The best time to workout is…whatever works for you! Sorry that probably wasn’t the magic answer you were looking for, but it is true. I don’t like waking up early, but I do like getting to work early so I can get out early and still have some day left to enjoy. However, my schedule has been significantly busier since I started my part-time job last month at the health department. This month, I’m getting more than full time hours combining the health department with the hospital. My position is contingent at the hospital and I can fill in at any of the branch locations, so my director had me train at two other hospitals and my hours have gone up quite a bit.
On top of work, I babysit on Mondays & Thursdays, meet with two friends on Wednesdays to catch up and encourage each other to walk with God throughout our week, and we have bible study on Friday nights & end up hanging out afterward until 2am at times. This leaves Tuesday as my free night to spend with Dave. There’s not much time to squeeze in a workout in the afternoon. We’re also old farts who go to bed around 10pm, so late night workouts aren’t an option either. The good news is that summer is right around the corner and it will free up every single night since none of the weekly events will be occurring except bible study which goes to once a month instead of weekly. As nice as that will be, I can’t just wait until May to work out, especially since I recently got a sweet Groupon deal to my favorite gym I was already planning on getting a membership at! Therefore, I’ve decided that for these next couple of months, I’ll be attempting to attend the Body Pump class at 6:30am two days a week…oh boy.
I already get up an hour and a half before I need to be at work because I take about a half hour to get ready, spend a half hour in the Bible, then give myself some cushion time to remember whatever I forgot to do that morning before I need to leave. I love my sleep and usually make sure I’ll get at least 7-8 hours or I’ll be non-functional the next day. There’s no way I’m getting up at 4am, so I’ve been packing everything I need for the day the night before (workout clothes, shower stuff, work clothes, oatmeal with nuts & rasins for a post-workout breakfast, & lunch). I wake up, eat something small to hold me over, and then head straight out to Body Pump. On these days, I get ready for work and spend time in the Word after my workout. I still get into work by 8:30-9ish and only work 6-7 hours a day at the health department, so I’m still done by 4 or 5pm. As much as I’d rather sleep in a little longer, I do enjoy the energy I have in the morning and I don’t take as long to wake up. I’m glad I love the Body Pump class and look forward to it, but I can’t wait for summer when I can just workout after work!
When is the best time for you to work out?