Do you have a morning workout routine?

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Bedros Keuilian · Founder, CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp

For me fitness is the foundation of the entire day. If I don’t work out, then I feel “off” for the rest of the day. I go to the gym and do an interval-type workout. From time to time I slow it down and do an old school “meat head” workout just to change it up a bit and because I love moving heavy weights.

Amanda Hesser · Co-Founder and CEO of Food52

Before showering, I spend 5-10 minutes doing a yoga stretch routine that Tad made up based on a bunch of yoga videos we use. When I first started doing this, I could barely touch my toes; now I can sit on the ground and put my head to my knee (which, if you can’t already tell, I’m unreasonably proud of because I’ve never been very limber). This little stretch routine has become an invaluable part of preparing myself for the day.

Shawna Kaminski · Fitness Coach

I typically go to CrossFit these days. The workout includes a mobility routine. If I don’t go to CrossFit, I do a yoga-like mobility routine called ROMWOD (Range of Motion Workout of the Day).

Christine Koh · Lifestyle Expert, Parent

Exercising in the morning is critical for me; otherwise, it’s hard for me to break my rhythm during the day and do it. I’m most effective when I build it into the day. For example, walking to school with my younger daughter and running home afterward.

Sometimes I do yoga in our living room while everyone is slowly getting going in the morning.

Sahara Rose · Holistic and Ayurvedic Nutritionist

I am a big morning workout person. If I don’t work out first thing in the AM it won’t happen later on. I love power yoga and barre classes because they work the muscles but are still nourishing on the body.

Terri Schneider · Endurance Athlete, Author

I spring out of bed and work out - running, hiking, biking (indoors or outdoors), swimming, practicing yoga, and strength training. In a normal week I do 2-3 workouts per day, either first thing in the morning or spread throughout the day. Physical movement is grounding to me - it connects body and mind and sets me up to have a productive day.

Erin Loechner · Author, Parent

In the past, I religiously attended a 9:30am yoga class. I still miss it, but I know that once this little guy starts sleeping through the night, I’ll be back in action. It’s a beautiful way to wake up for the day!

Guy Tal · Landscape and Nature Photographer

No. The nature of my outdoor work and my passion for hiking and exploring keep me in shape. I tried working out before, when pursuing more sedentary careers, but I get bored very quickly going through prescribed exercises.

Nick Onken · Photographer, Podcast Host

I do three different plyo training sets that work different muscles. I mean plyo as in pull ups, push ups, kettlebells, and smaller hex dumbbell weight exercises. I alternate them every day so I’m not working the same muscle groups two days in a row.

Vanessa Garcia · Multidisciplinary Artist

I don’t work out until I’ve gotten in some hours of work. I work out five to six days a week and tend to do yoga and swimming the most. For me those are mind/body workouts.

Sometimes I go for a run or a spin class, but I like yoga and swimming the best because they are meditative and they remind me to be a better person, or at least to strive to be one.

Liesl Gibson · Pattern Designer

Oh yes. Either a three-mile run or 30-45 minutes of yoga or ballet barre.

We live near a very nice park that I run near or through. It’s on a big hill, so I get plenty of cardio and don’t have to dodge many cars in the process. I listen to podcasts while I run, so it helps me to stay up-to-date on current events and distracts me from thinking too much about how uncomfortable I am. I’m starting to not hate running as a result!

Steph Davis · Free Soloist, Wingsuit BASE Jumper

I trail run every morning (unless I’m traveling or have an event or some other climbing/BASE jumping plan that starts early). I lift weights at my neighborhood gym (two blocks from my house) and also do climbing-specific finger strength exercises with the training setup I have in my backyard.

Lisa Nicole Bell · Writer, Producer, Podcast Host

I stretch every morning, but I wouldn’t consider that a workout. I do legit workouts 5-6 times per week. I do weights and cardio in the afternoons or early evenings when I can. Sometimes I have to squeeze it in earlier or later if I have stuff going on that I have to schedule around.

Jon Gold · Designer, Engineer, Adventurer

I run with friends at 7:00am a few times a week; I’m thinking about filling my off-days with 7:00am yoga classes for consistency.

I find that the times exercise has been a consistent part of my life, I’ve had social and/or financial ties to it. I love workouts with friends, group exercise classes with a consistent coach, and classes where you lose a deposit if you flake.

Laura Roeder · Founder of Edgar

Unfortunately, my short bike rides to and from work and playing with my son are the only exercise I get these days! I definitely find it hard to make time for everything with a toddler, and exercise is something I’ve sacrificed.

Sol Orwell · Co-Founder of Examine.com

Nope (other than my walk). I like to work out in the afternoon.

I have a genetic condition that makes it very easy for my ligaments/tendons to tear (I’ve had seven surgeries), so I don’t really touch the traditional compound lifts when I lift weights. I tend to focus on higher-rep stuff and isolation work.

I do love going for walks. I try to average 60,000-75,000 steps a week.

Sarah Doody · UX Designer, Product Strategist

I’m training for the NYC marathon right now, so I work out six days a week. I run four or five days and cross-train one or two days a week. It keeps me quite busy but I love having a problem to follow.

I also stretch for at least ten minutes so that I don’t get injured!

Raffaella Caso · Founder of BabyGreen

At the moment, my morning workout routine is a sixty-minute walk. The first thirty minutes are with my daughter going to school. During the other thirty minutes, I walk faster with music.

