I remember as a teenager sleeping until about noon, as many teenagers do. Actually, there were many days I didn’t quite make noon but that was always the goal. Of course I was always up until the wee hours of the morning to require me to sleep so late.
On one occasion my father said, “You know, the early bird gets the worm”. To which I replied, “That’s okay, he can have them… I don’t like worms.”
So I think of that a lot now and how things have changed. I’m not sure if I was wired to be a morning person or rewired myself. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy sleeping in on the weekends. But my sleeping in these days is nothing compared to my teenage years. I’m usually up by 7:00 or 8:00 a.m. on the weekends, if not before. My working days however, require my alarm to go off at 5:30. Some days I’m even awake prior to my alarm going off. And even though at times it’s hard to get out of bed, especially in the dark, it doesn’t take me long to wake up when I do extricate myself from the warmth of my bed.
Now that I’m focused on winter training in the gym I’ve made a deal with myself: If I’m awake in time to make early morning spin at 5:45 then I’ll go. If not, I’ll just go to the evening session. (But if I do go to early morning spin I won’t skip the evening class – I just do double sessions.) I was in the habit of hitting a few morning spin classes prior to my vacation the week of Thanksgiving. Lately I can’t seem to get out of bed when my alarm goes off to save my life, let alone getting up early to go to spin class.
This morning was a little different. Since it’s the day before Christmas the gym is closing early, which means no spin class tonight. So I wanted to get the workout done this morning. I set my alarm for 4:30 and got up soon after it went off. That gave me time enough for one cup off coffee, gather my things and go to the gym to run a bit on the treadmill before class. Then of course after class I felt like a million bucks – wide awake, full of energy and ready to face the day.
Some people, like my friend for instance, just can’t seem to find the energy in the morning. They are more of the night owl type and have much better workouts in the evening because that’s when they find their energy. I can do either but if I work out too late at night it keeps me up too late from the adrenaline. Once in a while I suggest early morning spin to her but I know she won’t go – it’s just too early for her.
At my gym there must be a fair number of early birds because the spin classes are packed, with not one spare bike to be had. That also means that it’s wise to arrive at the gym 30-minutes prior to the start of class to sign up and select your bike. This doesn’t include mention of all the people on treadmills, elliptical trainers, stair steppers. It’s is a hub of activity at 5:00 a.m. as I’m sure most gyms are.
So Dad, if you are listening, I just want you to know that I had my recommended daily allowance of worms today!