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!