I’ve been staying up too late watching the Olympics, which means I’ve really been struggling to get up in the morning. Between that and starting to face the reality of my soon-to-be-empty nest, I was slipping in to a funk last week.
When my alarm went off on Thursday, I really did not want to get up. I asked my husband to take our dog out for her walk so I could snooze for a bit longer, but as I lay in bed, I knew I had to get up for my workout.
As an early morning exerciser, I’ve done the snooze-versus-sweat debate too many morngings to count. What I have finally realized is that I usually will feel better–and have more energy–if I get up for my workout than if I steal another 45 minutes of sleep. Of course there are days when sleep is the right option, but usually I end up regretting staying in bed and wishing I’d gotten my sweat on.
Last week I talked myself out of bed with the thought of doing one of the programs on my Rodney Yee AM Yoga For Your Week DVD, but by the time I was pulling workout clothes out of my dresser, I decided to hit the treadmill.
I set the treadmill for 45 minutes of the “random” program at level 3 (my usual training level). I opted for a long warm-up: 5 minutes walking, 5 minutes running at 5.7 mph and 5 min running at 6.0 mph. Then I settled in for 30 min at 6.3-6.5 mph (depending on the incline). I cooled down with 1 minute running at 5.7 mph and 4 minutes walking at 3.7 mph.
When I finished I was sweaty–but happy.
My morning workouts wake up my muscles, get my heart pumping, and get those endorphins flowing. No amount of coffee–even a pot of my beloved Starbucks Komodo Dragon–can wake me up like a good workout.
Do you workout in the morning?
How do you talk yourself out of bed when you’re tired?