From someone who definitely hates mornings more than you.
Hi, I'm Casey and I hate mornings.
My body's internal clock is on Do Not Disturb mode until about 10 a.m. But I also have a career that requires me to keep semi-normal working hours, and for that reason I compromise by waking up at 8 a.m. Usually more like 8:17 a.m.
I especially hate working out in the morning.
I love working out, but I've always enjoyed it most when it comes at the end of my day. Even on the weekends, I prefer to squeeze in my gym time after errands and before fun, rather than right when I wake up.
In the morning, I'm rushed and lethargic and usually angry, which makes morning workouts feel like a punishment. Plus, exercising in the morning means being starving by 2 p.m. On the other hand, exercising after work feels like a reward for getting through a long day, and it's immediately followed by dinner. Win win.
The problem with putting my workout last on my to-do list is that it often gets bumped when something else comes along.
Like happy hour, work obligations, or much-needed couch time. My day-to-day schedule isn't consistent (is anyones?), which makes it impossible to stick to a consistent workout schedule. Some weeks I get to the gym three or four times, but lately I'm lucky if I make it there twice. I realized the only way to keep a consistent workout routine — without prioritizing it over my work and social life — would be to do it in the morning. EVEN THOUGH I AM DREADING THIS.
So, in an effort to transform myself into A Person Who Works Out In the Morning, I decided to go all in for a month.
To give you a baseline, I was currently working out anywhere from 2-4 times a week, and my gym time was largely dictated by whatever I had going on that night. I almost always worked out after work (or in the afternoons on weekends), with a rogue morning workout thrown in every once in a while.
Clearly, I needed help, so I asked Jessi Kneeland, fitness expert and body image coach, for advice. If you despise morning exercising as much as I do, maybe this will help: