Ever since starting my weight loss journey, I have preferred morning workouts. I am not by nature a morning person, but I really like starting my day with exercise because I am more likely to get it done that way and I feel energized for the day. However, I’m now in a bit of a pickle. I workout at a college gym, and since right now is Christmas break, the hours of the gym have been reduced quite a bit, and they are no longer opening at 6 a.m. like they normally do. I have been going there more frequently recently, but now that the hours are all messed up for me, I had to think about what I wanted to do. I decided to do a trial period of working out after work. I also thought this would be beneficial for my devotional time, so I decided to wake up at 6:02 a.m., but instead of working out, I would read the Bible and pray, and then when I got off work, I would either go to the gym or workout at home. The first day of trying this, I woke up as usual and enjoyed the time in the morning before going to work.
What I didn’t like was the time after work. I drove straight from work to the gym, changed out of my work clothes (almost losing my wedding rings in the process–I need to get them resized), and started my workout. I got in a good workout, but by the time I got home it was close to 6:30 and we hadn’t even eaten dinner yet. Everything is pushed back if I keep this schedule, and I’m just not sure about it. For one thing, I am REALLY hungry for dinner by the time 5 p.m. rolls around, so waiting almost two hours later than that will be tricky. I guess I could eat a snack later in the afternoon to help tide me over. I don’t like eating so late because then it feels like a good chunk of the evening is already gone. I also am bound to forget my gym bag one of these days, knowing my scatterbrained nature. So the long and short of it is: I like having my Bible study time in the morning, but I hate working out in the evening. I don’t really relish the idea of getting up much earlier than 5:45 (which is the time I used to get up to go to the gym), but maybe I should consider that as well. For now I’m still doing the evening workout, but I don’t know if I will continue or not after the new year begins.
Are there any evening exercisers out there who have any advice for me? Am I just being whiny? (Wait, don’t answer that…)