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Change Is Good ... Especially When It Comes to Workouts

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Has the time change been hard for you? Man it is killing me! Now when I wake up (well when my kids wake me up), I feel like my morning is already over. I am usually awakened by 6:15 which gives me ample time to have coffee, make breakfasts, make the beds, get all of us dressed and head to the gym by 8.

Now we are rolling out of bed and it is 7:30 - making it impossible to get to the gym by 8 and sometimes even 9. I can't imagine how I would be doing if I had to be getting up at a certain time and then the time changed. I would have no chance! Especially since I can't get myself to Tivo my favorite shows and watch them later so I am up until at least 10:30 so I can see who gets kicked off American Idol, The Apprentice and The Biggest Loser!

If you are an early AM exerciser - early meaning like 5:00am - and you have successfully made it through the time change - you impress me! If you are struggling, like me, try going to bed earlier (do what I say not what I do!) and get back into the routine. If you just can't seem to do it (because Simon and Paula are too addicting to watch) remember that you do have an extra hour of daylight. You can go ahead and sleep in a little bit but only if you are going to make yourself get to it at night.

One good thing about changing up a routine is that it can force you out of your comfort zone. This can be a good thing. Your workouts need to vary if you want to truly see results. If you have been going to the same exercise class for the last year, but now because of the time change you are having a hard time getting to your class, you may just have to try a different class or two. You may not like them, may even hate them, but who knows you could really enjoy them and your body will be challenged in a different way. Even if it is only a week or two (because we all adjust to the time change at some point) it can be good for you to try something new.

Look at your schedule, check out the gym's schedule, and see what you can do to get yourself out of your comfort zone. Change is good - even if it is difficult.


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