Do you have a morning workout routine?

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John Zeratsky · Author, Designer

No. I have my best creative energy in the morning, so I’d rather use that time for writing or other work. Exercise is super important, but working out in the morning feels like a waste of those valuable early hours. Instead, I exercise in the late afternoon, when my brain is fried anyway and I’m ready for a break from sitting inside and looking at a screen.

Weekends are an exception. I practice yoga at a nearby studio on Saturday or Sunday mornings every weekend.

That said, I really love to walk, and I’ll often walk to my office or somewhere else in the morning. It’s a form of exercise, of course, but I don’t really think of walking as “working out.”

Kate Nafisi · Designer, Finisher

To be honest, I’m not as good at exercise as I’d like to be! Especially not in the morning. I like to move slowly.

At the moment I go for a midday or afternoon fifteen-minute walk in the forest to nurture my mythic imagination and connection to the land. While I walk I listen to The Hive Podcast—I love hearing psychologist and mythologist Sharon Backie speak about women’s connection to nature.

I’d like to incorporate some slow dancing or stretching into my morning routine soon. It will come in time, I’m sure. I was very inspired by the poetic movements of artist Miyoko Shida. A Zen Japanese dancer, she balances a feather on fifteen palm tree branches in a complex structure called “Sanddorn Balance.” Stunning.

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Wilf Richards · Coop Co-Founder

Yes, though I don’t do it every day. The meditation is really important for me to do every day, but the workout varies.

My default workout is using the 7 Minute Workout app, which has a few options on it. I start with their stretches/yoga moves, and then if I’m up for it I move on to their 30 day challenge programme, or a full body workout programme. Sometimes I have had a full-on physical day on the smallholding the day before, so the morning after might be stretches only. If I have an admin day then I am more likely to include the full body workout. It’s only about ten minutes but it gets the heart going and hurts a bit. I also do some aspect of the workout for five minutes after every 45-50 minutes of laptop work if it’s an admin day. That keeps the brain and body balanced.

Josh Gross · Founding Partner at Planetary

Not really, beyond the spin class on Friday mornings that I introduced last year.

Since trying that, though, I’ve found it was actually a great way to start the day. I’m probably going to pick up some variation of that again. I’m also considering taking an early morning run with the dog, which would get both her and me out for some early exercise.

Melissa Clark · New York Times Food Writer

Yoga! I do twenty minutes of restorative yoga three times a year. And on days when I don’t walk my daughter to school (Mondays, Wednesdays, and either Fridays or Saturdays) I go running. Sometimes I take a mat pilates class, but that’s not part of the morning routine.

Paul Murphy · Third Grade Teacher

Not during the school year’s workweek. I sometimes work out in the morning on weekends and during summer vacation, but I never set an alarm to do so. My morning workout consists of sleeping as late as I want, getting out of bed, and then, if I feel like it, going for a jog or heading to the treadmill at the gym. I think once I’m retired I’ll do this more often, but I’ll never sacrifice sleep for exercise. That seems like robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Denise Lee · Founder of Alala

Yes. Recently I’ve been going to Liftonic, which is a weight-based workout. It’s kind of like going to see a personal trainer every day but in a group setting. I like how the class is challenging but sustainable enough for me to go almost every day.

I also love the sculpt and trampoline classes at The Ness.

Amy Nelson · CEO of The Riveter

Yep! We have a treadmill in our basement. I am currently in my third trimester of my fourth pregnancy and am solidly in the walking camp, but until six weeks ago I was still running. I spent a few months falling in love with the Peloton running app and decided over the holidays to invest in the new Peloton treadmill. I love that I can take classes that range from twenty to sixty minutes, so there’s always time for something.

Rick Smith · Founder and CEO, Axon

Yes, I focus on high-intensity interval training.

For each body part, I start with a set of one hundred reps at a low weight. This warms up my joints and gets my heart rate over 120. Then I take a one-minute break, followed by a heavy set of the same exercise to muscle failure. I then cut the weight in half and continue the same exercise to muscle failure again. That is followed by a one-minute break. Then I do another heavy set of a different exercise on the same body part to failure, cut the weight in half and continue to failure again. Then onto another body part, starting with one hundred reps, and repeating that until I get three body parts completed.

So, to recap, for each body part:

  • One hundred reps
  • One-minute break
  • Heavy set (6-10 reps) to failure
  • Cut weight 50 percent and continue to failure
  • One-minute break
  • New exercise, same body part
  • Heavy set (6-10 reps) to failure
  • Cut weight 50 percent and continue to failure

I can complete the above routine and get a great workout in about thirty minutes. Some days, I supplement it with twenty minutes on my stationary bike—usually if I’m working from home in the morning.

