Good morning! You probably know that I start my day at 4am (usually…I slept in on Tuesday!). I get a question about getting up early kind of often, so I figured I’d answer it here.
“Do you do it every day, even weekends?” And the similar, but not the same…”Do you workout every day?”
Yes to both. So here’s the why.
I used to wake up at 4 or 5, depending on several things that went into when I could workout. Now, I actually don’t have as much leeway and usually have to get up at 4 to workout and shower before my daughter wakes up. And it’s easier! Getting up at the same time each day, though earlier, has been easier for me than getting that extra hour in bed. For one thing, I don’t worry that my alarm is set to the right time. For another, I’ve let my body get used to being up at that time and now it is.
And if I’m up, I may as well workout, right? Well, that’s part of why I work out almost every day. I take a rest day if I feel I need it, but instead work active rest into my program. Yes, Body Beast has a rest day each week. Most programs I’ve done do (except 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme, which I’ll get into). So I work in something fun like Turbo Fire or something like yoga. Part of the reason is that I am better when I workout…I have more energy, am better at facing my day, make better nutrition choices and drink more water when I exercise. Another piece is that I enjoy having the habit of exercise. It is something I just do daily. This is why the 21 Day Fixes have workouts every day – it’s creating a habit of exercise and food choices so that making these a part of your life is easier. So I add these workouts, while listening to my body and fully resting if I need to, because it works better for me.
This is not to say that it’s the way to go for everyone! Some people prefer to workout in the evenings. I can do a light workout in the evening, but often forget that I shouldn’t eat my regular dinner if I’m going to! Yes, food is one of my biggest deterrents to night exercise. I like the morning because I don’t have to worry about that. And some people prefer to workout 5-6 days a week. If that works for you, go for it!
The best workout is the one you’ll do. The best time is when it works for you. Find what that is.
Why do you workout when you do?