Yesterday was Asher’s very first 5:30 a.m. swim workout. As part of the scheduling dance to fit everyone in throughout the week, his group is assigned the Wednesday 5:30 -6:45 a.m. slot.
His other practices are always in the evening, so it’s just one early day per week (and, it’s optional.)
But when the schedules came out, he said that he wanted to go to the early ones. In part, because I think he thought it sounded exciting/cool to get up and go that early. Also, we heard once from an older swim friend that in the past, the early a.m. practices are shockingly not as well attended! Ha. But she said the practices with smaller numbers are awesome and you get a lot more personal attention from the coach.
Additionally, working out in the morning means….you don’t have to workout at night!! (And it gives my busy bee Asher a probably welcome, and needed, “free night” from activities.)
This is one of the most glaringly obvious benefits to early morning workouts, for anyone. There is really nothing better than wiping up your sweat before the sun is even up, knowing that for the rest of the day, you are DONE!!
That being said, I have been totally off the early morning workout train for a long time now. I used to be very ON that train, maybe like an assistant conductor. 🙂 I think maybe from ~2016-2019 or so??? I didn’t go to the gym early every day, but I definitely would go often. I remember going to the gym around 4:45 a.m. when they opened sometimes, to even fit in a workout before leaving for the hospital at 6:15 for a 12 hour shift!! OMG. I would go early even on my days off, just to get my workout out of the way.
Now….I don’t really know what happened. Maybe I’m getting old? (Ha- that’s a total cop out, because I can guarantee that as I type this, there are oodles of actual old people working out at my gym right now.)
I think it might be that I’ve adopted other (much more relaxing) morning routines…like journaling or blogging, drinking my tea in my quiet office, etc. And once I had a taste of that, the bright gym lights and um, exertion of effort at 5-6 a.m. is just no longer appealing. We drove past one of those Burn Bootcamp places on the way to the pool yesterday, and there were at least 20 people in a class, high-kneeing and burpee-ing around full throttle at 5:15 already! I was like….ughhhhhh…..how are they doing that?!
Anyway, Asher seemed a little tired/ crabby when he first woke up at 5 a.m., but overall was in good spirits. He seemed to be proud of himself going off to school knowing that he had already worked out for 1 hour and 15 minutes, while everyone else had probably just had a bowl of cereal so far. 🙂
Early morning workouts really are THE BEST…once they are over. 😉 I also love the “one and done” shower thing- no waiting around feeling grungy to shower until after your later workout, or needing a second shower later in the day because you are all gross again.
The worst workout, in my opinion, is the one you “say” you’ll do “later”. Or “after dinner”. Yeah…no. So I am a big fan of gettin’ ‘er done. Maybe eventually I’ll go back to the early mornings. For now, I just need to work on getting myself back into the actual gym, before my husband cancels my gym membership on me. 😬
Yesterday’s workout: Drained and cleaned out the hot tub!! I climbed in there and used some elbow grease to really make her shine. 🙂
Do you workout in the morning? Have you ever? When is your favorite time to workout?
Thought of the Day:
When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new. -Dalai Lama
I am grateful for convenient hose/ water access to our back patio for filling up the hot tub.
2 thoughts on “Early morning workouts”
I’m a religious morning workout person. I am a morning person in general so everything in the morning is better than late evening when I’m trying to relax to transition to sleep. So when I couldn’t workout few days during my covid time, I felt I was missing something.
I used to love the morning feeling of stepping out to start my run, now that I can’t fully run yet, I am still enjoying the pilates/yoga workout I’ve been doing during my ankle injury recovery months. It’s really the best way to start the day. I am so happy that Sofia is getting it as she’s running 4-5 mornings a day and swim 1-2 times as well. She feels accomplished before breakfast! I hope she keeps it up.
I was a morning workout person before I moved in with Phil. Now I am not and I don’t see that happening again for many years until our kids are sleeping through the night or sleeping in? I also prefer to workout in the morning and shower once but my need for sleep has overruled the desire to get a workout in. I’m so glad the WFH environment has given me the flexibility to fit workouts in when I can, though. It was undesireable when I had to leave the house at 6:55 – even pre-kids! Before I moved in with Phil, I lived downtown so had less of a commute so could more easily fit a workout in. And I found it easier to get out of an empty bed to take the elevator downstairs to a nice gym. In Phil’s first house, I would be getting out of an occupied bed to workout in an unfinished, dark basement… which was not appealing.
I feel like a 5:30 am workout once a week would be a harder habit to work in, though! But I am such a routine person!