Talking Fitness Thursday: The Problem with Nighttime Workouts

So when I started doing this whole “taking control of my health” thing, I wrote here that I was going to try to do my workouts in the morning. The problem with that, I quickly realized, is that I do most of my reading at night (and when a book is good, I have a really difficult time putting it down). Late-night reading typically means late bedtime, which means I can’t drag myself out of bed at 5 or even 6 in the morning. (For those of you who might be wondering, The Hubby and I have a deal that, because I’m home with Joshua all day long, Hubs gets up with him in the morning so I can sleep a little longer.)

What does this mean? It means that I’m squeezing in my workouts between putting Joshua to bed and settling in with my reading or TV shows at night.

So why is this potentially problematic?

Because, when I finish a workout, I’m tired but wired.

How on Earth am I supposed to get to sleep after having fun with my exercise? Some nights it’s not that hard: I return to my bedroom, change, and settle into bed with a book until I’m ready to pass out. But other times, I’m just so happy and jumpy that I can’t settle down. Feeling that way would be wonderful in the morning — but it doesn’t work when the clock is ticking toward midnight and it’s time to get some sleep.

What’s a mama to do?

Looks like I’ll have to try getting up early. Maybe I’ll start tomorrow, because I’m definitely not working out tonight. Last night I did a roughly 75-minute workout and then started reading for next week’s review; between how hopped up on endorphins I was feeling and how crazy the story was, I couldn’t get to sleep until 3:30 this morning.

And then I heard Joshua and Hubs up and running around at 6:15 this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep. Three hours of sleep is nowhere near enough for me to function on a normal day, nevermind going through an entire day and having to get a workout in after that’s all over. I think I’m going to have to play it by now much sleep I got the night before and what times I went to bed and got up: if I fell asleep fairly early, I should be able to get up earlier and exercise before starting my day. If I’m up crazy late like I was last night, I’ll either have to squeeze in the workout after putting Joshua down or let the night go altogether. We’ll see how it goes!

To check out Becca’s post, click here!