Victoria Durnak · Artist, Sculptor

Every once in a while I do a 7-Minute Workout, to my son’s amusement. The plank position is hilarious to him. Sometimes he is impatient about it though, and it becomes a one-minute or two-and-a-half-minute workout.

I carry him around a lot throughout the day. He is very busy, at times too busy to rest, even when he needs it. In the baby carrier he calms down immediately, and most days I carry him around for several hours, both inside and outside the house.

David Cancel · Entrepreneur, Investor

Every morning I’m stretching, doing yoga, and rowing. I used to be really into weightlifting, and then I had a CrossFit phase for a while. But now I’ve been getting into calisthenics and movement (you should check out Ido Portal on YouTube), and I work with a trainer twice a week.

I also try to work in long walks every day when possible. I like to walk during my one-on-ones with my team at Drift. It’s great to get out of the office and walk around - no computer, no notebook. That’s when the best one-on-ones happen, and we typically end up walking all over Cambridge and Boston.

Isabel De Los Rios · Certified Nutritionist

Around 9:00am I head to the gym. I usually work out for about forty-five minutes, and do almost all strength training. I really don’t do much cardio at all because my strength training is pretty fast paced and gets my heart rate up.

David Kadavy · Author

I go to the gym around 11:00am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. My goal is just simply to go and spend fifteen minutes there (it’s usually more like forty-five). Building the habit is more important to me than sticking to a particular routine.

Sonia Rao · Singer-Songwriter

No. I always wanted to be that kind of person, but I hate it. I took a morning spin class once, but it’s so awful. This extremely cheerful person is yelling at you to bike faster, and it’s 7:00am, and it’s all terrible. So I haven’t been back.

I moved to New York from Los Angeles a few months ago. When I was in LA, I was doing hot yoga a few times a week in the evenings. But since I moved to New York, I’ve just been trying to walk for an hour a day, which is pretty easy to do here, even if it’s just walking to meet someone for dinner. I might try to find a hot yoga studio here, though, because I miss it.

Tiffany Pham · Founder, CEO of Mogul

I usually exercise at night: ten minutes on the treadmill, ten minutes of weights, and ten minutes of sit-ups.

When I do exercise in the morning, I’ll do a thirty-minute jog in Central Park.

Jess Weiner · Social Entrepreneur

I work out 2-3 times a week with a private trainer, Kendra Smith. She was in the WWE and is a stunt person and all-around badass, so she teaches me boxing and Muay Thai. It’s the most fun I’ve had working out, ever!

Kate Krasileva · Psychology Researcher

I try to go for a thirty-minute jog. San Francisco is such a beautiful city, and starting my day with views of the Bay Bridge makes me so happy. I’ll also do a quick ab workout if I can (or instead of the jog, if I sleep in).

Sean Ogle · Entrepreneur, Writer

Not first thing in the morning. I found doing it really early just made me more tired, and I tended to not work out as hard as I should.

Working out in the late morning or early afternoon is the best time of day for me.

Stew Smith · U.S. Naval Academy Graduate, Former Navy SEAL Lieutenant

The Heroes of Tomorrow training program, in full, goes as follows:

  • 1st Quarter - Calisthenics and cardio workouts: The goal of this cycle is to build a foundation of moderate-to-high reps of calisthenics or bodyweight exercises to improve fitness testing scores, but to also burn off some of the bulk you created during the winter weightlifting cycle. Progressing the running each week is critical to this cycle as well, and will help prevent over-use running injuries when starting back up again.
  • 2nd Quarter - Calisthenics and cardio workouts (advanced): This phase takes the last cycle and builds upon it further with more maximum effort (high rep/mileage cardio) workouts. Typically, at the end of this cycle you will reach a peak in cardiovascular and calisthenics testing performance. At this point, you will be ready for a change.
  • 3rd Quarter - Calisthenics, weights, and cardio workouts: So, you change your routine a bit. Decrease reps of calisthenics, but add weights incrementally each week to build up your strength. Cardio options grow by adding more non-impact to your running routine as you taper a bit to prepare for the weight cycle.
  • 4th Quarter - Near 100% weights, less running more non-impact cardio workouts: The weight routine is more of a weight gain cycle, body building like workout. But as a former football player and power lifter, I have always enjoyed this cycle and found that within 4-8 weeks, I was back to my old max weight (1RM) in several exercises, including the bench press, power clean, and dead lifts. Usually weight gain will accompany this cycle and typical results are 10-15 lbs; especially if you like to watch football and eat! The legs will feel good on occasional runs after a few weeks of tapering down to more non-impact cardio.

Katelin Jabbari · Googler, Parent

Yes, and I follow it pretty religiously.

I used to think people who worked out in the morning were crazy. I couldn’t fathom how they could possibly have the willpower to run or lift weights at such ungodly hours when I lacked the willpower to not hit the snooze button over and over. Then, one week, I had a team event away from the office and realized I wouldn’t have time in the afternoon to do my usual workout, so I tried getting up early to do it.

Turns out it wasn’t that bad, and then I didn’t have to worry about whether or not I’d be able to squeeze it in in the evening. That was in early 2014. Ever since then, with the exception of when I was on maternity leave, I’ve woken up around 5:30am to work out in the morning. On Mondays and Thursdays, I hop on the elliptical for 45 minutes while watching one of my “gym shows,” and then sprint on the treadmill for one mile. On Tuesdays and Fridays, I do a 45-minute strength training routine. On Wednesdays, I run 5-6 miles outside on the trails around my office.