Carly Stein · Founder of Beekeeper’s Naturals

Yes, I do. I either do a Barry’s Bootcamp class, go running, take a yoga class, or spin. I like to mix it up and do whatever feels most beneficial to my body in the moment. But the most important thing is that I move first thing in the morning—it’s non-negotiable.

Shirley Meerson · Wellness Coach

I call exercise movement, and I add it into my day at different moments throughout the day. I walk everywhere for errands, which clocks in a good number of steps per day, and if I’m on a project this can also require a lot of walking.

If you benchmark with the standard goal of 10,000 steps per day theory, simple errands will get you toward a third of this. Aside from walking I also do qigong stretching, and I’m a big believer in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). On occasions when I do hit the gym, I tend toward the treadmill and free weights.

Hayley Leibson · Serial Entrepreneur

Yes, I try to do CorePower Yoga every morning. I usually take a class for experienced yoga practitioners which “turns stress into sweat” through challenging postures and an energizing playlist. The room is set at 98 degrees (Fahrenheit) and has added humidity. The first few hot yoga classes I took were extremely difficult, but over time, I got used to the heat and I’ve come to really enjoy it.

Sometimes I’ll take a Yoga Sculpt class, which adds free weights to the sequencing and mixes in more strength-training moves like squats, lunges, and bicep curls. Starting this spring, I’ll actually be teaching CorePower Yoga classes on weekend mornings in San Francisco!

Sarah Morgan · Digital Strategist

I spent nine years training and teaching aerial silks, so that often included a 10:00 or 11:00am class. But I’ve recently retired from teaching, so now my go-to workout is using the Sworkit app at home.

I prefer to work out at the end of the day to make a definite transition from business to personal time. Plus, my boyfriend comes home around that time, so when I’m not feeling it we can get each other motivated.

Sam Crawford · Blogger, The Man Blueprint

Most of the time I just go for a forty-five-minute walk to get some fresh air and get my steps in.

Sometimes I do a proper workout. It’ll either be a push workout (bench press, weighted dips, etc.) or a pull workout (deadlifts, squats, pull-ups, etc.). Getting some form of exercise in before the morning gets away from me is such a rush, and I feel like my work benefits from it big time.

Jean Chatzky · Financial Editor, The Today Show

Yes. I try to put on my exercise clothes first thing, and I don’t get out of them until I’ve exercised. (If I’m traveling for work, I may even sleep in them to make things easier in the morning.) On the occasional day when conference calls back up, I may not take off those clothes and shower until after noon. But mostly, I go for an early run with my friend, Diane, who I’ve been running with for years.

I live near the Rockefeller Preserve in Westchester County, New York, which has miles and miles of running trails. I credit those trails with the fact that I’ve been running since high school and my knees are still in good shape.

Gideon Akande · Celebrity Fitness Trainer

I’m a big fan of morning cardio. It’s a great way to get the blood flowing and the mind focused. Additionally, it gives me my first “accomplishment” of the day. My go-to workout is a run or hike on my NordicTrack X22i. The workouts are curated by iFit trainers who virtually coach me through exotic locations across the world! I’ll grab my adjustable dumbbells for strength work if I’m feeling ambitious!

My advice for how to get started (and stick to) a morning workout is to get a good night’s rest. The less sleep you get, the easier it becomes to hit the snooze button. If you really hate mornings, go to bed in your workout gear. This way, you have no excuse but to get up and go. Lastly, remind yourself that if you get your workout out of the way in the morning, you’ll have the whole day to yourself and you won’t have to do it later.

Mara Schiavocampo · Emmy Award-Winning Journalist

Yes, I work out every morning. A day that doesn’t start with exercise is not a good day. I’ll feel sluggish and my muscles will get very tight. I’ll also be kind of blue all day, just in a funk. My body is accustomed to exercise and when I don’t get it, I feel off. I like to do classes because they push me really hard. The harder I sweat, the better I feel afterwards.

Josh LaJaunie · Runner

Yes, I usually run what’s on my training plan, then lots of body weight exercises.

I really like the idea of a race calendar dictating my daily activity, workout, and movement. It gives me a real sense of purpose instead of just trying to maintain my fitness. To me, we go forward or backward. There are only two choices. My race calendar and training plan keep me on fire for my daily “grind”—it’s just fun for me.

My day usually starts with an early five-or-six-mile run with varying degrees of difficulty, depending on the goal of the workout. (Am I breaking to be rebuilt or am I rebuilding/recovering today?) Then I move into the gym or find a tree limb or some other safe, sturdy place to do pull-ups. I do “nickels and dimes” (borrowed from David Goggins): five pull-ups, ten push-ups—usually at least five sets.

On days I don’t run there are more push-ups and pull-ups, the stair climber, swimming, yoga, and sauna time (at least one twenty-minute sauna session a week).

