One thing I love about the fitness blogging/tweeting/facebooking/instagramming/dailymile-ing community is the inspiration I get from other people who show by example that there is no excuse for not fitting exercise into your life. No matter how busy I think I am, I come across someone who is busier. No matter how early I set my alarm to fit in my workout before work, I learn that someone else sets theirs even earlier. No matter how hardcore I think I am for running in the heat/cold/rain/snow, I “meet” people who brave even harsher elements. Whenever I find myself deciding that I “can’t” workout, I think of these people (this means you!) and ask myself if I have a valid reason or if am just making up an excuse that someone more dedicated would be able to overcome.
This week brings one of those situations, and has me wondering, how early is too early to exercise?
I have a business trip that requires that I be out the door at 5:45 am, to catch a flight and catch a cab to speak at a conference–after which I will catch a cab to stand in a long security line at O’Hare to catch a flight that if I’m lucky will get me back home by bedtime. I have already decided that I will not workout that day–I hope I don’t have to do any sprints at the airport!
As it is, I will have to get up at 5:00 am (my usual time) and get ready pretty efficiently to be on my way within 45 minutes. While I have set my alarm for 4:45 am when that would give me enough time for a 1/2 hour workout, I usually won’t set it any earlier than that. My body just isn’t used to being up at that time of day. While the endorphins might wake me up, the lack of sleep is likely to catch up with me by the end of the day.
How early do you get up?
How much earlier will you get up to be able to fit in a workout on an unusually busy day?