Taylor Davidson · Entrepreneur, Photographer

I’ve always been a morning workout person. I prioritize my time for exercise, whether it’s spent on a run or at the gym, above work and other meetings, and I always have. If I don’t work out in the morning, the rest of my day just doesn’t feel right.

Back in grad school, I played racquetball three times a week at 6:00am; when I lived in Virginia, I started my day 4-5 times a week with an hour of cardio at 5:30am; and when I lived in NYC, I went to the gym nearly every day to do cardio and lift at 6:30am.

But now, my workouts are a bit different. For one thing, I don’t start as early; but more importantly, they are less monotonous. I work out nearly every day but do different things. A workout could be as simple as a run with my dog in the morning, or it could be a power-lifting session with my trainer at my gym, or it could be my own self-directed workout, or it could be playing basketball or swimming. As I get older, I try to mix up what I do and focus on doing more in a shorter period of time. The most meaningful difference for me recently was adding in a trainer, which has had the biggest impact on my fitness level of anything I’ve done in a while.

Manuel Lima · Designer, Author

On the days I work out (roughly every other day), I normally go to the gym in the building for forty-five minutes after breakfast with Chloe; then I take a shower and head to work. Other times, I might do a cardio and strength workout class on my way to work.

Ann Handley · Author, CCO of MarketingProfs

You’re funny.

Actually, I suppose I do. It’s called lifting the coffee mug to my mouth, and putting it back down. Then lifting the coffee mug to my mouth again, and putting it back down.

I work out in the afternoon, by the way (in case anyone should think of me as the walking equivalent of a jelly donut).

Craig Ballantyne · Author, Fitness Expert

Yes, although the time varies. On my non-lifting days (three days per week), I’ll meditate and then take my dog for a long walk (or go for a solo outdoor walk if I’m traveling for work) and do fifteen minutes of stretching. Then I have breakfast. On the one day per week when I do intervals, I’ll do those immediately after walking the dog (using kettlebells or bodyweight exercises in my garage).

On my lifting days (three days per week), I meditate, walk the dog, eat breakfast, work for two more hours, and then lift either in my garage gym or at a local gym.

Chris Guillebeau · Author, Modern-Day Explorer

I usually exercise later in the day; sometimes I might do it in the morning, but not often enough to call it a routine. I typically run 3-5 miles and do a few sets of pushups and situps. Once or twice a week I go to a vinyasa yoga class.

Manoush Zomorodi · Host, Managing Editor of Note to Self

Once a week I see a personal trainer and I’ve got the biceps to prove it. My body was a noodle after two kids and now (thanks to Nick), my back pain is gone. I have two jogging loops I do. They both are about 3-4 miles and end at my favorite coffee shop (which also has a big pitcher of water on the counter).

I also try to get to Mommy Bootcamp (don’t let the name fool you) once a week.

David Moore · Designer

Rarely.

I would love to say that I run or swim every morning but alas I haven’t followed through on that quite yet. Exercise is usually an evening decompress activity for me. Although I’ve recently got into a spin class, and I could totally see adding it to my morning routine. It snaps you up!

Steve Kamb · Founder of Nerd Fitness

I have a regular workout routine, but my morning involves some basic mobility work to improve my flexibility and mobility: sitting in a squat, neck and joint rolls, forward bends, downward dogs, and a few other poses.

Cara Stawicki · Rower

I follow my team’s training program, which means I work out almost every morning on the Concept2 ergometer (indoor rower) or on the water.

We’ve had a really mild winter in Philly this year so we’ve been able to row almost every day. In terms of the actual workout, I do whatever’s on the program. Morning workouts are generally about two hours and vary in intensity depending on the time of year.

Cameron Russell · Model, Cultural Activist

I like to make space for myself before work.

Whenever possible I’ll try to have an intellectual or physical adventure before my workday starts. The few times that I’ve ended up running on a treadmill or gone to spin class I’ve just thought it’s so much more exciting to spend this energy and time biking or running through the city.

There is so much freedom when you realize your own body, without a car or subway or bus, can you get you someplace far away from where you started.

Morgan Jaldon · Marathon Runner

On weekdays, I do my best to catch a 6 or 7:00am SoulCycle class (a 45 minute spin class).

If it’s the weekend, I do my long runs, which usually consist of something over eight miles. I like to drive far away from home, at least thirty minutes away, for my long runs. I like to get away for them. I like to change the scenery, explore new trails, and literally get lost running. It’s the best.

Jessica Walsh · Designer, Art Director

I go through phases. Some months I’ll work out like crazy, two hours each morning. Other months I’m super lazy and do nothing. I have a very black and white personality like that!

Lisa Congdon · Fine Artist, Illustrator

I like to mix up my workouts, and so some mornings I go swimming, some I run outside, and some I go to the gym and run on the treadmill.

What I do for my workout depends on the weather (Portland gets both very hot and very cold), and whether I’m training for something. Right now I’m training for a 10K so I am running a lot. But it’s pretty cold in the morning (today it was 26 degrees Fahrenheit when I woke up, which is -3 degrees Celsius), so sometimes I wait to run before lunch when it’s warmed up a little.

I’m regimented about working out regularly, but not about what form of exercise I do on what days. I am pretty loose that way and decide day to day what I feel like doing. The important thing is to move my body!