Lauren Berger · Founder of Intern Queen

I work out at around 4:30-5:00pm. I go to the gym (I’m a member at Crunch Fitness) for thirty minutes or do an hour-long dance class (hip-hop!). That said, when I randomly get in those morning workouts, they do feel good. I typically only do morning workouts when I’m traveling.

Sabrina Zohar · Co-Founder of Softwear

I try to work out three or four times a week, but I’m also human and acknowledge that that number ebbs and flows. There are weeks where I’m at a different class every day, meeting with new studio owners and growing Softwear one meeting a time; and then there are weeks where I haven’t punched a bag at all and really feel it!

I try to exercise not only for the physical benefits but for the mental ones as well. There’s nothing more rewarding than getting the aggravation out and seeing things a bit more clearly. If I can make it happen, I will; if I can’t, I acknowledge it and try again tomorrow.

Khajak Keledjian · Founder of Inscape

Twice a week I swap my yoga portion of the morning with rowing, cycling, or the elliptical. I enjoy switching exercises because each day you feel different and your energy is different. Flexibility in your routine leaves room for your mood and what you feel like experiencing.

Tara Hanrahan · Corporate Spa Director

On Tuesdays and Thursdays I do yoga. I meet my yoga teacher on the roof of my condo building and do yoga on the deck next to the pool. It’s lovely up there—fresh air, the wide expanse of sky, a few palm trees. This time of year (winter in Thailand), there are dragonflies and tiny swallows swooping around high in the sky and I love it—it’s quite a sacred time.

On Mondays and Fridays I go for a walk/jog in Lumpini Park, Bangkok’s version of Central Park, which is gorgeous! It’s an urban oasis—so many trees, a big lake in the center, and a two-and-a-half-kilometer jogging path. I do one or two laps, depending on how I feel. It is so special that time of the morning; you see so many people doing yoga and chi-gong, people practicing tai chi with large fans or wooden poles, groups of people sitting around having tea and chit-chatting. If you’re lucky (or unlucky!) you might see an eight-foot monitor lizard emerge from the lake, flicking its tongue and looking around.

Jules Clancy · Cookbook Author

Yes! Two sets of kettlebell swings (fifty swings to a set) and either a thirty- or sixty-minute walk. On Wednesdays I drive to a friend’s house and lift some weights with her and a group of friends.

Catherine Duc · Grammy-Nominated Composer

I exercise later in the day on weekends (yoga and walking). I also walk a lot each day—to the train station and office, during my lunch break, and also during the workday, as my company’s office is spread over two floors and the stairs are quicker than the elevators.

Robert Greene · Author

I exercised every day before the stroke; sometimes in the afternoon after lunch I would go for a swim—I used to swim every third day—and then I would come home and do some more writing. Other days I would take a hike in the hills near where we live, or I would do a Pilates or yoga routine.

Prior to the stoke I also enjoyed going mountain biking in the park. I would exercise for an hour every day pretty religiously, either around 6:00pm or occasionally in the afternoon when I would go swimming. Exercise has been an extremely important part of my life for 30-40 years. I recognized early on that exercise is the best way for me to destress. It’s a bit like a drug that keeps me from taking things too seriously or getting too down on myself.

Nicole Gibbons · Interior Designer

Not at the moment. When I ran my old business, I used to do morning kettlebell workouts twice a week; since founding Clare, I haven’t been able to find the right balance. I always think of “the entrepreneur’s dilemma”: you can have work, sleep, family, fitness, or friends, but you can’t have them all—there’s only room for three. I’ve chosen to prioritize my company, sleep, and loved ones.

Sam Conniff Allende · Serial Entrepreneur

I like to run or walk in the morning. Gyms in the early morning are full of bright people doing brightly lit things, which no one should be exposed to before at least a dozen cups of tea! I might get up early, but in a private sort of way. People who get up at dawn and make a big deal about it are not to be trusted.

Sabrina Hall · Multidisciplinary Designer

I do! I start my gym routine with dynamic stretching, which includes lunges, hip stretches, and high kicks. From there, I run five kilometers on the treadmill. Over the past few months I have decreased my time from a fourteen-minute mile to a twelve-and-a-half-minute mile, which I am very proud of, having not been a lifelong runner. I then wrap up the routine with a round of weights for about fifteen minutes.

Each day I switch up the area of focus with the weights, working on my back, legs, and arms throughout the week.

Dempsey Marks · Personal Trainer

I love working out in the morning. As someone who works in fitness, I find it starts my day off on the right foot. I have more energy, my mood is elevated, and I tend to make healthier decisions food-wise.

