Starting Second Week of Morning Workouts
Tomorrow will be my second consecutive Monday working out early.
Since last Monday, I’ve been awake and getting laced up for the gym at 5 in the morning. On Friday, I talked about pros of working out in the morning as opposed to the afternoon and evening like I’ve been doing for nearly two years. From the feedback I received in the comments of the post and on Facebook, it seems the majority of folks have morning workouts as well.
I was even congratulated for making the switch to the AM from PM.
So, what’s all the excitement about?
I talked about increased energy, getting your workout done and out of the way, and more time with the family as being benefits of working out in the morning. But, FatBride brought up a huge benefit, maybe even the biggest benefit, for working out in the morning:
Here’s what she had to say:
I think morning workouts are also very beneficial because it makes me more aware of my food choices. It’s a lot easier for me to say “wow, I worked SO hard at the gym this morning, do I want to negate that with this cheeseburger?” Also, as a girl, it sort of stinks to go through the morning makeup/hair routine just to know that I am going to wreck it later in the day at the gym and have to redo it all if I have plans for after the gym.
The energy is completely dead on though and I find that I am a lot happier during the day when I go to the gym in the morning.
Summary: it sets the tone for everything you do later on that day.
Morning workouts without a doubt have an impact on what you have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They have an impact on how many other calories you burn the rest of the day. While this may or may not be the case for you, on some days I could rationalize a big, fattening lunch or dinner with the thought of a workout later that evening. “Oh, I can have these 1,300 calories at lunch, I’m going to the gym later to workout,” I rationalized.
I’ve eaten better (stricter calories, less fat) in the last week than I have in the last 6 months. It’s because when I sit down to eat a meal I know that I don’t want to waste the effort I’ve already put in, as opposed to knowing that it’s okay to eat a little less strict because I still have the gym later on in the day.
I’d definitely recommend working out in the morning (if you can) for that reason. If you can’t, don’t worry, it doesn’t mean your weight loss attempt will fail or be diminished in anyway. In fact, you may find working out after work or in the evening works better for you. That’s fine, too.
At the end of the day, it’s calories in vs. calories out. Watch what you eat, burn calories, and forget the details. You’ll reach your goals all the same.
So, when do you workout? And, if you answered that Friday, how long?