Rand Fishkin · Founder of Moz

Yes. I’m mostly doing physical therapy types of exercise for my back: leg lifts, planks, etc. I also try to run stairs at home to get a head start on my Fitbit step count.

I try to do pushups and pullups as well (alternating days), but on the road, pullup options are very hard to find.

Courtney Carver · Writer, Photographer

If it’s not too cold, and it’s light enough outside, I include walking outside as part of my morning routine.

This time of year, I move it to the gym and walk on the treadmill or the elliptical for thirty minutes. It’s not crazy calorie burning stuff, but enough to really wake me up without coffee.

Gregg Carey · Entrepreneur, Survivor Contestant

Yes. I’m a fan of high intensity workouts. I’ve done stints at CrossFit, which I’ve loved. I’ve gone for long runs while training for a marathon. A ten-mile run in the summer followed by a cold shower is ten times as good as any cup of coffee.

Right now, I’ve been travelling for work so I’ve had to adapt a bit. I’m doing 100 burpees in 10 minutes. It’s brutal until it’s over. Then, it feels like my blood cells are on roller skates throughout the day.

Danielle Buonaiuto · Soprano

​No. I wish I could motivate myself to run early in the morning, but if nights are late, my need for a full 7 or 8 hours trumps a morning workout: my voice will suffer, otherwise.

I fit in yoga and running when I can. On my days off, I do long runs or hikes, and lots of stretching. On work days, I usually end up doing some yoga at home at the end of my day.

Elizabeth Royal · Street Style, Fashion Photographer

I’ve been doing pilates a lot this year, though it changes from year to year based on where I live and what’s accessible to me. When I lived in Colorado, mountain biking was a huge part of my life, and when I lived in Michigan I ran.

Pilates is great because it’s quiet and doesn’t disturb the neighbors in my apartment, and can be done inside because the air quality isn’t so great outside sometimes here in Seoul. When I turned thirty I made three goals for the next decade, and one of them was to work out every day to keep myself in shape as I aged. I’ve done pretty well sticking to it so far; I think it helps that I can see a huge difference in how I feel when I work out verses not working out, so I make a point to prioritize it.

Johnny FD · Entrepreneur, Frequent Traveler

Yes, but it’s more a light yoga routine than a heavy workout. I do a very light stretch first thing in the morning to get my joints moving. I usually do a few slow air squats all the way down to the floor and hold it for a few seconds to get my lower body muscles engaged. Then I do a few minutes of slow backstrokes in the air to loosen up my hunched forward shoulders from working on the computer too much.

I then take the stairs instead of the elevator and walk to work as a light workout and to fully wake up before starting my day. I save any intense workouts for the afternoon when my joints and muscles are properly lubricated and I can go all out with either Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, or a high intensity style workout.

Crystal Paine · Author, Speaker

Yes. I typically try to jog on the treadmill in our garage for at least 10-20 minutes each morning. This changes, depending on my current health goals.

There have been times in the past when I did P90X or was training for a race, but right now I am happy with my jog. It is very doable, it gets my heart pumping, and it makes me feel refreshed and ready for the day ahead.

Wesley Verhoeve · Photographer

Yes. It’s very basic. Push ups, planks, dips, and some complimentary things. My focus is health, not so much getting bigger.

Louisa Rogers · Business Trainer, Writer

In Eureka, three mornings a week I walk ten minutes to a nearby gym, where I take a dance cardio class. In Guanajuato, twice a week I go to a pilates class after meditation, and on days when I don’t meditate, a friend and I hike in the hills that circle our city.

In both towns I do just about everything on foot; my goal is to have reached my daily minimum of 10,000 paces on my pedometer before noon. Everything else is icing on the cake. During the day, I might swim, ride my bicycle, go out on the bay on my stand-up paddleboard, and a bunch of other physical activities, but rarely first thing in the morning.

Carrie Melissa Jones · Writer, Community Builder

Hell no. I used to do a lot of Bikram Yoga at 5:00am. I used to run obsessively before dawn. I used to do workouts by Jillian Michaels at 6:30am in my bedroom in San Francisco. None of that was good for me emotionally. It was just more self-punishment and guilt-inducing behavior. That’s not what exercise is about. It’s not something you should guilt yourself into. It’s a healing thing.

I throw a little exercise into every day now, nothing I can become obsessed with. I walk my dog five times per day (he has a small bladder!). I dance. I hike a lot. I don’t have to go check off an “exercise” box in the morning anymore. I have other priorities right now.

Yuko Shimizu · Japanese Illustrator, Educator

Two to three times a week I go running in the morning, right after I wake up and have a glass of water, before breakfast.

This routine is new for me. I’ve been doing it for about a year now. I tried various different workout routines, but it was hard to keep them up. Also, because I am a freelancer, and my schedule can shift from day to day, I wanted something that has a lot of room for schedule changes, and that won’t take up too much of my time. When it’s too much work, I know I am not going to stick with it.

So, I run when I can, when I feel like it. I usually run for two miles or less, so for a maximum of fifteen minutes or so. Minimum twice a week, usually three times a week. It’s nice to sweat from the top of my head and get my heart rate going. It’s a good wake up call.

Andre D. Wagner · Photographer

Two or three times out of the week I’ll ride my bike to Prospect Park and do a lap or two. It’s great because there aren’t many people out yet, and the park is pretty quiet. My favorite is in the fall when we start to get that brisk morning air; the ride is so refreshing.