Most days I work out before 9:30am. The specific times vary a bit depending on what I have going on that day (I have personal training clients, appointments, etc). I’ll go for a run, lift at the gym, or take a class at Training Mate (my favorite gym in Los Angeles). If I’m having a recovery/rest day, I’ll start my day with a morning walk. Movement is so important for helping me to clear my mind and set the tone for a positive and productive day.

Zara Terez Tisch · Co-Founder of Terez

Not really, I try to squeeze in a Pilates session or spin class when I can, but again, I reference my three kids and three pups! I love horses, and my daughter does too—she calls them naynays. During the summer, I love to start my morning horseback riding.

Professor M.S. Rao · International Leadership Guru

I don’t have a bicycle or a car, so I walk thirty minutes to the gym to work out. I do a heavy workout for an hour, as I am basically a fitness freak. I started going to the gym when I was fifteen years old with the dream of joining the Indian Air Force and serving my nation. I was passionate about serving my nation, and in the armed forces physical fitness is essential. I was underweight with an asthma problem, but I gradually overcame my health issues and achieved physical fitness. I joined the Indian Air Force when I was nineteen years old. I loved the life of wearing a uniform and serving my nation—it is an honor to serve one’s country.

While working out, I talk to one or two people and try to inspire them by identifying their personality traits. After my workout, I read the newspaper for 10-15 minutes in the gym. I then walk back home. That means I work out for an hour and walk for an hour every day. After I return home, I read another English newspaper and jot down any important points I can use in the articles I write to inspire people globally.

I have the practice of carrying my pen and paper wherever I go. I get lots of ideas and I capture them immediately by writing them down on paper. I transfer those ideas onto my laptop to take them forward for further action. I am very ruthless in the execution of my ideas.

Dr. Anthony Youn · Plastic Surgeon

Only when I’m performing liposuction or a big surgery! I admire people who have the drive to get up super early and exercise. I like my sleep too much. I tend to exercise in the evenings around 8:00pm instead. This has always worked better for me.

Danette May · Health and Mindfulness Expert

This fluctuates with the seasons. I love to run in the mountains, so in the summer months I hit the trails around 6:00am, as it is already light and I can beat the summer heat. In the winter, I tend to wait until the afternoon to work out. This typically happens before the kids get home from school.

I have no rules when I work out, except that I squeeze my workout in every day wherever I can, depending on my schedule and the time of year.

Jamie Melzer · Fruit Jerky Entrepreneur

It varies from day to day, but I try to do some type of movement in the morning at least five days a week. I’ve been running outdoors lately, but I also love SoulCycle, yoga, and barre to mix things up. Even when I can’t fit in a full workout, I try to squeeze in a quick walk in Central Park to clear my head and inhale some fresh air.

Suzanne Gibbs Howard · Dean of IDEO U

Morning exercise is important to me, but equally important is variety. I blend in indoor climbing, elliptical, a boot camp, and—every once in a while—yoga.

John Jantsch · Small Business Marketing Consultant

I’m usually working out by 7:00am. I rotate my workouts; here was last week’s (it was a good week):

Mon: 45-minutes weight training

Tue: Three-mile run

Wed: 45-minutes weight training

Thu: Cardio at the gym

Fri: Day off

Sat: Twelve-mile bike ride

Sun: Yoga

Jake Knapp · Productivity Author

I always try to do some kind of exercise in the morning. Usually it’s a thirty-minute run, but sometimes it might be a walk or a Pilates class (I know, it’s an embarrassing activity, but I’m really tall and it’s hard to keep good posture!). I’ve also been experimenting with those seven-minute workouts that are supposed to be so good, and I actually like those a lot, too.

What’s important is moving, ideally getting outside, and getting some endorphins going for the rest of the day.

Ashley Eckstein · Actress, Fangirl Trendsetter

My workouts vary depending on where I am. My husband and I love to do TRX, and I love to do hot yoga. There’s a great three-mile hike in our neighborhood with lots of hills that we like to run/walk, and I also enjoy doing interval sprints. If I’m not enjoying a class, I prefer to be working out outside. My husband was a professional athlete, so fitness is a big part of our regular routine.

Krista Suh · Activist, Screenwriter

I rely on my personal trainer for that. Sometimes we’ll work out in the morning, sometimes in the afternoon. I’m still trying to figure out the best time for me.

Working out in the afternoon is a great way to get out of that afternoon slump, but if I’m running around all over town, it’s nice to get it out of the way in the morning. I generally like having morning workouts better, and to be honest, that doesn’t really mess with the routine I outlined above. After a morning workout, I still go back to bed and write. My trainer Annie Uttaro and I get along so well that it doesn’t feel like I have to be “on” for her first thing in the morning.

