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    I always tell people that I work out in the mornings because there's MUCH less time to talk myself out of working out. Most days I get up within one snooze of the alarm, but today was a tough one.

    Here's the dialogue this morning between the angel and the devil on my shoulders as I lay in bed until 5:58 for a 6:15 boot camp class (that takes 10 minutes to get to):

    Devil: So what if you don't get up?

    Angel: You won't feel as good.

    Devil: But you don't feel really good right now.

    Angel: Yes, but exercise always gives you more energy for the day.

    Devil: But bed is so warm and cozy.

    Angel: Yes, but boot camp is good for you.

    Devil: But maybe you're more tired than normal because you're taking antibiotics.

    Angel: You did fine working out yesterday, so that antibiotic excuse is a weak one.

    Devil: You could always go to evening boot camp.

    Angel: You hate working out in the evenings, and besides, you probably have family coming over tonight.

    Devil: Oh, right. Well, you could just skip the workout altogether. Is that the end of the world?

    Angel: No, but I'm getting my ass out of bed anyway.
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    I find I workout most often right after work, before I start prepping dinner. It just doesn't happen in the morning (not a morning person) and after dinner I start relaxing and vegging and doing housework until bedtime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by naiadknight View Post
    I find I workout most often right after work, before I start prepping dinner. It just doesn't happen in the morning (not a morning person) and after dinner I start relaxing and vegging and doing housework until bedtime.
    Yeah, we definitely have to find the time that works for our bodies/lifestyles. It took me a long time to get there, but I've turned into a morning person and learned to love the intense morning workout. Afternoons/evenings I'll do something less intense like a walk (that's a common time for me to stroll down to the stores, which are about 1/2 mile away).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ennasirk View Post
    Yeah, we definitely have to find the time that works for our bodies/lifestyles. It took me a long time to get there, but I've turned into a morning person and learned to love the intense morning workout. Afternoons/evenings I'll do something less intense like a walk (that's a common time for me to stroll down to the stores, which are about 1/2 mile away).
    No joke. If I knew that getting my butt out of bed meant I was going to work out, it wouldn't happen.
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    nice. but angels don't say 'ass'

    i workout better in the afternoon, but i do love the occasional morning workout. and, the only way i can get myself out of bed early on a weekend is when i know i'm going out on a hike or something. but i think if it were daily, the devil would win that argument with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by primalrob View Post
    nice. but angels don't say 'ass'

    i workout better in the afternoon, but i do love the occasional morning workout. and, the only way i can get myself out of bed early on a weekend is when i know i'm going out on a hike or something. but i think if it were daily, the devil would win that argument with me.
    Mine does . I think I've got the twins of those angels, that's how it goes for me some mornings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naiadknight View Post
    No joke. If I knew that getting my butt out of bed meant I was going to work out, it wouldn't happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by naiadknight View Post
    No joke. If I knew that getting my butt out of bed meant I was going to work out, it wouldn't happen.
    The devil won that argument for me for years till I 1) found morning stuff that I really enjoy (I actually have fun at the classes I do in the mornings) and 2) I turned the "reason to work out" on its head - if it were just about exercise being "good for me" in general, the devil would still win. But when I tried mornings for a while and realized how much better I feel all day (more energy, less stress, less anxiety, etc.) when I do work out ... that's what gets me up in the mornings - it's the instant gratification thing, not the long-term benefit thing that works as a motivator for me (though of course the long-term benefits are great, too). Sometimes (like this morning) I have to remind myself of that.
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    i prefer to workout in the morning, but the earlier i wake up, the earlier my kids get up. so if i want to workout by myself i have to wait until they're asleep.

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    It happens to me every morning that, i can get up early but i would too lazy to get out of bed and proceed for my workout, but once i start working out then it is ok and wouldn't feel lazy. Just need to kick start.

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