Disease Proof

Running Before the Rooster Crows

You’ll usually find me at the gym by 5AM—yup, that early—yes, I realize I’m crazy, but I’m not the only one. Jacki Donaldson of That’sFit often finds herself running at “pre-dawn.” Take a look:
Running in the dark of the early morning is the newest of my exercise approaches, designed to allow me a jump on the day ahead, to get my workout out of the way before the world around me wakes up. No interruptions. No distractions. No competing priorities. Just me, an hour's worth of time, and the hills. Or sometimes my treadmill. I also fit in a few other exercises -- mostly for my stubborn stomach -- and a shower too. By the time my husband and little boys are awake, I've accomplished what I set out to do and don't have to fret about fitting it in for the rest of day.

It took some practice to get rolling with this workout routine. Once a night owl, I now crash early. My favorite late TV shows get taped and I watch them early on subsequent nights. Hoisting myself out of bed in the morning has gotten easier too, although today I slept 15 minutes longer than intended and had to ramp up my running speed to make it home on time. Not a bad trade, though. I'm sure my body liked the jolt it got.
I’m a total early bird. In fact, if I don’t exercise in the morning, I’m edgy and antsy all day long. Anyone else share my affliction—or should I say, addiction?
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Heidi - March 3, 2008 12:47 PM

Oh yes, Gerry, I certainly share your addiction. Having been a morning exerciser for about 20 years it has become unfathomable to start my day without it. My body has come to be somewhat dependent on it. It is an emotinal need, for sure. I never quite awaken without my morning workout whether it be spinning, running, or yoga...what I do depends on what my body "tells" me it wants. I'm a moody grumpy girl without it in most cases, although I can still be moody and grumpy...


April - March 3, 2008 5:33 PM

I'm right with ya Gerry! 5 AM! And the reason is like Jacki mentioned....nothing gets in the way. The only excuse I can have for not goin is pure laziness. I love it! I feel so good afterwards and ready to start the day. And yes, I call it "addiction." It's my drug of choice!

Gerry Pugliese - March 3, 2008 5:50 PM

Hey Heidi and April-

Totally! If I don't get my exercise in, the day can't begin! LOL. The cool thing about is, if I get to the gym at 5AM, I'm usually done around 6:30AM, and, I'm fully alert and ready to go. Sending my productivity through the roof! So, if DiseaseProof is looking particularly good one day, chances are I was at the gym early.


Maria - March 3, 2008 7:41 PM

Absolutely!! Early morning (4:30) is the best time..can't start the day without it. It's truly an addiction..but it makes me feel so good when it's done and I'm ready to take on the day. Been doing it for 30 years and I don't intend to stop.

Michael - March 4, 2008 3:11 PM

I'm working on getting in the habit of exercising at 5:00AM. I definitely find it harder to talk myself out of exercise than in the evening. I like getting it out of the way in the morning so I don't have to try to find ways to get it into my daily routine during my hectic workday. Hopefully this will turn into a more automatic lifestyle change given time and practice.

kara - March 5, 2008 2:34 AM

this entry is so inspiring - i've been wanting to establish a morning exercise routine for so long, but i find it so difficult to be consistent! any practical tips for establishing such an awesome pattern/habit? do you still get up that early if you have a late night the evening before?

Gerry Pugliese - March 5, 2008 7:28 AM

Hey Kara-

Yeah, occasionally I cut my sleep short to keep up my routine. It doesn't happen often, but from time to time.

Usually, I'll just go to the gym a little later, if I've had a late night the night before.


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