4:30am Workouts [Suck]

When your day begins at 7am and ends after 9pm, there’s no time to exercise. Well, that’s what I wanted to tell myself at least. No two days in my week are alike, which I actually prefer, but it can be difficult at times to plan workouts. Tuesday night, when I was setting my alarm for Wednesday morning, I decided that an excruciatingly early run on the treadmill was necessary.

I can function relatively well off of only a few hours of sleep (granted I do have a regular bedtime fit for a five year old), so I figured what the hell, why not get on the treadmill at 4:30am? I have an awful habit of waking up in the middle of the night and checking my phone, and on occasion, even responding to emails/texts at 3am. Of course there’s only an abundance of messages at that hour because the sender either a) is unaware of the fact that I become unreachable by 10pm, or b) is located in a different time zone.

So, when I woke up and did my routine message check, I realized that I was supposed to be getting out of bed, not scoping out Rue La La’s sale of the day.

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picture via Rue La La

As an act of protest, I tossed my phone on my side table and buried my head under my covers. There was no way I was waking up. Then I continued to lay there and have an internal debate with myself, trying to rationalize staying in bed for another glorious hour.

This is ridiculous. It’s 4:30am. I am not getting up.

Get your ass out of bed and get on the treadmill.

You’ll be working 14 hours today, you need some extra rest.

That’s a load of crap. If you can manage a workout the morning after prom night, you can manage a workout this morning.

Just skip your damn workout! Who cares!

Did I skip my workout yesterday? Yup, I definitely skipped it yesterday. Shit, I think I had like seven cookies last night, too.

Five minutes later, I fell out of bed, threw on my running shoes (I may or may not have worn my pajamas on the treadmill…a luxury of working out at home), and turned on my iPod. All it took was some loud and motivating music (none of that Taylor Swift whiney shit), and I was actually enjoying a crack-of-dawn-this-is-way-too-freaking-early workout?

Sure, it sucks, but think of it this way: Monday through Friday, 4:30am signals the time you wake up for a workout. On Saturday through Sunday, 4:30am signals the time you start stumbling home from the bars. Okay, maybe Friday through Sunday.

There are days when the circumstances are ideal—you’re off work early, it’s a gorgeous spring evening, and all of a sudden, you feel as if you could run for miles—and then there are days when the circumstances are less than ideal. Don’t get me wrong, I love lounging on the sofa while watching Gossip Girl, but sometimes you just have to force yourself to exercise. I’m truly passionate about physical fitness and health, but let’s be honest, there’s a level of vanity involved. Anyone who says they exercise solely for health is lying.

Most importantly, the early morning workout didn’t kill me.

What time of day do you exercise?

If you work out in the early morning, do you try to convince yourself to get out of bed (or stay in bed!)?

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20 Responses to 4:30am Workouts [Suck]

  1. I usually work out in the morning… I get up at 5:30, and at first it was really difficult to get used to, but now I don’t even think twice when my alarm goes off!

  2. Oh, that morning dialogue! I hear it all the time and it sounds quit a bit like yours!! ….. My workout times, It used to be mornings but when the body needed extra rest, I had to switch it to evenings. My body won out. Plus, it made me get my bootay home from work earlier instead of sticking around till dinner time…… Some days, it’s just not easy! You’re totally right!

    • I like the way you think! The other day, I left the office on time so that I could make it to the gym (and ironically, something came up and I couldn’t go), but it prevented me from staying an extra hour to get a little more work finished–which definitely could wait a day.

  3. Kristine says:

    I 100% LOVE this post. Mainly because on the very few times I’ve gotten my ass up to a 6am Pilates class I’ve had the exact same internal debate. And after a lot of “just effing GO”, I’m always glad I did. That being said, I can probably count on the number of one hand the amount of times I’ve worked out pre-6am. (WHEN we get a dog this will change, and I haven’t decided if this is a good thing or a bad thing). I’m an evening runner/Pilates-er… it’s totally the habit I’ve gotten into on weeknights. On weekends, I love a good mid-morning (we’re talking 10am here) run though! Good for you for getting it done! When I finally don’t live in an SF apartment I am absolutely purchasing a treadmill and a reformer for my home!

  4. Natalie says:

    430 am? You’re crazy. The earliest I would get up would probably be 530 am… And that’s only a maybe. I would definitely have to reason with myself to get out of bed.

  5. I would much prefer to workout in the AM, but it truly isn’t feasible with the hour that I have to be at work. So, during the school year I workout in the afternoon/evening, but during the summer I always workout first thing in the AM!

  6. So funny we both just went through this! Way to get up and get out there! As I say this, it’s about 6:30, and I legitimately feel like I could go to bed right now. I hope this habit forms sooner than later!

  7. Oh this struggle is oh so familiar for me :) I work out in the morning … and I find, if I let myself skip one morning … then I am like 95% likely to skip the next day too. Vicious cycle. It’s SO tough some days … but it feels so good once I get to the gym!

  8. Our alarm goes off at 450am :) get up.. and drag ourselves to the gym.. Actually after a while its not that bad. Your body gets used to it!

  9. For Navy ROTC we work out at 6:15 every morning. As long as I’m in bed before 10 waking up isn’t too bad. When I work out on my own I like to mix up the times, sometimes night workouts are nice and the gym is really empty!

  10. I’m seriously impressed that you managed to get yourself up at that crazy hour for a workout! I work out at night and have been trying to work my way through Mad Abs March…well last night I was coming up with every excuse in the book not to do it (aka I’d come home from a social event and was a few drinks in) but then finally just made myself do it! In the end, when I was snuggled in bed watching Smash, I was glad I did!

    • Hahaha, now that is seriously something to be proud of! Exercising while under the influence sounds challenging! I belong to a gym that is open 24 hours/day and I always wonder if people go at 3am after going to the bars (could be potentially dangerous!).

  11. YOU GO GIRLFRIEND! This summer, when I was commuting in and out of NYC 3 days a week from Connecticut and working 2 jobs, I was running at 4:30 a.m., too! I know how hard it is but don’t you feel so damn good? It’s funny now when my alarm goes off at 6:45 now and I feel the need to skip…it’s actually more motivation to get up because, compared to my previous schedule, I’m “sleeping in!” I have to get my workouts out of the way in the morning, otherwise I lose motivation. Your body will get used to it and even prefer it in the long run! (pun intended hahaha)

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