Morning workouts and the light at the end of the tunnel

It’s Tuesday! Do you know what that means? It means I’ll be power-walking across campus to get to Cessna Stadium with Ashley R. Why the stadium? Oh, so we can climb stairs… lots and lots of stairs.

Morning workouts lead to weight loss, so says an article by Livestrong.com. Working out in the morning can provide huge advantages to improving your weight loss: burning calories, improving motivation and consistent routine, as well as a positive outlook for your day!

I, however, detest working out in the morning. I detest working out when I’m tired in general, but I certainly won’t force myself to exercise in the morning –not when I’m pooped! (Of course, 9:30 a.m. is still technically morning… I believe Livestrong is referring to the 5 a.m. workout-aholics!)

For those of you (like me) who have a serious aversion to early morning workouts, check out the articles because working out in the morning actually has some benefits…

For example, you get your workout done and over with, which is good news. Scheduling your sweat session in the morning creates a routine. (My routine is to do it after work, which usually works for me, unless I have five thousand things to do that day. Not getting up earlier.)

And you burn more fat! Don’t believe me? According to Weight Loss for All, exercising in the morning causes your body to tap into its fat reserves because you’ve “starved” yourself for eight hours while sleeping, making the glycogen levels in your muscles and liver low.

Another bonus? You can avoid distractions. No one is calling you at 5 a.m. and your spouse and possible children are still sleeping! (Unless of course your spouse is similar to Husband, and then he’s awake at 5 a.m. or still at work.) And if you got a restful night’s sleep, you are more focused in the morning than you are at any other point in the day.

The article also suggests that exercise is the perfect start to the day. I beg to differ. Exercise is no fun, generally. Coffee and pancakes are fun. Of course, exercise does stimulate your mind and body, offering increased mental clarity and physical energy. (Coffee does the same thing.) You may start off the day feeling peaceful and rejuvenated.

An easy morning ab workout can get your metabolism going and strengthen and tone your tummy muscles.

The abs include four muscles, all of which need to be worked in order to tone and strengthen the core as a whole. These include the rectus abdominis, internal and external obliques and the transverses abdominis.

Crunches work the rectus and transverses muscles. Oblique crunches work the internal and external obliques and should be performed first in order to keep the obliques from “helping” the other ab muscles perform exercises. Finally, leg lifts work the lower part of the rectus and transverses muscles (that area where your tummy pooches).

Now, I mentioned a light at the end of the tunnel. I am not speaking of the light at the end of the healthy life tunnel. That tunnel is far too long, and I’ve yet to see a glimmer. I am speaking of, however, the light at the end of the college tunnel.

I did not “take a break” between high school and college or my undergrad and grad school; I went straight through.

Why would that be a problem? Well, like many exercise programs (or restaurant jobs), school has a burn-out factor.

For instance, when I did Insanity over and over and over… and over… again, and saw few results, I got burnt out. In addition, when business started slowing down in the corporate field of restaurant jobs, it was hard for me to want to dedicate myself to the few customers I had; I was burnt out.

Well, for school, the match is close to burning my fingers, and I can’t blow and curse it out. (Can you guess that song?) :)

Yesterday, however, I saw a light at the end of my college career tunnel. Not that I don’t enjoy the university life I’ve lived for the past five years, but I cannot stay in the realm of academe forever. I’ve got to grow up and move on.

With that said…

I had a fantastic interview with an integrated marketing agency in Wichita yesterday. If I am not selected to intern there in the summer (although I already love their agency), I will not be disappointed because I’ve seen that there is a future for me outside the imaginary campus walls I’ve grown behind for five long years.

I guess the light tells me… someday I get to grow up and leave behind the processes of schooling for the applications of the real world.

Yay!

5 thoughts on “Morning workouts and the light at the end of the tunnel

    • skinnyshae

      I completely do not think I will miss college. I might miss my friends, classmates, professors and coworkers, but… oh my goodness… I’m so excited for the work force!

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  1. tuesday2

    I confess. I love early morning runs. The thought is to get it done before I actually wake up enough to realize “What the hell am I doing up at 4:00 a.m.?” (3:46 to be exact. OCD exact).

    Yeah for you on entering the world beyond schooling. You go! And keep going!!

    Congratulations on your upcoming internship :D

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    • skinnyshae

      Confessions! I love, luff, lourve confessions… I also love movie references. Sigh. :)

      That is WAY too early for me… usually because I fall asleep around 2 a.m. Yikes! Congrats to you, though, for kicking your run in the butt. And your idea… SO awesome! Too tired to realize you’re running. That is genius.

      And I hope, hope, HOPE I get that internship. (I’m almost done!)

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