Early Bird vs. Night Owl

Are you an early bird or a night owl? I have traditionally been a night owl. Maybe that’s why I became an OB/Gyn. Those babies always seem to come in the middle of the night.  I get my best work done at night and could stay up until the wee hours of the morning, then power through my day ( usually with a lot of coffee). Getting out of bed before the sun rises to go work out seemed like torture to me… but things have a funny way of changing. Lately, I’ve had to sub for some 6:00 am classes…and I can’t believe I’m saying this out loud… but I’m beginning to like it.

Getting out of the warm bed is the hardest part. ( Lola agrees) Once I’m at the Shack and moving, that sluggish drowsy feeling disappears and I’m powering through with the rest of the “morning glories”.   The workout sets the tone for the rest of my day. I’ve already done something “good” for myself, so I feel like I want to continue on that path for the rest of the day.  I’m inspired to keep moving and be more active throughout the whole day. There are other benefits to early morning workouts.  A recent study from Brigham Young University showed that people who exercise in the morning consume fewer calories throughout the day.  Working out “fasted” also burns more fat and improves glucose tolerance.  Blood pressure is  decreased with AM exercise and stays lower through the day.

I’ve also found that I don’t need that morning cup of coffee to “ lift the fog”. Getting some early blood flow to my brain improves my mental energy. I can stay more focused all day. It’s also nice to have that hour to myself before the rest of the world needs something from me.  I can roll out of bed, brush my teeth, tighten up that ponytail and get a class in before I have to look presentable and professional. Studies show the early morning release of endorphins can also improve your mood. I’m sure my staff has I’m absolutely delightful after an early sweat session. 

So are you convinced yet? Give it a try. Set you clothes out, set that alarm ( and move it away from your bed so you have to get up), make a plan and a promise to yourself.  Don’t cancel on yourself and come join the early birds!