This is how I spent my morning on Wednesday:
I’m not doctor but I had a feeling that working out right after a blood test was probably not a wise idea. Although evening workouts aren’t my favorite, it was my only alternative…and I actually really enjoyed my session on Wednesday. Sure getting my sweat on first thing sets a healthy & productive tone for the rest of the day, but I’m finally seeing eye to eye with later workouts:
- Extra time in bed: It was rather nice to not have to battle with the snooze button and then sleepily high-tail my way to the gym. Being able to stay in bed with a cup of coffee and eat breakfast in my pjs on a week day felt somewhat like a luxury. It should be noted that at-home blood tests are an option in Mumbai, so you know I immediately jumped back into bed once I cried uncle finished.
- More energy: I always have this mind block that I’ll be too tired & unmotivated to work out after a long day at work. By the time 7pm came along, my legs were feeling so antsy from sitting all day and between the restlessness and the day’s eats, I ended up running faster than I have in a while. Not a bad way to de-stress!
- Change in environment: I’ve been going to the same gym for 2 years yet merely going at a different time made me feel like I was in a completely new gym. The evening crowd is more relatable (i.e. more my age) and the gym was buzzing! Everyone also seemed more into their workouts, which is a heck of a lot more motivating that the treadmill strollers who frequent the gym in the morning.
- Not pressed for time: I hate being a clock-watcher, especially during my workouts, but I have no choice in the mornings. To ensure I make it to work on time, I try to be in and out of the gym within 70 minutes max (stretching included). I’m all about efficiency but at the same time, it was nice to be able to exercise aram se (Hindi for “without pressure”) and not be on a tight schedule.
That all being said, I have no intention to forgo my morning sessions. For the most part, I like having my evenings open…plus it’s a shame to let the endorphin high go to waste by going to sleep shortly after my workout! However I might start throwing more of these evening sessions into the mix to spice things up…what can I say, I’m cray cray like that !
Are you an AM or PM exerciser?