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2006-04-28 10:01 AM

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Subject: Morning Grogginess?
This may be a strange question, but anytime I wake up before 9am my body feels incredibly groggy (I'm still a student if that helps explain the time). It seems to take at least a half hour to work out all of the cobwebs and actually feel sort of normal even walking around. If I'm stumbling straight to the shower, this is fine, but if I intend to workout, I feel like I have to putter around for 30 minutes until I can start the workout. Naturally this feels like a big waste of time to me, so I've been avoiding workouts in the morning where I have stuff going on early in the day. Unfortunately, now I have stuff going on throughout the day and I need to get in some morning workouts. Any suggestions to rid myself of grogginess? Thanks!


2006-04-28 10:05 AM
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Subject: RE: Morning Grogginess?
Eat a powerpar or glass of OJ something like that to get going....walk around for a block or two, and then stretch....then go at it.

I have the same feeling in the morning...
2006-04-28 10:08 AM
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Subject: RE: Morning Grogginess?
Consider going to bed earlier, and otherwise just do it and do it consistently. Don't try to wake up at 7AM twice a week and then sleep until 9:30 the other days. Your body will get used to it. Also, I'm not sure it's terrible to start your workout while you're a little groggy....
2006-04-28 10:13 AM
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Subject: RE: Morning Grogginess?
Get up a little earlier and get a light breakfast and read a book or magazine. This morning I read my chi running book for half an hour before going to the pool. I was more awake and don't feel like I wasted my time.
2006-04-28 10:14 AM
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Subject: RE: Morning Grogginess?
Like you, I can't get going in the morning. One thing that helps is my morning shower. This means that even if I am going to sweat or get dirty, I go ahead and shower. As a guy this only takes me about 5 minutes, but boy do I feel better.
2006-04-28 10:14 AM
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Subject: RE: Morning Grogginess?
MLJ - 2006-04-28 11:08 AM

Consider going to bed earlier, and otherwise just do it and do it consistently. Don't try to wake up at 7AM twice a week and then sleep until 9:30 the other days. Your body will get used to it. Also, I'm not sure it's terrible to start your workout while you're a little groggy....


I agree completely. A set schedule is the best way to do this. In college, it can be tough, believe me. But it's the best thing for you. I'm usually pretty out of it too when I first wake up, but I'm usually good by the time I brush teeth and shave. For me, it's more physically slow than mentally.


2006-04-28 10:16 AM
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Subject: RE: Morning Grogginess?
Get up at the same time every morning and read BT until it's time to work out or go to class. Smile
2006-04-28 11:20 AM
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Subject: RE: Morning Grogginess?

Some good advice here.  I'm not a morning person either, although most people think I am because I'm out the door at 5:30 and at my desk by 7.  It's all about just doing it and keeping to a good schedule.

I HAVE to be in bed by 10 or so, or I'm worthless the next morning.

I second the OJ/food suggestion, although I would have said have a cup of milk to get some protein and good sugars in you to get your brain going.

2006-04-28 6:07 PM
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Subject: RE: Morning Grogginess?
sod it! workout at night. i used to be religious and the type of church i went to encouraged morning quiet times but i was crap at them and fell asleep constantly. now i just accept i hate mornings and work out at a more humane time...ie when the clock hits double figures! i used to have a swim cap with a snoopy cartoon on that said early mornings would be ok if they started later! well said snoopy
2006-04-29 6:17 AM
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Subject: RE: Morning Grogginess?
sappho96 - 2006-04-28 4:07 PM

sod it! workout at night. i used to be religious and the type of church i went to encouraged morning quiet times but i was crap at them and fell asleep constantly. now i just accept i hate mornings and work out at a more humane time...ie when the clock hits double figures! i used to have a swim cap with a snoopy cartoon on that said early mornings would be ok if they started later! well said snoopy


I second that. I have a terrible time trying to get up in the morning and get going, so I do my working out at night. Certain things must be done during the day like cycling, but lifting or swimming is much easier for me at night. Now, I really should be getting to bed...
2006-04-29 8:08 PM
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Subject: RE: Morning Grogginess?
Hmmm... Excellent advice. The workout at night works for me most days, but I have a couple days a week where I have to do bike rides in the morning (due to pool schedule and working out with some friends at track). Riding while it's light out is dangerous enough and trainers are just incredibly boring.

I think I just need to suck it up and move myself to more of a set schedule with the occasional late night thrown in there. Ick. I'll try some OJ for a quick sugar fix - I think milk would make me puke. Thanks all!


2006-04-30 8:09 AM
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Subject: RE: Morning Grogginess?
I have the same feeling in the morning.

When I go down to walk my dog and I have to walk back up my stairs... my legs hurt and I feel out of breathe. It's like I have no fitness to speak of.

Then, give me an hour... and I feel fine.

Just gotta get my body moving.

Yea, and I do better workouts in the evening... vs. in the morning.

2006-04-30 9:08 AM
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Subject: RE: Morning Grogginess?
I have to have coffee first thing every morning prior to workout or anything else. It takes care of the grogginess and doesn't interfere with the workout.
2006-04-30 10:21 AM
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Subject: RE: Morning Grogginess?
I've noticed that how tired I am in the morning depends mostly on my diet. If I had a bad week i.e. lots of fast food, etc, i'll wake up feeling like crap. But if i'm eating healthy and especially not over eating then I'm wide awake in the morning.

I used to wake up 45mins earlier than I needed to and would just stand by the coffee maker falling asleep. Now I wake up pretty quick aslong as my diet is pretty good.
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