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Early Morning Workouts

By: Debra Richman

I’m not sure why I agreed to waking up any earlier than I already do. It’s not easy getting up at 4:45 AM each day. Dial that back to 4:15 AM and it’s a form of torture. I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t tell you that I have pressed the snooze button (something I normally never do) on more than one occasion and skipped the extra early morning workout routine; but on the mornings that I have managed to get myself up and moving earlier than usual, I’m grateful for it. Fortunately, I don’t have to go far...the treadmill, free weights, exercise ball, and dyna band are located on the other side of my bedroom (luckily, my husband is a heavy sleeper!).

No matter the time, it’s amazing how you wake up  and are energized minutes into a workout routine. Once I turn on the treadmill and start moving, I don’t even think about going back to sleep. In some ways, it’s therapeutic. And given the time of day, NOBODY is bothering me. It’s rare that I get 30-minutes of uninterrupted time in my home. And it’s peaceful. This time of year I even hear the birds chirping outside.

So what am I doing? A little bit of this and a little bit of that. Some days it’s the treadmill and nothing else. Some days it’s the exercise ball, floor exercises and free weights. And everyday I now do squats while blow-drying my hair (at that point in my morning routine my husband is up and I can hear him shout, “there she goes again.”).

This past weekend, I took Cooking Light’s "Get Stronger" advice and made “playtime for Mom” my workout and tried to teach my son, Jake, to ride a bicycle in our backyard (the backyard part was a big mistake). It’s clear that teaching him to ride will be a project over the course of several weekends, so at least I can look forward to sleep on those mornings.