During my workouts I typically do ten minutes on the elliptical to warm up (it feels easier to warm up on the elliptical rather than the treadmill), and then I’ll do some combination of free weights, boxing, HIIT training, TRX (the cables), etc. I find that taking “the easy way out” by hiring a trainer allows me to not spend all my willpower on forcing myself to work out which gives me more willpower to use elsewhere in life!

Ashley Turchin · Co-Founder of ANTHOM

I’m on my feet and walking most of the day, so I don’t pressure myself to work out every day. But I do love to work out, which ends up being around 2-3 days a week. I’ll go to the gym and let out all my stress on the elliptical, or run on the treadmill and then finish with some light weights and stretching.

Julien Smith · CEO of Breather, Author

Indeed I do. Three times a week I lift, which is to say, I lift super heavy weights at a specific gym, which is where a bunch of national-level powerlifters train. I do squats, bench, and weighted chin-ups. And then I do an accessory workout after that. I’m basically just lifting heavy things for forty-five minutes.

Ainsley Earhardt · Co-Host of Fox & Friends

I try to work out three times a week and attend various workout classes around the city after the show. Sometimes I’ll go to Equinox, Orange Theory, or Barry’s Bootcamp… I like to mix it up.

Mitch Joel · Founder of Six Pixels Group

I’m grappling with when to get in my exercise. It typically only happens when I have the time. I would like to get more serious about getting that out of the way in the morning, but I’m just not sure how to fit that in from a time perspective. I’m hoping to have a morning workout routine at some point.

Ali Bonar · Co-Founder of Kween

If I didn’t workout, I’d be a miserable person to be around. I hate every second while it’s actually happening but feel like a goddess afterwards, so I keep doing it.

Aubrey Marcus · CEO of Onnit

Other than my morning swim, I work out in the afternoon. That is typically when you are going to be the strongest, and have the most effective workout. Plus, it is something for me to look forward to and to help me destress after a long day.

Eliza Blank · Founder, CEO of The Sill

Sadly, no. I leave for work as early as 8:00 or 8:30am, so exercising in the morning would mean going to a 6:00am class, which I’m not cut out for. My husband can jump out of bed at 6:00am and go to a yoga or boxing class first thing, but I just don’t have it in me. I’m motivated on rare occasions in the summer, but I’m normally focused on walking a lot during the week and working out on the weekend.

Joel Gascoigne · Co-Founder and CEO of Buffer

Yes. Most of the time I do cardio (20-30 minutes of swimming or running) in the morning and strength training in the late afternoon or evening. Over the last few months I’ve developed a habit of going bouldering at an indoor climbing gym on Wednesday mornings and two other times during the week.

Julie Zhuo · VP of Product Design, Facebook

On most days I try to do a 10–15-minute workout on my elliptical first thing. I prefer working out at home because when you go to an actual gym you have the whole back and forth that takes an hour, an hour and a half, and that feels too overwhelming. The fact that it’s just 10-15 minutes makes it feel easy, so I try to keep the pressure low. If I were like, “Julie, do a thirty-minute workout,” I just wouldn’t do it. So I keep the bar low. It’s like brushing your teeth—it’s not a big event.

The other reason I really like it is that even though it’s a very small thing, by the time I wake up the kids, sit down, and have breakfast, I’ve already accomplished something. It’s a small victory in my day.

Vanessa Van Edwards · Behavioral Investigator

I wish I did, but I am an afternoon exerciser! At 5:00pm I go on a long hike with a friend, lift weights with a trainer, or attend a dance class. I have a rotation. My 5:00pm hike is sometimes my second hike of the day—I live on an urban forest in Portland, so I frequently take hikes when I cannot work out a creative or strategic problem.

Lior Arussy · CEO of Strativity

When travelling, I start the day with thirty minutes on the elliptical before the usual routine I mentioned above. I am not big on working out, so I need a lot of distraction. I need Netflix or some form of TV to distract me while I work out.

Brent Gleeson · Navy SEAL Veteran

Many years ago I transitioned my workout to lunchtime. I used to love a rigorous workout in the morning. There is no better feeling than starting your day—when it’s still dark outside and most people are hitting snooze—with a long run or ocean swim. However, you can sometimes lose steam mid-afternoon. Midday workouts allow me to spend time with the family before work and stay energized during the second half of the day.

Whitney Johnson · Leading Management Thinker

No. It’s frustrating because I love playing tennis in the morning, but I’m so productive at that time that I’ve had to move tennis to the evening. On Fridays and Saturdays I treat myself and play tennis in the morning.

Corbett Barr · Independent Entrepreneur

My wife and I go for a slow jog once or twice a week instead of walking. Otherwise, I generally save my workout for later in the day when I need a break from work.

