Morning workouts...Do I have to? (Photo by Sara Forrest)
I'll be honest: I am not a morning person. I'll wake up bright and early and be on time for races, appointments and work, but not with the perky enthusiasm of a natural morning person. (Coffee! Stat!) This is why I choose to work out in the evening after work. The thought of going to the gym first thing in the morning is foreign to me. I couldn't understand how you morning gym-goers do it!
When I looked at my calendar this week, however, I noticed that I had a lot of after-work events lined up and meetings throughout the day. Instead of ignoring my fitness for the week, I decided to suck it up and wake up before 6 a.m. for a workout before work. I expected to find lots of busy professionals at the gym, crowded locker rooms and no available machines or equipment.
Boy was I wrong! I hopped on the elliptical right away and had lots of space for free weight exercises and stretching after. Even showering and getting ready in the locker room was stress-free. And I made it to work early! Though I'm not sure if I'll do all my workouts in the morning, I know now that post-work plans don't have to get in the way of my fitness.
What about you guys? Are you a morning workouts person, or more of a nighttime exerciser like me?