Early morning gym sessions

Posted: October 30, 2006 in Me things

I would like to be one of those fabled morning people. I would also like to be Jack Bauer, ‘cause damn, his life is never boring but that’s a whole other kettle of fish.

So, as wishes go, let’s get back to being a morning person. What brought this on? I went back to the gym this morning. To get back to the gym I had to get up at 5:45. Let me tell you, those extra 35 minutes I get when I don’t go to the gym make all the difference in the world. When I get up at 6:20, I’m only useless. At 5:45 I’m basically a zombie.

There’s also the problem of sleep deprivation. Mr. Jazz, he’s the type to manage quite well thank you very much on six hours of sleep. Seven is my bare minimum. At six I can’t even function. Meaning that if I’m to be up at that hour every morning of the week, theoretically I should be in bed – sleeping !!!! – at 10:00 pm. In bed at 10:00, not so much of a problem. Asleep? Much more of a problem.

I suppose one gets used to sleep deprivation. Look at all those bleary eyed parents wandering around. It can be done. I feel it necessary to point out here that I have no children, and the idea of habitual sleep deprivation might be part of the reason.

But I have to get back into shape. The whole asthma thing is apparently much less of a problem if you’re in decent shape. Right now I’m probably in the worst shape I have ever been… and liking it when faced with the alternative of a 5:45 wake up call.

After work at the gym is not an option. After work at the gym is the despised gym bunny hour. These women and their spandex and makeup scare the hell out of me. I’m not sure they’re human. And they descend on the gym in hoards at 5:00 pm. Plus a 5:00 pm gym call means I’m not home before 7:30 at the earliest. Bleh.

So early morning gym session it is. Is there any way to graft happy-early-morning-riser genes onto myself?

  1. choochoo says:

    gym bunnies freak me out… Yes, they do. But getting up before six freak me out, as well. I’d love to buy a treadmill, but they’re insanely expensive.

  2. Jocelyn says:

    Um…is this a bad suggestion (I’m a little scared of you as I put it out there, what with your lack of sleep and all): could you exercise *outside* after work and bypass the gym all together? I’m the original night owl, so getting up early just to pant is an egregious idea.

  3. Foxtrot says:

    I’m still shuddering about thinking getting up at 5:45 am… now that’s insane, truly insane. Really don’t know what to suggest other than finding a gym closer to home so you don’t have to deal with the downtown gym bunnies?Or take yoga. I read somewhere that doing yoga for 1 hour every day is THE best thing to get in shape. You can get your cardio by running after your bus in the morning.

  4. Anonymous says:

    ohhhh– I am INSPIRED. I need to get my ass to the gym but have not. keep posting– keep me in the loop– Iwill follow your lead.~bluepoppy

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