Jessica Dang · Minimalist, Self-Declared Vagabond

I did the 7-Minute Workout every day for a year. That’s 365 days in a row, even when I was travelling. It added a bit of time to my routine, but I found it was worth it as it got my blood pumping and boosted my mood.

A good long stretch or a couple of sun salutations help as well to energise my muscles and get me ready to face the day.

Sara Rosso · Director of Marketing at Automattic

I definitely prefer to work out in the mornings vs. the evenings as I find it’s something that is easy to put off and reschedule if you aren’t careful. And you can enjoy the endorphins more during the day - sometimes working out in the evenings actually made it harder for me to sleep!

If I can’t get to the gym I sometimes do the 7-Minute Workout which hits all of your muscle groups.

Laura Vanderkam · Author, Parent

No. I’ve tried to do a morning running routine in the past, and I do love being up and running early. I’ll do that on weekends sometimes. My running buddy and I put in 8-11 miles on a river trail nearby starting at 7:00am.

Those are awesome mornings. But during the week I’ve found it’s really best for my family’s schedule if I run in the afternoon. That’s when I need a break, and since I work from home, it doesn’t matter if I’m sweaty.

Tammy Strobel · Writer, Photographer

I used to have a morning workout routine and I miss it. Now, I exercise later in the morning (around 10:00am).

I’ll go for a long hike in the park and dictate articles into my iPhone. I have a hard time sitting still during the day and my best writing and work ideas come to me when I’m walking in the park or doing laps in the pool. I love swimming laps and try to do that at noon or in the evening. Sadly, I don’t have access to a year-round pool, so I take advantage of lap swim times during the summer.

Nathan Kontny · CEO of Highrise, Parent

Almost every morning I’ll try and do something.

I’ll run along Chicago’s Lakefront all year round (only snow and ice keep me from it), or I’ll visit a nearby gym, or most often do something from Tony Horton. I love the P90X brand of workouts. the most recent, P90X3, are just thirty minute workouts. Not a lot of excuses in your way of getting a good workout in when it’s all laid out in thirty minutes.

Claire Díaz-Ortiz · Author, Speaker, Early Twitter Employee

I’m a (slow) runner.

I used to do marathons, but honestly the thought of that these days makes me want to take a big nap curled up next to a Bravo reality show. Every weekday I take my daughter out in the jogging stroller and we go running, and then we finish with a long walk in our quiet neighborhood and some swinging at the park. We have a number of swing-sets in our neighborhood and the trick is trying to distract her when we pass one early in the run and it’s not swing time, because she freaks out – it’s as if I am literally prying the swing from the clutches of her sticky little hands.

Ivanka Trump · Real Estate Executive, Parent

When I’m in town, I like to work out at the gym in my building. My trainer, Peter Monge, put together a workout program for me — he also put together a similar program exclusively for my readers that I do with him once a week. The other days, I go through it on my own and in the hotel gym when I travel.

Mattan Griffel · CEO of One Month, Forbes’ 30 Under 30

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I go to the gym in the morning after my morning routine. My workout program is very simple – I do starting strength which means just three exercises each day: squats, deadlifts, and either military press or bench press every other day.

I’m also trying to add swimming into my workout routine, on Tuesdays and Thursdays for now. I’m not a fan of running but my current workout routine doesn’t have much cardio so I feel like swimming is a good compromise.

Mike Vardy · Founder of Productivityist

When I work out, I tend to do it at around midday so that I have enough energy to make it through the rest of the afternoon and evening, when I’m inclined to be most creative.

Fanny Moizant · Co-Founder of Vestiaire Collective

I would love to be more athletic than I really am. I try to do some quick exercises three or four times a week. I’m a squat addict and love to stretch like a cat to start my day.

My walk to and from work is my main workout. It relaxes me in addition to providing a steady exercise routine.

Jenny Blake · Author, Yoga Fanatic

Working out is my reward later in the day. I work very diligently and focused from 10:00am to about 3:00pm, then I head out for a walk, yoga and/or pilates class.

I don’t schedule calls after 3:00pm, because I am useless at that hour! I tell clients that they wouldn’t even want to work with me at that time — I turn into a zombie. To ensure I give them my best energy and most strategic thinking, I schedule all calls between 11-3:00pm.

Once I leave for the day to work out, I am done. I do not plan to return to work.

After working out, I spend the rest of the evening at dinner with friends or starting my wind-down. I try not to check email after dinner (otherwise it might make me anxious before bed, which I don’t want), and don’t even really respond to email once I have left for the day in the afternoon.

Grace Bonney · Founder of Design*Sponge

Never. I’m one of those people who really hates working out. Like, a lot. It’s catching up to me now that I’m approaching my mid-thirties, but I always tell myself that my brain is always working so hard during the day so my body shouldn’t have to. I know, it’s terrible logic.

Ben Brooks · Tech Writer, iOS Project Manager

I have tried many times to establish a workout routine at any time during the day, but nothing sticks for me. My morning workout is walking to the other end of the house for breakfast.

Eli Trier · Illustrator, Writer

I love yoga and try to squeeze in a bit of that as often as I can – I haven’t been very good at making it a habit recently, although I’d like to.

I used to do 45 minutes of yoga practice every morning, and it made me feel incredible. I stopped doing it so often when I started running last year, but I sprained my ankle a couple of months ago so had to put the running on pause as well. It’s been frustrating.

To be honest, though, I’m not as good at exercising as I’d like to be, although I do tend to stop work and have dancing breaks throughout the day!

