There are people in this world who adore working out. They’re the kind of people that can do a grueling workout or run and feel more energized afterwards than when they started. They’re full of energy and joy and happiness and do everything in their power to convert you to the Church of Workouts Are AWESOME.
I am not one of those people.
But I have been walking daily since the weather got warmer, and I’ve made a specific point to do so when my employer announced a fitness initiative that encouraged staffers to walk 10,000 steps a day. Pedometer provided, incentives every week, and I signed up, because it was just the thing I needed to make sure I didn’t put off the daily walk.
Well, now I’ve gotten a crazy idea: starting today, I want to get up at 6:00 (which is forty-five minutes earlier than my usual weekday alarm) and put in time on the elliptical. Back in the day, when I was hitting the elliptical three times a week, I’d go for 30 minute rounds. That’s the goal here, too, but I’m clearly going to have to work up to it: before, I was working out after work or after dinner, both which had me awake for a good portion of the day and burning off calories.
Now, if I keep it up, I’ll be burning off calories from the night before on an empty stomach and I’ll be waking up at the same time. So yeah, it’s gonna take me a while to work up to 30 minutes.
But here’s my question to any and all of you: any tips? This morning, I realized I probably need to go ahead and gulp something down (water, Gatorade, etc) before starting my workout, but beyond that, I’m not sure if there’s a good way to go about this crazy plan. After the workout, I’m hitting the showers and getting ready for my day, which includes eating breakfast. No biggie there.
No, what I need to know is what to do to ensure that I can get my ass out of bed and eventually work on the elliptical for about 30 minutes before work without wanting to die.
Because this morning, after about 20 minutes? I definitely wanted to die. Kind of wanted to throw up a bit, actually (hence why I need to work up to my goal), but definitely wanted to die.
But I feel fine now.