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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Susie @ Suzlyfe says
I am not great with nighttime workouts. I am just mentally tapped out by then! I want to be home, eating 😀
Michelle Homan says
Kimberly Hatting says
I can do it both ways LOL I prefer early morning (so I don’t have to think about it all day…or stress over last-minute glitches that could post-pone the workout even longer), but I usually can get things done in the evening as well.
Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner says
I am totally beat by nighttime but I have tremendous respect for those who do it after a full day of work and kids. Congrats on the Nuun ambassadorship looks like a fun group of athletes
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Kimberly G says
These are all great tips. 90% of my workouts are after work, but luckily I get off work at 4pm. I do take a boot camp class at 7pm during the week and it’s rough, but with eating properly during the day, I’m able to take the class.
Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home says
I’m such a morning person–nighttime workouts would definitely be a challenge for me!
I used to workout before kids at night but now morning is my jam. You do what you gotta do though to get it done! Great tips!!! Congrats on the ambassadorship! 🙂
Patricia @Sweet and Strong says
I prefer working out in the mornings, but these are all great tips as I know many people workout after work. Motivation is key for me regardless of when a workout is going to happen.
Nicole @ Fitful Focus says
Woohoo for being a Nuun ambassador! I need to get on that train. Love these tips, too! I hope you enjoy the 6pm class!
Christine Cassar says
I try to get my run in first thing in the morning but if things don’t go according to plan…these are great tips. I agree with the “eating 2 hours prior” . I have made the mistake of eating too close to an evening run and it wasn’t pretty.
I adore early morning workouts, but with the way my kids and their schedules work out (my 3 older kids are in 3 different schools), in order for me to workout before everyone else, that would put me up at 4am and after trying that for a few days, I just can’t do it! I am debating on nap time workouts or an evening workout, but I need something consistent so I’m trying both to see which one I like more 🙂
Congrats on the ambassadorship!
Have a great weekend!!
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