Grant Faulkner · Executive Director of NaNoWriMo

When I was younger, I loved to run in the morning, but now, alas, my knees won’t allow it, and my time is so limited and precious that I need to use that beautiful glow of morning time to write. I exercise on the weekends, and then I try to make it to the gym on one weekday morning each week.

Also, I just got a Fitbit, which encourages me to squeeze in a long walk during the day.

Kara Goldin · Founder of Hint Inc

Exercise is an essential part of my morning routine, and I can’t start my day without it. I go on a walk or run through the Marin hillside every day with my dogs. This is an aspect of my routine that I cannot sacrifice since it helps me feel centered and ready to take on any challenges the day may throw my way. Exercise is such an important part of my life that I like to start my day with it so I don’t have to worry about trying to fit it in later.

Kevin Warren · Chief Commercial Officer, Xerox

In the gym I focus on core work and strength building. I’m not a treadmill-inside-the-gym kind of guy, so I find other ways to get the cardio in. I track my steps maniacally, and I play singles tennis on the weekends.

Jing Wei · Illustrator

God, no. I can recall two times that I’ve worked out in the morning, and they were pretty painful.

Steven Heller · MFA Design Program Co-Chair, SVA

When I go to the gym, I do a bunch of machines. We all have to go to the gym. It’s necessary at a certain age. I use the stationary bike, pull-down bar, pull-up weights, and chest press. Most of the time, as noted, I walk to work.

Leigh Martinuzzi · Blogger, Podcaster

Yes, it is usually the very first thing I do, depending on the time the sun rises and any interrupting priorities. It includes either yoga or jogging for about thirty minutes. I also love to swim and try to get four swims in during the week. I currently swim in the afternoon, at around 1:00pm.

Melanie Elturk · Founder of Haute Hijab

I have a five-minute stretch routine I’ve been doing daily since I was nineteen years old due to chronic pain. When I don’t stretch, I don’t feel right the rest of the day. My stretches are super basic—they’re leg, arm, and core stretches performed on my carpet. I incorporate some pilates and yoga stretches as well.

Hilary Matheson · Ultrarunner, Climber

Only while traveling (when work necessitates it), or while planning a long run or big mountain objective. My preference is definitely to work out in the afternoon or early evening during the week, and I’m lucky that my schedule is flexible enough to accommodate that.

Hilary Matheson on a run

Jason Vo · Publisher

Any discipline I have in any area of my life, I’ve acquired from learning to lead an active lifestyle. I was a personal trainer years ago and often taught the importance of a morning workout routine. But because so much of my morning is taken up with the aforementioned rituals, I tend to work out later in the day, around 5:00 or 6:00pm.

Samir Becic · Fitness Expert

In the morning, I prefer doing my ReSYNC Method workout because it allows all my muscles to mobilize and prepares me mentally for the day ahead. I usually work out for 30-45 minutes in the morning, depending on my schedule for that day. The ReSync Method is simple - you use your own body and little else, so it really can be done anywhere and at any time. Every muscle can be trained by the body’s natural resistance, which makes this method a perfect option for anyone who doesn’t want to spend hours in the gym or invest in costly and heavy machines. I can adapt the method to fit my life and routine.

Christina Wayne · CEO of Assembly Entertainment

After dropping my daughter off at school, I go to either Equinox or Soul Cycle. I try to work out four or five days a week because when I don’t put in a good sweat I start to have saggy bits here and there and feel like poop. Since I started working out more than three days a week and taking supplements (vitamin C, probiotics, turmeric, etc.), I don’t get sick. I used to get colds and the flu, but no more. I even stopped getting the flu shot a few years ago because I just never get sick anymore.

Ritu Narayan · CEO of Zūm

No. I work out on and off, depending on the cycle of work. When I’m in an exercise phase, that’s the first thing I do. I love to do group exercises at the gym - bodypump, yoga, Pilates. Recently, a personal trainer has been coming once a week on the weekends. Group classes keep me motivated. I don’t like doing much on my own.

Josh Haynam · Co-Founder of Interact

I work out in the late afternoon. I prefer to leave my morning for work stuff and the afternoon for working out because I can deal with more distractions during a workout. I do have a workout routine, though: 1.3 hours of lifting weights and 0.7 hours of running four days a week, then yoga the other three days.

Meredith Laurence · The Blue Jean Chef

I prefer to work out in the morning, but my schedule doesn’t always allow for it. Because I start my workday as soon as I wake up, my favorite time to work out is around 8:00am or 9:00am, after I’ve gone through my email and the early-working gym rats have left the gym.

Dr. Roshini Raj · Gastroenterologist, Internist

Staying active is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body in balance. To avoid stress, I have identified a workout routine that fits into my lifestyle. I walk to and from my office each day, which gives me half an hour of cardio. In addition, either in the morning or evening, I do crunches and other ab exercises at the gym in my building, followed by 40 minutes on the elliptical machine.

