plopped in front of the TV and I'm on the treadmill), I feel like it was more productive...

Lately, neither has worked and I've been counting biking to school with Grace and putting the other two in the bike trailer. Does that count for reals?

Emily said...

I totally agree with you--early morning is best for the family but not necessarily best for me. I'm too dang tired. My ideal workout time is around 8:30/9:00 a.m. once the older ones are off to school and the younger ones can join me at the gym!

lisa said...

6:00 to 6:10...best ten minutes of my day...

:)

sue-donym said...

7:30 am works great for me. I have to get it out of the way so I can focus the rest of the day. And if I get a bike ride in later, bonus!

I also have a very flexible schedule right now. I can't imagine what it would be like with seventy threve hundred kids.

Melanie Gao said...

I love to exercise in the late afternoon - that's the time of day when I have the most energy for physical activity.

In reality, I usually end up doing a pilates DVD around 10pm after the kids have gone to bed.

I find it really hard to exercise in the morning. I think my body clock just isn't set that way.

Kalli Ko said...

morning, except since this kid came along I've had a difficult time making that happen

I like around between 6-8 ish. I'm not a super early morning fan because I find I just get tired and crabby later.

Imagine that, me tired and crabby. SO UNLIKE ME.

Kaerlig said...

I'd have to agree with you. I work out in the morning because it works out better for the family but I really would rather exercise around dusk. That is when I used to do it (back in the single child-less days). I love running when the sun sets.