After several you evil lovely readers yesterday commanded me to workout in the a.m. I went ahead and did it this morning.
I woke up at 6 a.m., an hour earlier than normal, after a friend called me to make sure I was up. (Funny story, she had to be up for work and someone called to make sure she was up. Wakeup calling tree, anyone?) I woke up, put contacts in my eyes and tennis shoes on my feet and was out the door a few minutes after my eyes first opened.
Let me tell you – 6 a.m. is the only time I will enjoy exercise outside during the summer. The expected temperature today is around 96, but in the morning it still felt pleasant even if a bit humid. The sky was still beautiful and birds were chirping and very few people were out or driving. I set out on a walk to the neighborhood park a mile away from my house.
When I reached the park I noticed something: people. People everywhere! I was so surprised to see all those cars and people at the park when I first got there I froze for a second. Apparently there is a whole world of people who wake up early to walk or run at my local park. They far outnumber the ones that hit the park up after work. “Early” morning workouts are all the rage. Who knew?
I walked a half mile at the park and then walked the mile back home. Admittedly I was sweating for the second half. I had wanted to walk 3 miles but didn’t want to be too late for work after showering, blogging, etc. Besides, 2.5 miles walked in the morning is more than I walked yesterday morning. I call that a win!
Everyone who encouraged the early morning exercise was right. I feel more alert, refreshed and happy. It is a nice feeling to get to work and already feel like I have accomplished something instead of just starting out my day. I have a feeling this will be a very good day thanks to that little bit of exercise.
Any of you these secret morning exercisers I knew nothing about? Have you been working out in the morning all this time without me knowing? Or are you like me and just starting (or wanting) to workout in the morning?