I’m pretty certain there are thousands of posts detailing step-by-step just how you can become a morning exerciser.
I’m also pretty certain there are roughly zero posts that exist telling you it’s okay if you’re not a morning exerciser.
And so, I am going to be the one to tell you: It’s okay if you aren’t a morning exerciser.
Further, I don’t think it’s necessary to workout in the morning.
The on thing every single one of those posts neglects to consider is that while some people are morning doves, some people are night owls. Or, maybe you’re like me and wake up at the same time regardless, but just cannot get your butt in gear to function coherently in the morning.
It Isn’t Necessary to Workout in the Morning
I promise you. It’s not.
I’m not a big believer in trying to make myself into something I’m not.
In Better than Before (yes, I adore this book), Gretchen Rubin talks about habits and the fantasy self. We all have a fantasy self – who we would be in a perfect world. My fantasy self wakes up early to run. In reality, that’s never, ever going to happen. I’ve hoped for years that I could change and wake up, and now I’ve decided to let me be me.
Instead of forcing myself to do something I don’t like (or want) to do, I find ways to fit in what works for me.
Since I don’t run or workout in the mornings, I need to fit it in at lunch or after work. If I’m running at lunch they’re usually short (3-4 miles) and I always make sure to pack my running clothes the night before.
When I run after work, it’s non-negotiable. I come home, feed Merlin, change, and go.
The exception being if my injury is flaring up and I need to take a rest day or modify my workout.
Yes, this means I eat lunch at my desk.
Yes, this means I eat dinner between 7 and 8.
Yes, this means I have limited time to veg in the evenings.
They’re all trade-offs, but they’re trade-offs that work for me.
I prep my lunch on weekends, and I made dinners that have leftovers for at least one extra night, so I can reheat my dinner to save me some prep time every other night. It’s not perfect, but it’s a heck of a lot better than waking up at 5am 😉
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Are you a morning or night person? What time to you work out?
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