Carolyn Feinstein · CMO, Dropbox

I try to get on our exercise bike every other morning, and I always get in a walk with my dog to start the day. To make our family’s morning schedule work, I need to be working out by 6:00am - which isn’t always possible - but I definitely feel better on the days that I get my workout in before starting my day.

Melanie Travis · CEO, Andie Swim

Aside from walking my dog and running around the city trying to build a company, I don’t really work out during the week. I make up for it on the weekends by playing a round or two of tennis and occasionally swinging by a SoulCycle or yoga class. I love playing sports - I was a college basketball player - but I loathe the gym and have no interest in joining one.

Todd Davis · Executive Vice President, FranklinCovey

I do when training for a marathon, which I’m just about to start again. It consists of running three mornings of the work week - usually Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday - for 3-6 miles depending on the training program for that day. I go for a much longer run of anywhere from 8-15 miles on Saturdays.

My wife and I just got bikes for our anniversary, so I plan to start riding during those weeks when I’m not training for a marathon. But I’m a big talker. That riding hasn’t happened yet.

Gail Saltz · Psychiatrist, Author

Two mornings a week I work out with a trainer I have worked with for many years. I do weight training and interval training for an hour, usually from 8:30am to 9:30am. Another two days a week I’ll often run in Central Park for a couple of miles. I have a family history of osteoporosis, so weight training is very important for my bone health and is definitely non-negotiable for me.

Sean Conlon · Real Estate Entrepreneur

Yes, a run along the Chicago lakefront, a yoga session, or a long hike when I’m in Malibu. There is nothing more beautiful and relaxing than being able to enjoy Malibu’s ocean views while working out. Any chance I have to be outside, I take.

Matthew Weatherley-White · Managing Director, The CAPROCK Group

My morning ritual almost always involves exercise, and I’m an omnivore when it comes to activity. Running, riding some form of bicycle (I own four, and they all wear the scars of heavy use), skiing, yoga, rock climbing, resistance training (in my super-cool garage gym), rowing (on an erg when I’m in Boise and on the water when I’m in one of the six cities where I am a member of a rowing club), or surfing. Just about anything will do, really, depending on the environment. I learned long ago that I just have to move my body, usually for at least an hour but sometimes all day, when I’m lucky.

Matthew Weatherley-White exercising on his way to work

Rick Popowitz · Serial Health Entrepreneur

Some light stretching. I’m sixty-one years young, and my body needs some movement to keep it in shape and healthy. In addition to stretching, I stand and walk around a lot. I’ve had an Apple Watch since it first came out, and I rely on the health app to monitor the metrics of my calories burned, steps taken, and time spent standing.

Allison Grayce · Designer, Parent

I used to cycle to and from work every day while living in the United Kingdom up until a few months ago. Cycling along the River Cam through the grazing cows really helped me clear my mind and mentally prep for the work day.

It’s not as easy to use cycling as your primary mode of transportation in the United States, and since I work from home, I’ve lost that precious part of my routine! I get my cycling fix on the weekends and find time to work out in the evenings now.

Jenny Blake · Author, Career/Business Strategist

Working out is my reward later in the day. I set aside my first work hours for high-priority tasks and strategic projects, then take calls or do podcast interviews in the middle of the day. I work very diligently and focused from 10:00am to about 3:00pm, then I head out for a walk, yoga, or pilates class. I often meet up with a friend for coffee or dinner as a combo with one of those activities, or afterward. My favorite way to catch-up with people is “walk and talks” which makes the conversation more engaging and has the added benefit of including exercise in social time.

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; my brain is too foggy. To ensure I give them my best energy and most strategic thinking, I schedule all calls between 11 and 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.

James P. Owen · Forty-Year Wall Street Veteran

I do some kind of physical activity seven days a week, but I try to take it a little easier on Sundays to give myself a day to recover.

As I get older, I’ve found that day of recovery has become more important. But I’m not one to sit around for long, so I do thirty minutes of walking outside, just to get the blood flowing, and thirty minutes of stretching later on in the day.

Tiffany Cruikshank · Yoga, Meditation, and Wellness Expert

I usually do my yoga practice sometime in the morning. It helps me feel better during my day and be more mentally efficient. I used to exercise to stay in shape, but now I move to feel good. That could mean working on sore areas, balancing a life of sitting at a computer or on a plane, or dealing with stress and tension.

Tammy Strobel · Writer, Photographer

Yes! I’m obsessed with CrossFit (see my response to the third question, above).

In addition to CrossFit, I love going for long hikes. While I walk, I dictate articles into my iPhone. I have a hard time sitting still during the day, and my best creative ideas emerge when I’m moving my body.

