Workout Wednesday is back...for a special edition to discuss morning verses evening exercise. Generally speaking, I workout in the evenings, with the exception of my water aerobics class, which is Saturday mornings. I feel my best working out in the 4:00 to 5:30 time range. Its right after work, so it is easy to get there. It is before dinner, so I am not too hungry while exercising. And I seem to have a good amount of energy at that time of the day.
Over the past couple of weeks, I had to workout in the mornings in order to fit exercising into my schedule. It is a hard adjustment, although there are some nice benefits to working out in the morning. First, I get the responsibility completely out of the way. It is really nice to get off from work and have the whole evening to myself (minus treatments). Second, I can watch the sunrise while I workout. It makes for a pretty nice view. I also enjoy working out in the mornings because it is a great way to start the day. The energy feels good and continues through out the day.
The biggest struggle I have with exercising in the morning is eating breakfast. If I workout on an empty stomach, I really struggle with having the energy to get in a good workout. But if I eat prior to exercising, I feel too full and it upsets my stomach. I am trying different types of energy bars to see what works best. I like the Luna Bars that are high in protein. They seem to provide the proper nutrients for the right balance of energy, but are not filling.
Another minor set back to morning workouts is having to take all my stuff to the gym to get ready for work. Its a lot to remember and a lot to lug around. I have been successful so far at packing the night before, so I am not rushing around in the morning trying to remember everything while I am half asleep.
For now I am going to stick with my usual evening routine, although I am finding morning workouts are not impossible.