By NATALIA HAWK
So. About a month ago, you might remember that I signed up for a 9km run. Which was not the wisest of choices, considering that I’m really not a runner.
But I embraced this strange decision, and I wrote a blog post that included many a clever tip (she says modestly) for becoming a runner. And my fellow comrades, those other excellent non-runners out there, responded. And together, we bonded. We told each other that we would run. We promised to feel the wind beneath our wings as we ran through the streets, the parks, the beaches.
I downloaded apps, I purchased running music, I found books and websites. I organised the exercise-clothing section of my wardrobe. I got excited about my future fitness-freak self.
And then I fell off the wagon completely.
You see, I’m an evening-or-weekend exerciser. It’s always been that way and it’s always worked for me. I’ve been hesitant to change it.
But for a myriad of reasons that I won’t bore you with, my evenings have become too busy to fit any running into.
I start the week thinking, “yes, I’ll definitely get time for a jog at some point,” and then suddenly it’s Sunday afternoon and I haven’t even seen my joggers since last Sunday.
So last week, I decided to just get over myself and become a morning exerciser.
Exercising in the mornings is a great idea for a bunch of reasons. The main one being, of course, that if you exercise in the morning – that’s IT. You’re done for the day. You don’t have to worry about it past 8am. You don’t beat yourself up all night when you’re meant to be Zumba-ing but can’t get your butt off the couch.
Also: there’s barely anyone around. The air is so still and peaceful. It clears your mind for the day ahead and energises you. It’s also been shown to have benefits for your metabolism and energy levels throughout the day.
“But I can’t exercise in the morning!” I hear you say. “I’m not a morning person! My sleep is non-negotiable! I can’t get up 30 mins earlier to do it!”