Morning before everything would probably be best. That way I only have to shower once. But, I am not a morning person. I'm good with the time I get up, to get the kids up for school and get the rest of my day started.
I prefer taking a shower in the morning upon waking up, not later. Though doable if I don't have clients in the morning, I can take the kids to school and then do a workout, shower and pick up my youngest from Kindergarten. And I would still only have showered once.
Or I can do it at night, after the kids are all tucked in, listening to their meditation and inhaling the aroma of whatever essential oil they have decided to have in their diffuser. Speaking of diffusing, I think I need to do that when I am in the midst of a workout... probably best for another discussion. But, I hate the idea of working out at night and then taking a shower right before bed and having wet hair. I know that I can blow dry it, but it doesn't seem like the best way for me. It almost feels like it just puts a big bump in my downtime nightly routine. And I have already showered once, I don't like the idea of showering twice in one day, unless of course I just had a massage!
OKAY... aside from nit picking the time frame of the day and how I feel about it...
Let me tell you, yesterday was the first day I COMMITTED to start exercising. My alarm was set for 6:00 a.m. (that is about 30 minutes to an hour before I normally get up). It seemed fine, until my alarm told me it was time to get up and I was TOO tired to do that. My sleep is kind of all over the place (another story for another time), so not sleeping well and not for very long does not equate to a good thing for me to function at my best. So I stopped that alarm pronto and went back to sleep. I decided after waking up at my normal hour, getting the kids up, getting them breakfast... that I would not take a shower in the morning, which didn't feel so great for me (I like my shower routine), but I was COMMITTED to getting a workout in of some sort. The idea crossed my mind to do it that night, but Thursday nights are super busy for me, and that got dashed out the window quickly besides the fact that nights seem less motivating to me anyway (as I explained above). So, I got the kids off to school, came home, had a small breakfast and then I dove right into learning how to do Piyo. I have heard SO much about this workout and how great it is, that I was excited about it. I'll have to tell you my impressions of Piyo later. Because this blog post is about time.
So, as I went through my day, I realized something. Everyone one of us has the SAME hours in the day, we just have different things going on within each day. If you are committed to something (whatever that may be) you will find a way to make it happen. You might have to fit it in somewhere, you may have to tweak your schedule, you may have to eliminate something less important out of your schedule. Whatever it may be, you can commit to finding a time, and then allowing a fall-back time.
I can commit myself to a certain time, but be okay and not beat myself up about having fall back times. I just needed to keep the COMMITMENT in tact so that I would follow through. And it also goes back to my WHY! My WHY will keep me going and keep me COMMITTED. I also realized yesterday after the workout, that it made me kind of excited to get my booty out of bed at 6:00 a.m. because I felt INVIGORATED. Don't we all want to feel INVIGORATED in the morning? It just gave me a new perspective of trying it out at that early morning hour. And hey, if it doesn't work, it doesn't work. I have other times I can fit it in.. and as long as I am not pushing it back and back that will get me nowhere and my commitment isn't strong and my why isn't very big if this happens. We all have steps to move forward and we'll have steps that we fall back more than we moved forward, but as long as there is forward movement, your forward movement will eventually take notice.
After this workout, I took my BEFORE picture, but it isn't going to be going in there quite yet because I want to include an AFTER picture and then update it as time goes on.
When is the best time of day for you to work out?