The Secret to Losing Weight This Year Is Easier Than You Think

Health Check 19

woman working out ellipticalNow that we've sufficiently rung in the new year, the resolution-fueled weight loss and fitness frenzy is upon us. Suddenly, if you're not doing at least one new thing to be healthier in 2013 you're probably going to feel like a slug. At the same time, you're probably thinking that being forced out of bed first thing in the morning to get to the gym and claim your treadmill or spot in Zumba class is the last possible thing you're motivated to do during this darkest, coldest time of the year.

I wouldn't blame you. But I am here to tell you that resolving to work out in the morning is completely worth it.

Yup, I used to be one of those people who would rather gouge her eyes out than have to roll out of bed with enough time to work out before work. I knew people who were like that, who were obsessive, and while they were skinny, they also seemed miserable. Why put myself through that? I'd rather get my ZZZs thankyouverymuch! But in the last month, that's all changed.

I got a Groupon for a new gym membership, which included two complimentary sessions with a personal trainer. Because I said I was available on Saturday mornings (you know, like, after 10 a.m.), I got paired up with a trainer who only works mornings (starting at 5 a.m. -- OMG). As it turns out, she's amazing. And I know she's going to help me see real results -- including, but not limited to, weight loss, more energy, and getting my body stronger so as to avoid injuries and, hopefully, a couple of years from now, a healthier pregnancy. So clearly, I'd be a fool to not make every effort to work out with her, even if that means getting my butt out of bed to be at the gym as early as 7:30 a.m.

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So, okay, sure, on one hand you could chalk up my success with becoming a morning exerciser to being accountable to a trainer. (Which I admit is a luxury I'm treating myself to as a bride-to-be.) But being accountable to her hasn't been the only thing getting me to the gym; it's just what I needed to get the ball rolling. Seriously!

Somehow, once I started working out in the morning on a regular basis, I actually started to crave working out first thing in the a.m. Every a.m. Maybe because it was starting to become -- gasp! -- habit?! Because it started to feel necessary to stretch and move and warm up my body before starting the rest of my day? Because I feel so amazing afterward, really do have so much more energy through the day, and above all, feel like I'm checking a major "to-do" off my list -- before 9 a.m.!

Still, I confess: Many mornings -- especially the ones when it's below 30 degrees, windy, and I'm snuggled up under my comforter with my warm fiance snoozing at my side -- it is a battle to get out of bed. But once I do, I am so, so glad I did. And the days I've put off going, I find myself feeling antsy and frustrated, wishing I hadn't. Sure, I love those ZZZs, but it's a sacrifice I'm thinking my body will thank me for in return.

When do you exercise? Why does that particular time work for you?


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nonmember avatar Jessie

I wish I could workout in the morning but I start work at 7:00 am & have a 40 minute commute. I'd have to get up at 3:30 am to have time to workout & then get ready for work! Alas, I workout after work which is ok.

Tracys2 Tracys2

I like late morning best (10ish), though I can also do late afternoon.

When I first wake up, the first couple hours, no matter how much water I drink, how much protein I eat or how much I don't eat, I have no stamina. Not sure why? By 10, it's kicked in and I get the benefits you mention, just not quite as early.

Since my husband is up at 5 for work most days (and sleeps in the others), I also have no childcare until school starts or the Y opens, so a nice long early morning run is out of the question.

I love exercise, though I seem to pick up every virus ever when I'm at the Y (and te kids do, too), so I'm only walking and running till after all the holiday visits.

Megankae Megankae

I gym in the afternoon, 2 to 3 times a week (depending on the hourly care having room for my boy).  

I will be avoiding the gym for the next 3ish weeks, while I wait for the New Years Resolutioners to give up their "I'm going to loose weight!" thing. 

Usually 3 to 5 is completely empty so I'll be risking it. Other than that, I work out at home, and when the weather is nice, I take my boy on runs with me (thank goodness for strollers). 

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

You really do get in to the habit. I worked out every morning for years but I haven't been in about 4-5 months due to pregnancy restrictions and it's still killing me. I can't wait till I can get back to the gym or at least walking and yoga at home. It's totally necessary for my sanity.

sofia... sofia0587

And cut it carbs completely! Sugar makes you fat and is addicting but without you will lose a lot of weight!

nacho... nachoqtpie

Don't cut carbs completely... Your brain needs them to function.

knitt... knittykitty99

I want to hear how you manage to hit the gym first thing in the morning AFTER you have that baby.

nonmember avatar krelia

Like nacho said, carbs when done right are imoirtant. Think of them as pure energy for your body. In general though, I recommend before people try super hard to hit the gym at a time, is to just hit the gym once a day at any time. Ive seen far to many people focus on a specific time and when they miss it they just give up for the day :-(

nonmember avatar H

If someone want to get back in shape post-baby they will find a way. That last comment sounded real bitchy. Kudos to anyone exercising at any time during the day.

linzemae linzemae

Yes, you need carbs! Healthy ones

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