Work out in the morning?

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    Sep 26, 2011 10:46 PM GMT
    Ok, I need some advice about am vs. pm workouts. My standard work day is 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. Due to some budget issues, I've been asked to work longer days 3-4 days a week, so it looks like my schedule will be 7:30 am to about 7pm for the next several months. Wouldn't do it, but the extra pay is scary good! icon_eek.gif

    So, I need some advice from you cheerful morning people. How tough was it to get in the mode of working out at 5:30 or even earlier? I was working out early evenings, but that doesn't look feasible at this point. I'd like to be able to spend my evenings with my husband, so I am really considering being at the gym before the crack of dawn.

    How do you make sure you get enough rest?
    How long did it take you to get used to being up so early?
    Is it better to switch all workouts to early morning, or some in the am and some in the pm?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I am finding that working 11 1/2 hour days make it a bit tough to then hit the gym, but I want to keep up. Lunch time workouts aren't an option, as I work in a hospital and lunch tends to be at my desk writing notes.
  • leftysj

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    Sep 27, 2011 12:11 AM GMT
    I am a morning exerciser. I have found that I need to discipline myself to get to bed early, and avoid the snooze bar. Once I get to the gym, it's all good. Getting out of bed is the hard part, but after a few weeks, it was fine.
  • irishkcguy

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    Sep 27, 2011 12:14 AM GMT
    I get up at 6 am and go the the gym early. It's far less crowded early and I feel like it's starts the day more productively. If I don't get my early workout in it sort of wrecks the rest of the day.

    The best time for you to go to the gym is the time that will work best for you, the time which will allow you to consistently get your workout in.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Sep 27, 2011 12:15 AM GMT
    I've read that it's better to work out in the morning when you have an energy deficit. Then I read you should power up with an energy bar, so you don't have a deficit.

    It's all crap. Work out when you can work out. It's the working out that does the good, not the time of day. Oh, and stop eating so much, aside from protein supplements and some creatine. The latter really works.
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    Sep 27, 2011 12:19 AM GMT
    Im currently doing the wake up at 4am and workout from 445-545 before work at 6.
    Next week ill be goin at 240pm till whenever.
    The morning isnt too bad but you really need to eat some carbs before bed so you dont crash quick in the early hours. Old wives tales or not - Your supposed to be awake and active for at least 2 hours before working out for best results. From my experience thats pretty much true. After working a 10 hour day in a medium physical labor type of work i found i can get a far better workout opposed to going in cold at 445am.

    The biggest issue with early workouts followed by a full workday, for mass gaining, is that you may not be able to consume as much as you should be after your workouts.
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    Sep 27, 2011 1:46 AM GMT
    It's going to be hard at the beginning (especially in the winter months when you won't see the light of day), but you'll get used to it soon. It would probably be better/easier to switch all work-out during the morning, because then you'll get consistent rest between work-outs.

    The key is to get enough sleep (8 hours minimum); otherwise your heading for a sure failure. This won't leave much time for anything else (work, sleep, gym). Do your errands/recreational activities on your day off (or the days your not working 12 hours).

    I work out 1.5-2 hrs every day, 7 days a wk. It takes a lot of discipline to keep that schedule going. Hope this helps.
  • davidnta

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    Sep 27, 2011 1:51 AM GMT
    I wake up at 6 and workout every morning. It's easier for me to workout in the morning than in the evening. I feel like I have energy and the day to look forward to instead of dreading for the evening workout after I'm tired.
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    Sep 27, 2011 1:59 AM GMT
    Love lifting in the morning. I am up at 5am and in the gym before 5:45am. Keeps me energized and focused through the day. I am diligent about going to be early. I highly recommend the morning lifting.
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    Sep 27, 2011 2:16 AM GMT
    I'm up at 5:15 am and at the gym no later than 6 am. It's a great way to start my day. Gets the blood pumping. Also, you'll find you sleep better in the evening. One thing you'll need to do is head to bed earlier to ensure proper rest depending on the workout intensity. DON'T think about it..."Just do it"