For today’s Friday Five linkup, Courtney, Mar, and I came up with the theme “Five things I love about ___” – with a fill in the blank for whatever you are loving. I loved the idea of freedom, but could hardly decide what to write about loving since I am a crazy positive person who loves to gush about things I love. Sappy and comical at the same time…
So because it’s on my mind this week, I decided to write an ode to the morning workout. To profess my love for it and gush about everything that is so right about it.
Okay, okay, let’s be honest – gushing about it just might encourage myself to make it my usual routine again, to reclaim the 5:30am alarm clock compliance from last year that I seem to be inconsistent about lately.
I’m all over the place with my workout timing lately – some mornings, some late nights, some lunchtime or midday “sneak-it-ins”, but every.single.time I do a morning workout or run, I am glad I did. I love it. And all day I think about how awesome I was that I got it done in the morning. And the days I don’t? It’s a struggle. For example, here are Instagram pics from my last two evenings:
Wednesday night 10pm yoga:
Someone really needs to tell me not to post mid-Downward-facing-dog selfies on the internet…
Thursday night 10pm bike trainer:
Bonus points if anyone can tell me what show I’m watching on my laptop!
I rode that trainer for 45 minutes, hopped off at 10:40pm and had a healthy snack. And then ate two cookies. Doh.
So here are five things that I love about the morning workout every time I do one. Let’s call this a little inspiration for me to be more consistent next week… 😉
1. I have a healthy mindset all day long.
I can honestly say that starting the day with a workout – whether it be a run, a swim, a video at home – makes me feel so great all day long. The body just feels in tune from the start. I also tend to make healthier food choices when my body has been a machine from the start. Treat your body well and it will treat you well.
2. I have more free time in the evening for hobbies.
What, blogging isn’t my only hobby? I used read a lot before bed, but if I work out in the evening, I fall asleep on the couch with my laptop on my lap, writing a blog post. I just feel like I have no time for myself to decompress and relax in the evening if I spend it on that bike for 45 minutes to an hour after 9 or 10pm.
On the days when I get the workout done in the morning, I have been reading again. I love discovering new books, and lately I’ve been reading a great one that I have to mention. I actually know the author (well, we haven’t met in person but know each other online), but that’s not why I’m ga-ga over this book. It’s as if she knew exactly what I would enjoy reading and made a novel out of it! It’s called A Paris Apartment, and I’m loving it. Definitely a must-read.
3. I’m more patient with my kids.
I have to admit something to you: I’m not Mother Of The Year. Don’t walk away from your computer in shock. I have a 4.5 year old who is fairly difficult to handle at least once a day (sometimes 1 million times a day), and his bedtimes aren’t always the stuff of family sitcoms where the kids snuggle nicely with their moms on the bed reading a story, kiss goodnight, get tucked in, and drift off to a happy sleep.
It’s more like him falling on the ground pretending he’s suddenly too tired to brush his teeth, when 5 seconds before he was running around with a hockey stick or pretending to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.
So yes, I am more patient when I’ve exercised earlier in the day. And I’m not stressed about getting to the gym after the kids go to bed, so I can just live in the moment. The whining, difficult moment. Some day will we all look back and laugh? Probably not. At least #1 and #3 are drama-free at bedtime.
4. I can substitute wine for electrolyte drinks.
The picture says it all. No more words. That’s it. I swear.
5. I have more choices of what type of workout I can do.
At home in the evening, I have from about 9-11pm. And I want to relax, eat something, have a glass of wine, check in on blogs, respond to blog comments [I’m sorry I’m behind this week – those darn evening workouts!], and if I have to fit in exercise, it’s really really really really hard to get my butt out the door and go to the gym. So I feel limited – I hop on the bike on the trainer, or do yoga in my basement, or a DVD with body weight training or hand weights. But in the morning, I can run outside, I can bike outside, I can get to the indoor pool, I can go to the gym – the sky’s the limit. If I wake up on time.
Have I convinced myself? Have I convinced YOU?
What is one thing you like about morning workouts? Comment below!
Three little things to add –
RACE: If you’re running in the Frederick Half Marathon, it’s go time! We will have amazing weather on Sunday. Wave to me if you see me!
WRITE: I had another article published on She Knows about running for FUN – reclaiming the childlike enthusiasm and making it less of a chore. My daughter inspired me when we went shopping for running shoes and she wanted to buy a pair and start running too. Check it out!
WIN: There’s still a few days to enter my Racer Wall Frame Giveaway – go for it!
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