Chris Baker · Art Dealer, Runs Nutritional Company

I head to the gym every morning.

Working out first thing in the morning is crucial. You are fully in control of the outcome and results, and it sets the tone for the rest of the day. I’ve never spent longer than an hour in the gym. If you are in the gym longer than an hour, you are working out the mirror more than you body (the exception, of course, is training for long distance events).

I stick to high-intensity, explosive interval training, like Plyometrics. This involves a lot of muscle confusion, so the mind and body are always tuned in with what’s going on, opposed to doing the same exercises over and over, which leads to little to no results.

I think I have over 42 exercise sheets which I randomly pick every morning, and I just get stuck into that. I was pretty burned out after college, so I didn’t work out for six months, during which time I lost about five inches of muscle on each leg. It was pretty scary. However, it is great to be a back up to nearly full strength. Working out is continuous; you just don’t do it from time to time. As Nike says, “just do it.”

Caroline Leon · Life Coach

I do at least three workouts a week, but I actually prefer to work out later in the day as it gets me moving after I’ve inevitably spent too many hours in front of the computer.

I guess you could call my morning walk plus a short yoga practice a workout routine, but I tend to think of a workout as being those sessions that leave me dripping in sweat and gasping for breath. Those always take place later in the day.

Nichole Powell · Photographer, Writer

I try to! I love being able to work out first thing in the morning, though that’s sometimes hard to maintain when traveling.

My favorite morning workouts are the really physical ones, like rock climbing, surfing, or a challenging run. I like feeling as though I’ve pushed myself and accomplished something early on in the day. That way, even if something somehow goes horribly wrong, I can think back and say, “Yeah, but at least I was able to climb that really hard route this morning.” That’s a good feeling to be able to hold onto.

The easiest consistent travel workout is probably running. I got injured after running a half marathon earlier this year, so I’ve been easing back into it, but I’m looking forward to getting up to longer distances again. There’s no better way to get your bearings in a new place than to cover a few miles on foot.

Oleksandr Kosovan · Founder, CEO of MacPaw

A couple of years ago when I worked at night and slept during the day I realized that it wasn’t a routine I wanted. I experienced some health issues and was looking for a radical solution.

I started training in Kyokushin, a style of full contact karate which is rooted in a philosophy of self-control, hard training, and discipline. It’s a sport that teaches endurance and strength, virtues that are vitally important in business.

Courtney Boyd Myers · Founder, Audience.io

I love to work out in the morning so I only have to shower once a day, which seems more efficient. But every day is different depending on meetings and dinner plans.

When I do work out in the morning, I love swimming, yoga, or just playing in the gym with weights. But really, I prefer to count a good romp in the sack as a morning workout routine.

Austin Kleon · New York Times Bestselling Author, Artist

Yeah, we take a three-mile walk around our neighborhood every morning. We almost never miss this, and I consider it the most important part of my day.

I don’t take morning meetings or go to morning meet ups or whatever because it would mean I’d miss a walk.

Ian Sarachan · Soccer Coach, Wisconsin Badgers and U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team

Yes! Having played soccer (football) at a pretty high level my entire life, strength coaches have always been there to give me my routines.

I became very close with my coach from college and to this day he sends me 4-6 week plans. It’s great, and fuels me with a little extra motivation knowing he gave it to me. I think people like to be pushed; and having a clear idea of what to do in the gym allows them to get better results, regardless of their goals.

Dan Counsell · Parent, Founder of Realmac Software

No, but I do have a weekly routine for exercise. Squash on a Monday evening, swimming on Wednesday morning, and a run on Friday, before or after work.

I’d like to exercise five days a week, but it’s hard fitting it in between family and work.

Andy Hayes · Tea Seller, Creative Web Producer

For a while I worked with a trainer for about an hour in the morning. I liked the fact that I got my daily workout out of the way (I try to get at least an hour of exercise every day to combat working at a desk) but having to leave the house and go to the gym that early interfered with my internal morning practices.

Now I prefer a midday workout which makes for a good break to refuel my creativity.

Ryan Holiday · Bestselling Author, Writer

I tend to work out in the afternoon—usually sometime between 2-4:00pm.

I’ll run on the lake in Austin, or swim in Barton Springs. If it’s a CrossFit day, I’ll go to the early evening class. When I travel though, my schedule is not as much in my control so I go for a long run in the morning, say from 7:00-8:00am or 8:00-9:00am, and then start the day knowing that however it turns out, at least I got a run in.

Kyle Legg · Web and Graphic Print Designer

Some will not count this as a workout of any sort, but I walk the hills (read: mountains) of San Francisco for a total of two miles (a mile and a half to the nearest underground Muni Station, and about half a mile from the Muni stop to my office).

Jordan Bishop · Canadian Entrepreneur

I don’t have a morning workout routine. I used to have a pretty intensive pushup routine that I’d do each morning - increasing the number of pushups I did every day by 10% over the previous day - but when the number got to around 800 per day it became difficult to continue.

Abby Stewart · Teacher, Writer, Fun-Raiser

Nope, well, unless you count walking to work. I usually do yoga in the afternoons, directly after work. I am trying to integrate meditation into my mornings, but for now The Office will suffice.

Nova Rella · Early Riser, Lone Wolf

I don’t work out in the morning. I think I would enjoy it but I really like my quiet creative time as well… I’d have to either give that up or get up at a ridiculous hour to fit working out in there too.

