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Exercising in the morning

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Connemara, Feb 8, 2011.

  1. Cool The Kid

    Cool The Kid Senior member

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    ^This.

    The best schedule and the best exercise regimen is the one you will stick with.


    Yep

    I tried lifting first thing in the morning, lunch time... my body is just most responsive between 6-9 PM. On the weekends I will lift around 1-3PM, but even then for legs I need coffee. I do like to bike first thing in the morning though.

    So go whenever you feel its best. There's no benefit to lifting first thing in the morning.
     
  2. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    Couldn't do it this morning. Up at 6AM, took one bite of toast and immediately had the runs. Can't eat that early. Looks like I will have to suck it up and go after work.
     
  3. Lagrangian

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  4. LawrenceMD

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    Couldn't do it this morning. Up at 6AM, took one bite of toast and immediately had the runs. Can't eat that early. Looks like I will have to suck it up and go after work.

    was the anal sphincter put through exhaustive trauma the night before? anal leakage is common in that scenario.

    seriously though - there are hormonal benefits if you work out after a long fast (normal sleep) as to weight loss and hunger (theoretically you'll burn more fat and more throughout the day). if you can get over the torture of working out tired and hungry. caloric deficit + exercise are still needed.

    I like to lift weights in the morning then run at night. weights/pilates/yoga is torture for me so its best to get it over with 1st thing in the morning. cardio (bike/run) is fun and relaxing so I save it for night time to finish my day.
     
  5. riotmute

    riotmute New Member

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    If I lay in bed before 11. I can wake up really early (5-5:30). But I normally don't fall asleep until 12:30 or so. But if I go to bed at 12:30 and fall asleep right away, I'll have a really hard time waking up early. I know that sounds really weird....

    That's exactly what happens to me. I get the gym 2-3 times a week at 6AM but set my alarm every day...
     
  6. Mr Herbert

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    I like to lift weights in the morning then run at night. weights/pilates/yoga is torture for me so its best to get it over with 1st thing in the morning. cardio (bike/run) is fun and relaxing so I save it for night time to finish my day.

    strange - i am completely opposite. enjoy lifting weights and find it exciting but hate running and cycling and find it boring.

    as i cycle to work i do 30mins morning and 30 minutes in the afternoon.

    weights are always in the afternoon tho because i cant go dropping 150kgs in the garage at 5:30am.
     
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    seriously though - there are hormonal benefits if you work out after a long fast (normal sleep) as to weight loss and hunger (theoretically you'll burn more fat and more throughout the day). if you can get over the torture of working out tired and hungry. caloric deficit + exercise are still needed.


    When I started working out at 5am, I was skeptical as well but I have found since then that it is more mental than physical. After I got used to lifting fasted, I have not found any drop off in energy or strength. And it is nice to get that shit out of the way first thing in the morning, instead of trying to carve out another hour sometime during the day. And I hate working out in the evening, because it eats into the 3 or 4 waking hours I have anyway with the kids before they (and I) are off to bed.
     
  8. SField

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    I notice a big difference in my ways when I work out in the morning. The heavy exertion that early is a big positive for me, and now having gotten used to it, I cannot go back. It's such a drag to work out later in the day.
     
  9. SirGrotius

    SirGrotius Senior member

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    Working out in the morning is the ONLY way to go for me, but it's much better when it's warm outside since I'm a runner. Dragging myself to the gym to use a treadmill at 6:00 am is about as likely as Egypt electing a Green party.
     
  10. gort

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    I hate mornings with a passion. That said, I went to the gym this morning at 7 since I won't have any time after work to get any exercise in since I'm going to a caps game then straight out for a night of tomfoolery and coitus.

    Feel great today, but can't see myself making a habit out of getting up early enough every lifting day. I like sleeping too much.
     
  11. drum

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    I tried going through my work out routine at 6 am the other day, but just could not get myself going. It felt like I had run 10 miles beforehand. Was surprised to see that there were quite a few people at the gym at that hour though.
     
  12. millionaire75

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    I do crossfit 4 days at a week at 6 am. You want to kill yourself at that hour but you feel great afterward and knowing you got your workout out of the way first thing in the morning is a relief.
     
  13. indesertum

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    i went at 7 am today. felt fantastic. bike for 30 min, long 20 minute stretching session, practiced some flares. in a good mood the whole day
     
  14. AntiHero84

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    I've just started doing morning workouts, waking up at 5:00, for about a month. I can only do this for a couple days and have a weekend workout, but this is starting to improve. In order to prepare myself, I started waking up earlier in increments. The first week I woke up at 5:30 instead of 6:00 and built up to 5:00. Now, I love it. I eat a banana and have some coffee as soon as I get up and I'm ready to go. It took forever to get my energy up at that hour, but I think my body is starting to get used to it. I definitely crash and sleep in on the weekends, though.
     
  15. Beefeater

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    I am a self-confessed night owl. Usually in bed around 1:00-1:30am. Don't know why but this is just my schedule, and I have grown accustom to it. So, I work out in the evenings. I do strength training 2x per week with a personal trainer and then run about 4x per week averaging 5 miles per, all usually around 6-7pm. I do work out in the morning (read: before noon) when on vacation just to get it over with, and I notice my endurance is significantly less than my usual evening workouts.

    I did once read a study where most athletes were actually at their peak performance between 4pm-8pm, so maybe there is something to it, but who knows. My wife is a morning workout person and my weekly evening workouts do try her patience and complicate dinner plans often.
     
  16. sho'nuff

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    I hate mornings with a passion. That said, I went to the gym this morning at 7 since I won't have any time after work to get any exercise in since I'm going to a caps game then straight out for a night of tomfoolery and coitus.

    Feel great today, but can't see myself making a habit out of getting up early enough every lifting day. I like sleeping too much.


    i hate mornings but it is a love/hate relationship for me..

    my mind loves mornings. i wish i can wake up everyday early for me to enjoy the serenity of morning and working out.

    my body hates waking up in early.
     
  17. danilo

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    i hate mornings but it is a love/hate relationship for me..

    my mind loves mornings. i wish i can wake up everyday early for me to enjoy the serenity of morning and working out.

    my body hates waking up in early.


    I'm like this...I've done mornings before, not consistently, just days I will be doing something in the afternoon I won't be able to go to the gym.

    I like it and I hate it.

    I think it's much better to do when it's warmer than when it's colder.
     
  18. cretaceous_cretin

    cretaceous_cretin Senior member

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    I wake up at 4:30am. Usually lift between 5 and 6:30. It is great to get it done before the day starts.

    +1

    I work out from for an hour at 7:30am and it is much easier than in the evening. After a long day of work, I am mentally exhausted and don't want to do it. I use a combination of B6/B12 vitamin to kick off the morning - helps me to get energized. I only eat if I am weightlifting that day; otherwise, I wait till after cardio/ab training to eat on cardio days.
     
  19. Stu

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    5 am out of bed for me, in the pool by 5:30, for 30 minutes, in the office by 7-7:30, works great. I find that getting up at 5 am every weekday makes me much more productive, I have more time to get everything done, in addition to having time to get in 750-1,000 yards in the pool and a weight routine.
     
  20. gort

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    Really wanted to get to the gym this morning so I wouldn't have to go tomorrow, but stupid neighbors above me decided it'd be awesome to walk around like elephants at 3am keeping me up until 4. No time after work since the lady is coming over pretty much right when I am off. [​IMG] I hate going on Saturdays since I usually have been up late Friday drinking etc.
     

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