The Struggles of Being a Night Workout Person
There are two types of people in the world: The ones who can wake up early for a workout, and the ones who think sweating before sunrise is torture. There’s no shame or judgment for not being a morning person, but working out at night has some serious drawbacks, doesn’t it?
1. When you go home to change and then the idea of leaving the house again to work out seems like the hardest thing in the world.
Don’t even think about sitting down on the couch. Not even for a second. It will take hold of you and never let you go.
2. Working out on a full stomach is the worst, so you usually need to wait until crazy-late to eat dinner.
No one has the energy to cook at 10 p.m. (Thank goodness for meal prep.)
3. You start justifying drinking tons of coffee because you know you’ll need the energy later for your workout.
Which turns into a real caffeine addiction.
4. When you get your blood pumping so late, it keeps you wired when you should probably be going to bed.
Listening to a pump-up playlist at 9 p.m. definitely messes with your plans for an evening wind-down.
5. But then again, sometimes it makes you want to go home and totally faceplant in bed.
Which means you will get absolutely nothing done the rest of the night.
6. On the rare (and I mean really rare) occasion you work out in the morning, everything feels 10 times harder because your body is super confused.
Everything feels wrong. I’m usually horizontal at this hour.
7. And when you do exercise in the morning, you find yourself having the same amount of energy in the evening because that’s what your body is used to. Do you go to the gym again?!
That 7 a.m. workout feels like a thousand years ago. It’s time to go to the gym again.
8. Your usual gym time interferes with happy hour—which means you have to choose between workin’ on your fitness and tossing a few back with friends.
Cocktails or cardio? Decisions, decisions.
9. Ditto with missing prime-time TV shows.
The Bachelor? You never catch more than the last 5 minutes.
10. But it’s all fine, because while everyone else is waking up at the crack of dawn to go the gym, you get to sleep in.