How do I become an early morning exerciser?
January 25, 2014 7:40 PM Subscribe
Have you gone from not exercising in the morning to regularly doing so, and enjoying it and feeling energetic? I would love to have your tips!
posted by bearette to Health & Fitness (18 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
I do yoga almost daily (from home), and it's the intense, heart-pounding, sweaty kind, usually (so I need energy). Previously when my schedule was a lot freer I would naturally feel like doing yoga at one of two times: between 10 am and 1 pm, or between 4 and 6 pm.
Now that my schedule is busier, it's more practical to do yoga first thing in the morning and then get on with my day (by the way, I like to do yoga for at least one hour, sometimes up to 1.5 hours. I guess I could compromise on the time a little, but I'd rather not go under an hour on a regular basis).
So, the problem is I just don't feel energetic first thing in the morning! I am ok with actually waking up- if I go to bed at a reasonable hour I can get myself up early. And once I start doing yoga I feel ok. I can get through it and feel okay, but I am much less energetic than at the previously mentioned times.
I was wondering if there's a way to change myself to be more energetic in the morning? If so, how? Or is this some kind of natural body energy clock that would be hard or impossible to change, and if I want to go yoga in the early morning I just have to deal with this?
Also, if you have other suggestions for fitting in exercise that don't involve doing it first thing in the morning, that's welcomed too.
I'd prefer not to join a studio now as a member (in case that would be your suggestion)- not convenient for daily yoga, more money than I have now, and I did a teacher training so I know how to do it at home. I am certainly open to going to studio classes at times, but that probably doesn't apply to this question.
And I feel fine AFTER doing yoga in the morning, it's more that DURING I don't feel that energetic, as much as I would at other times.
Also keep in mind, one should not be eating 2 hours before doing yoga, unless it is a piece of fruit or something.