Hitha Palepu · Writer, Entrepreneur

I try to work out for 30-45 minutes every morning. We are lucky to have a home gym, which makes it much easier!

I rotate my workouts: A Peloton ride with a ten-minute arms sequence, a PlyoJam dance workout with ab workout from Aaptiv, a full-body strength workout from Aaptiv, or yoga (also from the Aaptiv app). If I get in one of each of these workouts every week, I feel strong and fulfilled.

Jillian Michaels · Health, Wellness, Fitness Expert

No. I squeeze in my workouts whenever I can. I think it’s so important to have portable, quick, and easy fitness solutions.

I created an app knowing that most people are simply strapped for time. They don’t have the luxury of choosing when they train or of planning all their meals. So, my app allows you to work out anywhere, whenever is convenient for you, and customizes the workouts based on your goals, timeframe, fitness level, and equipment you have available. Even the meal plans have simple, quick, easy recipes and grab-and-go options to ensure you can be successful no matter how busy you are.

Ravi Raman · Executive Career Coach

I tend to work out later in the day, in the early to late afternoon. This involves going to the gym (a mix of weights and cardio) or running 3-5 miles around my neighborhood. I’m a lifelong endurance athlete (I’ve completed many ultra-marathons and Ironman triathlons).

Right now I am not competing actively, so my exercise is geared toward what I enjoy. When I am actively training for a competition, I do more early morning workouts.

Simon Enever · Co-Founder of Quip

Wishful thinking! I very rarely get to the gym in the morning. I do, however, play in an American soccer league, which has always been an outlet for fitness and wellness for me. I think it’s important to incorporate physical activity into your schedule to clear the mind, but it is often the first thing sacrificed when busy.

Team sports are good because you can’t let the team down by not turning up. Unlike a solo activity like going to the gym or for a run, a team sport forces you to go (and you always end up enjoying it). With that said, I do try to go for a jog along the East River or Hudson on a Sunday evening around sunset. It’s a great way to cleanse away the weekend’s food and drink while settling the mind for the week ahead.

Mick Batyske · DJ, Parent

Yes, but it varies. It could be running a few miles outside; it could be HIIT at Orangetheory; or it could be strength training at S10, which is in Soho and is amazing. My wife usually goes to morning yoga, which I envy her for.

Matteo Franceschetti · Co-Founder, CEO of Eight

I go to the gym between three and four times per week, always in the morning. I follow a simple routine of cardio and weights. I go because it makes me feel great and energized, and it helps me sleep better, too. On the days when I can’t go because I have early morning meetings, I am more aware of my diet and sleep routine, and I’m especially aware of my caffeine intake!

Jamie Morea · Co-Founder of Hyperbiotics

I prefer to exercise later in the day, but I will often go for a stroll or a bike ride with my son after breakfast. He’s usually itching to leave the confines of our property, and the fresh air and sunshine do us both some good.

Caroline Burckle · U.S. Olympic Medalist Swimmer

My workout is typically a swim, a weight-training workout, or a run-interval workout. Right now, I am in a six-week “get fundamentally strong” block. This is what my week looks like:

Monday: Swimming long, aerobic sets.

Tuesday: Slow strength training, focusing on isolating glute muscles, etc.

Wednesday: Running intervals (descending miles and/or tempo-minute repeats), followed by a power-strength workout that consists of power cleans, plyometrics, and/or banded power exercises.

Thursday: Swimming involving lots of arms, as my legs are dead at this point (in essence, a recovery day).

Friday: Slow strength training (isolation) again and a short, five-to-six-mile trail run (easy and steady).

Saturday: Trail and/or flat running (long and smooth).

Sunday: Stretching, rolling, etc. (off day).

Mike Vardy · Founder of Productivityist

I try to get outside as early as I can, so sometimes I’ll do my reading out there if the weather cooperates. But 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.

Nikki Pechet · VP of Marketing, Thumbtack

Since my mornings are all about time with my kids, I mostly work out at other times during the week so I don’t miss them. Typically, this means a yoga class at my office Monday evenings (I work very late most Mondays, so yoga around 5:30pm is a great break before getting back to work), and a pilates class or two on the weekends.

As I mentioned, I’m also testing out a personal trainer one morning a week, which has been great.

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

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


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 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 versus 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.

Molli Sullivan · SoulCycle Instructor, Former Professional Dancer

I’m a SoulCycle (indoor cycling) instructor teaching morning classes (6, 7, or 8:00am) four times a week, with some late morning classes as well. If I’m not teaching, I will do some kind of strength training, stretching, yoga, or whatever my body is in need of that day!

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.

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.

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.

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 · Golf Player, Podcast Host

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 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,

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, 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 · Parent, Founder

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.

Patrick 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,

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.