The Pros And Cons of Early Workouts

June 29, 2011 · 32 comments

As everyone’s gotta know by now, I’m feeling pretty baller about my early-morning workouts these days. For a “non-morning person,” I’ve been surprisingly happy to pop out of bed at 6 a.m. to bang out a few miles on the treadmill before work.

this is where I like to be at 6 a.m.

Today, as I was going through this rhythm for the third time, I was starting to realize there are upsides and downsides to the madness that is getting up early to work it out.


  1. By 8 a.m., I am DONE running for the day. And that is the best feeling.
  2. I feel like a sheltered child finally let out to play when I can do fun things after work and not be stuck going to the gym.
  3. I don’t have to wash my hair at night. Fantastic.
  4. My towel at home stays clean longer. That means less laundry. That is awesome.
  5. My mind is slower; therefore, it’s not as quick to tell me how bored it is on the treadmill.
  6. The 6:30 a.m. clientele at the gym is more attractive than the 4:30 clientele.
  7. I don’t have to be a bag lady and lug my gym clothes to work.
  8. I get to pet the cute doggies who roam my gym in the morning (normal?)
  9. Some say a morning workout gets your metabolism really kickin’. Some say it’s the same. I’m choosing to believe the former.
  10. My recently-blow dried hair looks better for work than my thrown-up-in-a-ponytail-because-I-just-woke-up hair.
  11. I can’t forget anything for the gym! But now I have to worry about forgetting something for work. One of these days I’m going to show up to work without pants on.


  1. I have to go to bed earlier. I hate that. I’m still 8 years old and I like to stay up late in my jimjams.
  2. My body’s not too smooth in the morning, so my workout takes a while to get kickin’. Therefore, I get less miles in.
  3. The gym is cuh-rowded in the morning! What are all you crazy people doing here?
  4. I’ve got less energy to talk to Jamie while I run. Headphones = in. Now.
  5. I feel like I’m back at field hockey camp when I shower with flip flops on.
  6. I don’t have the sunniest disposition in the morning. I’m less smiley to the aforementioned attractive clientele.
  7. The 60 year old lady on the treadmill beside me is very close to getting a punch in the neck if I have to smell her perfume for another mile. See #6. Use a lighter hand when applying your scent of potpourri-mothball-roses.

Aside from the perfume scent strangling me from the treadmill to my right, I’d say the positives outweigh the negatives.

Dear early-morning workouts, I never thought I’d say this, but I like ya.

And, for all those non-morning people out there, here’s a playlist that’s sure to wake your sleepy body up:

And before I go, I’ve gotta share some of the top search terms leading to my blog yesterday:

They must have known it was mom’s birthday yesterday. ;) And remember when I got my ring stuck and had to go to the fire department to have it cut off?


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