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Are the Darker Mornings Making It Difficult For You to Exercise?

Over the Summer, I worked out in the early morning before my kiddies woke up. It was a glorious way to start the day and I could check something off my list before 7 a.m. With the sun rising later and later these days, I am finding it hard to fit in a little fitness before my girls wake up. It's part safety issue, and part having trouble rising with no sunshine. This means I've had to shift things around schedule-wise or hit the elliptical rather than the streets. What about you?

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SaraNoH SaraNoH 5 years
Living in Arizona.... running early in the morning BEFORE the sun gets over the mountain is crucial for me. I can't stand running with the sun up. I really like the in-between dawn period. plus it's WAY cooler!
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I usually work out at around 8 or 9 am, so it's always light out by then, even in the winter. So it doesn't affect me too much.
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 5 years
My husband and I have resigned to the fact that unless we join a gym that keeps us on a schedule, we'll never work out in the evenings because of the commitments that we make to other plans later in the day. In the past, it's been easier to drag ourselves out of bed than to pass up all the fun stuff that happens later in the day. However, after allowing ourselves to sleep in for way too long we've started getting up an hour earlier, which is actually an hour later than our old schedule (which had us to work at 8 instead of 9) had us up at... and it's been hard! It's so difficult to get out of bed when the rest of the world appears to still be asleep. ... So my hubs pried off the snooze button. Sure, he can still just stop the alarm then reset it, but it actually requires him to turn on the light then stop and think instead of just slapping the bright red "snooze" button in the dark. We've had two successful days in a row since he did this. :)
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 5 years
My husband and I have resigned to the fact that unless we join a gym that keeps us on a schedule, we'll never work out in the evenings because of the commitments that we make to other plans later in the day. In the past, it's been easier to drag ourselves out of bed than to pass up all the fun stuff that happens later in the day. However, after allowing ourselves to sleep in for way too long we've started getting up an hour earlier, which is actually an hour later than our old schedule (which had us to work at 8 instead of 9) had us up at... and it's been hard! It's so difficult to get out of bed when the rest of the world appears to still be asleep. ... So my hubs pried off the snooze button. Sure, he can still just stop the alarm then reset it, but it actually requires him to turn on the light then stop and think instead of just slapping the bright red "snooze" button in the dark. We've had two successful days in a row since he did this. :)
amber512 amber512 5 years
I work out in the afternoons, so it doesn't really affect me.
neonbrite neonbrite 5 years
Yes! I had to drag myself out of bed this morning. In the lighter months I just get up when it becomes light out as I sleep with curtains open. My alarm now wakes me which is way less pleasant.
stellaRuby stellaRuby 5 years
It is easier for me. I usually work out @ night in the summer, so the shorter days means I do not have to wait till 9 or 10 P.M. to work out and since it is getting cooler I will be able to run during the day. Win-win.
ticamorena ticamorena 5 years
i have a couple of running routes that are OK at dusk or dawn, but because my cardio is normally 60mins of jump rope, i can do it in the back yard or indoors and the changing season has as yet, not affected my routine (though overally my ideal exercise time would be around lunchtime)
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