Heather Wardell · Author of Fifteen Novels

I do my workouts after lunch because I find I need a boost of energy then and a workout fits the bill. I’m lucky enough to have near-total control over my schedule so I take advantage of it.

I often do at least some of my morning writing session on my treadmill desk (a board laid across the treadmill arms holds my keyboard, and my monitor’s atop a bookshelf in front of me), so that gives me a bit of morning exercise.

Clare Herbert · Irish Freelance Writer

My brain is sharpest in the morning, so I tend to write then. My workouts usually coincide with my afternoon slump at about 3:00pm. I love yoga, running and long, meandering walks.

Gray Miller · Grandparent, Writer, Speaker

I actually really hate yoga, but I’m at an age where that’s what my body needs. Trying out programs like Dirty Yoga helped me work out a mostly-happy medium between “I’m bored” and “I’m feeling good.”

I will occasionally mix up the yoga routines, and I’d like to get back to doing T’ai Chi, but I don’t do any strenuous exercise in the morning; it’s all about the stretching.

Marjolein Verbeek · Project Manager, Business IT and Management Student

No, unfortunately not.

When I still lived with my parents I had a car which I used to drive to campus and back every day. Two or three times a week I would go to the pool before class to swim some laps; I loved it! Unfortunately when I moved closer to campus I moved further away from the swimming pool, and I can’t bike there (us Dutchies bike everywhere!) or take the bus and be back in time any more.

Patrik Ward · Designer, Storyteller

I like to do cardio in the morning after I’ve read through my news and gotten some work done on my projects to help me switch gears. Thirty minutes on the treadmill, elliptical or recumbent bike is enough to make me feel energized and ready for the rest of my day.

Sam O’Neill · Student, Part-Time Lifeguard

No. I live a fairly active lifestyle, working in my local leisure centre as a lifeguard and recreational assistant – but I don’t really do as much exercise as I should.

Being a student means I’m always busy with college, work, or socialising – but I’m hoping to increase my amount of regular exercise.

Candace Bryan · Editor, Azula.com

No, but I always go on a run in the mid afternoon.

Working out in the morning is better for me because if I get stiff from sitting all morning, I can get loose again. Plus, I lose focus around 2:00pm no matter what, so it’s good for my endurance.

Jered Benoit · Parent, Marathoner, CrossFit Coach

I CrossFit at least three days a week and lift heavy things as fast as I can, often in different combinations.

I used to be a runner, but the community that I get at the gym is so much better than running in the dark by myself. On days I don’t work out I should be stretching, but I’m often too sore to do anything and usually end up dorking around on the internet instead.

Brett Martin · Entrepreneur, Sailor, Surfer

I prefer circuit training to heavy lifting generally, especially in the morning. Forty minutes of pushups, sit-ups, jump squats, planks, and inclined pushups are a great way to get the blood moving.

On mornings where I don’t lift I’ll run down the West Side Highway to the bottom tip of Manhattan along the Hudson River. I stop for a quick stretch where the tourists congregate to take terrible pictures of the Statue of Liberty, then make my way back. It’s about five miles. I’m always impressed by the people that look like they’ve already been running for an hour or two by the time I get out there around 8:00am.

Back at my apartment I grab a quick stretch and shower. The latter needs to be quick since my girlfriend, my buddy from college, and his girlfriend all live in the same shoebox of an apartment in the West Village.

Declan Ferguson · Student, Social Media Manager

On the days I have off, I tend to go to the gym or on a short run around the Loch. But more often than not, I don’t get days off, so working out at night is key.

I’m a member of a 24-hour gym so I can happily work out at one in the morning if I so wish (hey, it’s still morning!).

Jane Reggievia Santoso · Writer, Coffee Drinker

When I was back in college yes. Not so much now, which makes me feel bad.

But I still force myself to do some workouts 2-3 times a week, but not in the mornings. It could be anything from dancing to doing some moves from particular YouTube channels. I do have a favorite workout channel!

Sahil Parikh · Parent, Web Entrepreneur, Author

Yes, twice a week I practice Krav Maga. The other days I go for a short run around my neighborhood.

Once the monsoons end, I am planning to start golf again – tee off at around 6:30am. The golf course is just beautiful then.

Merja Willock · Artist, Wanderer

I aim to do some sun salutations or a gentle walk around the neighborhood to get my energy flowing, but as my natural energy levels are low in the morning I leave more strenuous exercise for afternoons and early evening.

Emmanuelle Lambert · Yoga Teacher, Mentor

No, I can’t work out first thing in the morning for the life of me. Namely because I’m starving and I need time to wake up, physically and mentally! I tried but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

Emma Milligen · Animator, Art Geek, Vegan

My boyfriend and I enjoy a nice leisurely walk to work after breakfast (we work at the same place). I’m lucky enough to live in a woodsy area as well, so the walk is delightful and calming.

I then meet up with a coworker, and we head down to a nearby park to go for a run before work. It wakes me up, and gets those creative juices flowing!

Jared Taylor · Entrepreneur, Triathlete, Foodie

Yes! It depends on what I’m training for.

During triathlon season, I run or swim for 30-60 minutes. When I’m training for a half marathons, I alternate between short and long runs (20-90 minutes). I do a few pushups and curl ups afterwards, and always stretch.

Julian Summerhayes · Parent, Speaker, Former Lawyer

I’m lucky that none of my kids want to lie around doing the TV thing.

