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The Disadvantages of a Morning Workout

It is worth making an effort to exercise whenever you get the chance, but many people are struggling to find the time and so aren’t doing enough. The morning could be regarded as the perfect time to do some physical activity, as apart from washing, dressing and eating breakfast there isn’t much else to do and you could be using your time more constructively rather than watching television or listening to the radio. However, not everyone is the same, and so while there are those who enjoy getting up at the crack of dawn; for others, this is torture and worth avoiding at all costs.

If you’re a night owl you may be less inclined to get up early to exercise than if you’re naturally an early bird. If you enjoy going to bed late, watching television until you drift off to sleep you may find it harder to wake up in time to go for a run or go to the gym. You may want to get your workout out of the way, but find it incredibly difficult to motivate yourself to get out of bed and to put your workout clothes on and get moving. The chances are you’ll just switch off your alarm clock and go back to sleep.

This is understandable, really, especially during the winter months when it is freezing and pitch black outside. Even if you enjoy a workout in the morning before you go to work the thought of going out into the cold and dark can put you off. When the weather is poor there is the risk you could hurt yourself if you slip on ice, for instance, while the darkness makes it more likely you could sprain an ankle or injure yourself because you are unable to see where you’re going properly. If you fail to wear clothing that makes you visible to motorists you could also run into danger on the roads, as well.

Sometimes, you just don’t have the energy for a workout in the morning. You may feel energised after a run or a swim, but actually dragging yourself out of bed just doesn’t seem worth it. First, you have to get up and get dressed, then you have to go to the gym or for a run and come back all hot and sweaty. You then have to wash, change and eat breakfast and so you have to be pretty organised in the morning. If you don’t organise your time you could end up rushing around, which is why it is tempting not to bother getting any exercise in the morning.

There are many advantages associated with exercise, but you are unlikely to be able to appreciate them if you force yourself to workout in the morning when you’re really not a morning person.