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"morning person" envy...

I have never been a morning person and am EXTREMELY jealous of those who are able to 'spring' out of bed every morning. Any suggestions for building energy in the morning so that an am workout isnt completely terrifying?!

(please no comments on eating a full breakfast or getting a full nights sleep...been there, done that...)

Mon. Oct 1, 4:13pm

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sorry, but when you write "been there, done that..." do you mean that neither of the suggestions worked for you? did you get a good night's sleep AND also eat a good breakfast, or just try one at a time? if together the suggestions don't do it, maybe your circadian rhythym is not set for morning activity?

Monday, October 01, 2007, 4:20 PM

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My idea is kind of "out there", but I find that my ability to be an early or late person gets shaken up from a good bout of jetlag. When I get back from wherever, be it a 3-hour time difference or a 13-hour one, my natural waking time changes - and it often lasts until the next time I travel. How's that for an excuse to book an exotic vacation!

Monday, October 01, 2007, 4:21 PM

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Some people's clocks are just different and it doesn't matter what they do they'll never be morning people. My husband is and always will be a night owl, his day ideally starts around 9:30-10am. He isn't and will never be energetic early in the morning. He likes to work out around 1pm, which is my worst time to work out. Being a morning person, I'm best between 5-9:30am.

I say don't fight it! Unless your schedule is all over the place, you're not getting to bed at the same time every night, you drink caffeine or alcohol at night which impedes a good night's rest, etc. - maybe it's just you!

Monday, October 01, 2007, 5:27 PM

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I think there's a difference between being a 'morning person' who just loves the early morning and does their best work then, and just having energy in the morning. I'll never be a 'morning person' EVER, but I know that when I'm well rested I find it easier to get out of bed and work out.

However, because I'm not a morning person (I do my best work after 11 pm!) I tend to be the most consistent with my workouts when I do them after my work day is over. When I have to drag my butt out of bed, I give up eventually, but when I work out after work, I tend to stick with it.

Monday, October 01, 2007, 7:29 PM

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Ready for a crazy idea?

I'm naturally a morning person. I get up for work around 3:30am, and as hard as I try to get to bed early, I often end up going to bed at 11:00pm. Still I wake up in a cheerful mood. My sister, however is NOT a morning person. When we used to live together I would make her sing "Let's Go Fly a Kite" from Mary Poppins really loud with me first thing in the morning. Boy, was she annoyed! first. But soon she would start having fun and feel more energetic. Try doing something silly first thing in the morning.

Another idea: Have something to be excited about in the morning. Maybe plan for a favorite breakfast or a favorite tea. Sometimes I set out my favorite mug with a good tea bag in it the night before. Then when I wake up I have a reason to want to get out of bed.

Monday, October 01, 2007, 7:51 PM

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