As mentioned in my previous article, after discussion with a friend, I’ve decided to change my workout time from night to morning.
Initially, it was a bit difficult to drag myself out of bed to go to the gym early in the morning. What I did was to prepare my gym outfits and pack everything the night before. For non morning persons, when we wake up feeling a bit fuzzy, we will surely be tempted to sleep in- especially when the bags are not packed- these task weighed on our heads and literally stop us from getting up from bed.
So far, I’ve been to a few morning sessions in the gym- and through personal experience, I have to admit it is better. At other times, I lose the battle with the pillow- so I sleep in and skipped the gym. Even though I am not a naturally morning person, I must say that morning exercise is better than at night. It gives me a starter boost for the day.
In Eastern healing beliefs, the body is preparing to shut down at night, so if you tax it with intensive exercise, you are really doing it more harm than good. The effects will not be seen immediately but only years ahead- as we get older and our immune system is no longer that robust. For nocturnal folks (those who sleep in the wee hours of the morning and wake up during noon or later), if you would find that generally, you lack the energy and vitality. You will probably need strong doses of coffee and intensive exercise to wake up your body system. But if you switch to early to bed and early rise, after a short while, you will feel the difference in your body.
And when you wake up before the sun rises, the air outside (even if you stay in the city) is totally different from the air quality after the sun rises. The feeling of freshness and when you look up at the clear star littered sky, there is a nice feeling of well-being. I find one of the best moments is during a short period of darkness right before the sun first appear- the air quality is superb. This is what I look forward to in order to get me up in the mornings.