Where did October go? While you are cleaning up after your Halloween parties (bah humbug) planning your Thanksgiving dinners and starting your Christmas shopping (gasp!) I will be thinking about another upcoming event.
Daylight Saving Time ends in the US on November 6th. While most people are collectively rejoicing for the extra hour of sleep, I am looking forward to the opportunity to begin a new habit (or I should say, return to an old habit). The habit of early morning workouts.
Just as the trees shed their leaves, autumn feels like the perfect opportunity to shed our bad habits, our negative thinking, and succumb to the early morning pull of the pavement (or the pull-up bar).
Instead of sleeping that extra hour on Monday morning, how about using this extra hour to build a new healthy habit? Your internal clock doesn't know about the end of Daylight Saving.
When my alarm goes off at 5:30 am on Monday November 6th, my body will still think it is my regularly scheduled wake-up time of 6:30 am. Even though they can force most of us living in the US to "spring" our clocks forward and "fall" backwards every year, our bodies are working on their own internal clock. If we continue to get up at our usual internal clock time, our bodies won't even realize we are getting up early to workout. We will eventually get used to the new time, as always, but this year I am planning to use the time change to my advantage; An end of Daylight Saving hack, if you will.
You see, even though I have written many blog posts about working out in the morning it just has been one of those healthy habits that fell to the wayside. When I was doing it regularly, I was loving every second of it.
Let's be honest, maybe not every second during it, but I loved the time to myself in the morning. I loved the "me time" before work. I loved the chance to unwind before I got wound up. I especially loved the feeling of having my workout done before I did anything else in my day. I had this euphoric feeling (aka runner's high) before I ever even got in the shower and it was an amazing way to start each day. Tough some days? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely.
I once told my sister that I couldn't drag myself out of bed in the morning anymore and now her words ring in my head, slightly louder than my alarm clock on most days, "It's not that you can't. It is that you won't." She's pretty smart. Right? Oh yeah, pretty too.
Routine is a beautiful thing and I am going to use the end of Daylight Saving to kickstart this healthy habit.
The end of Daylight Saving is the perfect time to fall back into morning a morning workout routine and to spring into my running shoes or the #shredshed. Who's with me? Seriously, I need you to text me at 5:30 am and remind me of this post.
Do you like morning workouts? Is it a struggle (like it is for me) or do you bounce out of bed ready to take on the gym? Or do you prefer evening workouts? There is no best time to workout. Whatever time you will workout consistently is the best time. What do you think?
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I am a NASM personal trainer and RRCA adult distance running coach that specializes in strength training for runners. I offer in-person training in the Shredshed, online training and Fit to Run bootcamps. If you are interested in a more in-depth running or strength training plan, please contact me. Have questions? I'd love to help.
While I am a certified personal trainer, I am not your personal trainer. Since I don't know your exercise abilities, injury background or medical history, please see your doctor before beginning any new exercise program. This is an opinion blog. No information in this blog is intended to be taken as medical advice or prescription. Please see your doctor and/or registered dietitian for any health concerns.