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

Forget the gym, that's too expensive! I've been doing a pilates dvd in the morning around 9:30 3-4 days a week since September. It's been making me sore and my clothes have all gotten looser. Yay! Oh, and it's gotten easier to carry my kids around, so I'd say I'm building up some muscle.

the4m... the4mutts

I work out when I can. I try not to restrict myself to a certain time frame. Life happens, so schedueling a workout, then missing it, would throw off my groove.

The only new years "resolution" I've made, is to cut back on smoking. And the only reason I made it for new years specifically, is because 2 days ago I woke up with smokers cough. I knew it wasn't a regular cough, because it smelled like cigarettes. So I'm cutting way back starting today, and it might even result in quitting once the nicotine cravings get lessened.

mlbros mlbros

I work out  between 3 & 4 in the afternoon.  I am not a morning person.

carsween carsween

I was just on maternity leave for a year and returned back to work in September. I wake up @ 4:45 eat breakfast, make both my lunch and my school age son' s lunch ( I have 3 sons 6,3,&1), then workout.I leave my house@ 7 for my hr commute to work. I did p90 x after I had my 3rd son& looked better than I ever had after three kids. I don't want to lose the results I worked so hard to gain,plus its kinda nice being able to workout in peace!

Karma... KarmaGrant

So the secret is what? Working out regularly? That's not much of a secret.

Maine... MaineChapmans

Jessie must be a teacher at a middle or high school. I am too! I have the exact same problem--work starts at 7 a.m. with a 40 minute commute. However, I used to get up super early to exercise, and I can at least get up and do some stretches. After work will have to suffice, however, for major workouts.

BirdCo BirdCo

I wish I could work out in the morning! Luckily I do get off work pretty early so I miss out on the big after work rush. I just wish my gym offered more classes during late afternoon and evening. Those that can go to the gym mid morning have some pretty awesome options.

nonmember avatar Angela Gaither

I think there is no secret in losing weight, having a good diet is merely the best answer towards weight loss but we cannot deny that exercise and physical activities can help us to be more fit and lose weight in a faster way.

nonmember avatar Siffar

I am up at 5 a.m on most days. I hate it when I get up and I hate it if I dont because I seriously need they gym time as i am badly out of shape. Besided its the only time I can do cos I have to hit office by 8 and its a half hour cmmute by public transport, and once I am back I just want to spend time with my daughter.

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