In the case of my middle daughter, she will (nicely) pester me to go out on a ride on our road bikes. Both of us are mad keen cyclists: we have ridden multiple stages of the Tour de France (not in the actual race but just ahead of it normally). I don’t do as many miles as I used to, but it’s enough to blow the cobwebs away and get the old ticker moving (I’m 45 having to compete with a fit 14 year old).

Lauren McCabe · Writer, Mermaid

I workout three times a week, usually running or attending a yoga class.

It’s interesting to wake up early in a city like New Orleans that operates on late nights, 24-hour bars, music into the wee hours of dawn. As I run through the French Quarter I watch the city make its wobbly way to bed, the late night revelers nodding to me as I fly past them. It is a ritual that resembles a changing of the guard, a hand off from the night owls to the morning birds in this strange liminal space where for a moment we meet. I love this.

Richard Boehmcke · Writer, Stage Director

If I have a day full of meetings I’ll either jog, jump rope, or do a big pushup/pull-up set before I leave the house. If I’m editing video all day, however, I’ll try to space it out so I have reason to get up and get moving. In the winter it’s just stuff I can do in my apartment, but in the summer I try to get out and soak up this beautiful city.

I take at least one 30 minute walk a day. Sometimes I’ll walk between all of my meetings which means miles of walking, and I’m okay with that.

Tenikca Gainey · Vegetarian Naturalista, Writer

Yes. I try to hit the gym no less than three mornings a week.

When I took a break from running, I was at the gym four days a week. Now that I have sustained a running injury I alternate weight training and stretching (like yoga) 4-5 days a week to stay fit.

Sarah Kathleen Peck · Writer, Designer, Long-Distance Swimmer

My workouts tend to be part of larger “sets” or structural rhythms, usually by season. I tend to focus on an event each season as my workout target – during the summer I’ll do some open water swimming and train more for swimming; sometimes I’ll train for a half-marathon or a run and focus on running workouts; other seasons I’ll focus on dancing. I like to think of my workout goals as 3-4 months out, and then I vary it by season. It’s probably the high school athlete in me – I’m so used to a Fall, Spring, and Summer sport, that I still live by it.

My morning workouts are usually dictated by the season, as well as the availability of what I want to do. Right now I’m doing a lot of new dance classes, and I tend to go to those in the late afternoon or evenings instead.

Paul Jarvis · Website Designer, Author

No, but if the mood strikes, I’ll do 5 sun salutations to get limbered up (to sit at my computer) or go for a light walk.

I don’t like working out first thing, I usually get more active later in the morning or just before dinner.

Robyn Devine · Founder of Nebraska Hats for Hope

HAHAHAHAHAHAH! If you count chasing after Owen while Zach showers and wrangling him into his clothes for the day, then I definitely do. Otherwise, my exercise comes from walking to and from the bus stop to work/home/school.

Patrick Kontschak · Developer, Bacon Addict

I used to. It was very rewarding and I would recommend working out in the morning to everyone. Unfortunately I did this routine during a slightly darker time in my life and lost interest in it, though I’ve been thinking of doing it again for quite some time.

Amit Sonawane · Reader, Writer, Devout Tea Drinker

For the purposes of the experiment, I’ve reduced my workout to very, very little effort. I do a few dozen pushups, sometimes combined with some squats, before showering. That’s about it. I love working out and when I do workout, mornings are my favorite time of the day for it.

Since moving to Chile, I have been walking a lot too. I walk everywhere during the day and also try to take a stroll in the morning or after dinner. I love walking and can walk for miles at a stretch.

Will Peach · Writer, Frequent Traveler

I’ve experimented with it sure. Back when I was in my best morning mode I did a little circuit routine that involved 4X1-minute circuits of squats, press-ups, dumbbell lifts, and planks. Definitely found that this gave me a big kick toward starting the day. Good to get a good early morning sweat on too.

Kashyapi · Meditation and Zen Teacher

Yoga. Sometimes prostrations too. When I’m in a warmer climate, by the ocean, I open water swim up to two kilometres daily. Sometimes a bike ride. Sometimes a mountain hike and a picnic breakfast at altitude. It all depends on where I am in the world, which shifts a lot.

Ian Hicken · British Expat in Asturias, Spain

Years of back problems have resulted in daily stretching and re-aligning my spine before I get up, a few minutes spent in bed doing this helps a lot. As for workouts, the intention is there but the mind is always elsewhere.

Shawn Mihalik · Author, Rock Climber

Yes, but I keep it simple. Every other day, and usually in a fasted state, I’ll do a bodyweight routine of a couple hundred push-ups, a few hundred squats, and a couple dozen pull-ups—of course, none of those are in single sets.

On the off days, I’ll either go for a run, practice some yoga or kickboxing, or do a quick core workout—whatever I feel like, really.

Andrew · Early Riser, Australian Francophile

I don’t have a workout routine as such. Prior to travelling this year my housemate was an amateur body builder who often competed. He’d be up at 4:00am for one of two workouts for the day, and then demolish a kilogram of fish for dinner.

After seeing the commitment required for the extremes, “working out” as such doesn’t appeal to me any more. In the morning I’m a-okay with going for a walk, a few pushups, and a bit of yoga. I think my fast metabolism allows me to not be too bothered about exercise.

Manuel Loigeret · French Developer and Yogi

Not really except a couple of stretches. I usually feel better working out later in the day. But sometime I just feel like it (essentially during summer) and I go run for half an hour.