Sometimes even an early bird is forced to workout at night. Working at at night after a busy day can can be complicated, but there are some important points to make it easier.
I just found out my schedule for the 6 week CrossFit challenge will be a 6:00 class–6 PM to be specific. Early mornings and the early sunset makes 6pm like midnight to me. Even if I wanted to workout (or if there was a challenge class) in the early morning, it probably wouldn’t be early enough for me. So I have no choice but to shift my early bird mentality if I want to get the most out of my impending nighttime workouts.
Working out at night, means fueling all day. Carefully choosing the foods to eat might take some trial and error, but going Paleo is usually easy on my stomach to my typical menu should suffice. Additionally, when I will eat will be another careful plan. Eating 2 hours before is my usually my window.
My day usually starts with coffee (and then more coffee), shifts to water, and ends with wine! I think instead of wine, I may be sipping on some Nuun Energy for some extra hydration and caffeine kick.
What a great place to announce that I will be a 2017 Nuun Ambassador! I’m so excited to be representing a brand I truly love and have used for so long.
It may sound silly, but I plan on keeping the heels in the closet on workout days! The last thing I want to worry about are sore toes or tweaked tendons from racing around in heels all day. I may also be utilizing compression socks for recovery following hard workouts.
Don’t get me wrong–I am so motivated to do this–but my current 6pm situation involves getting my kids ready for bed. Getting my brain ready for CrossFit will be a challenge, so I’ll be enlisting a motivational playlist to keep me going strong.
Since workouts will be ending around 7 or so, I’ll be getting home and quickly getting my kids ready for bed. My post-workout nutrition is probably going to involve quick protein shakes since I’m not good at stomaching meals after workouts to begin with.
Besides protein, I’ll need sleep, sleep, and more sleep.
Sometimes we don’t get to choose when we want to workout, but we can make choices to get the most out of nighttime workouts. Hopefully I can implement these key points starting next week!
Are you an early bird or a night owl when it comes to working out?
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