I am a morning person. I love getting up at 5 A.M. However, I am NOT a night person. Not even an afternoon person, really. As I type this at 8:09 P.M., I’m seriously considering hitting the hay soon.
In the summer months, evenings aren’t too bad for me. After dinner, I’ve always got a little energy left to get me through to bedtime. But in the past month or two, as it’s been getting darker earlier, I’ve been SO TIRED after dinner. As in, “I can’t stay awake past 6 P.M.” tired. Well, maybe not that bad, but I did actually go to bed at 7 P.M. one night!
It didn’t take long for me to determine that this winter was going to be a real struggle if I couldn’t stay awake in the evening. So, time to brainstorm some solutions. Coffee wouldn’t work this time of day if I wanted to ever get to sleep. I racked my brain … then, BINGO! Exercise!
I’ve been exercising early some mornings, just for 10-15 minutes or so, but had been having trouble fitting it in. Exercise really energizes me, and I considered what would happen if I moved my exercise to after dinner.
So, I tried it! After dinner each day, I pop in an exercise video for about 10 minutes and the results have been remarkable. My energy level has been so much better in the evening! And the best part is that I’m not talking about a long exercise session; I’m talking about 10 minutes of exercise, maybe 15. My awesome husband has been supporting me in my efforts by cleaning up dinner with my children while I do a quick workout.
Here are some of my favorite exercise DVDs to give you some ideas:
1. Dance with Me Cardio Fit by Billy Blanks Jr.
This is my new go-to DVD right now. It has three different 12 minute sections, so I just choose one and off I go. Very fun! (Edited to add: The first of the three workouts on this DVD is just not my style, so I don’t do that one. But the last two are so fun that it makes up for the one I don’t care for.)
2. Kick Start Your Metabolism by Chris Freytag
This DVD has been a friend for a year or so. I love kickboxing, and this DVD is a great starting place. The best part? One of the workout sections (my favorite!) is only 8 minutes long! Just that little bit is so energizing.
3. T-Tapp’s Basic Workout Plus by Theresa Tapp
This DVD is an old friend. I think I started T-Tapping 5 years ago. This Basic Workout Plus video is only 15 minutes and really does a great job of toning your whole body with no equipment or weights needed. (Their Total Workout is great too, but that’s 50 minutes long. Broken into smaller sections, it can still fit the bill for a quick, energizing workout.)
There are so many other options for a quick exercise session too; I just happen to like the convenience of exercise videos. A quick walk or jog, rebounding, dancing to music you love, etc. There’s really something for everyone. And just think, if you do something inside with your children around, they can enjoy watching you flub up the steps … oh, maybe that’s just me!
So, what do you think? Will you give it a try? Now before you say you don’t have time for a ten minute exercise session, think about if you manage to have time to browse the web for at least 10 minutes each evening. (Ouch, I know!)
Let me know if a quick burst of exercise energizes you too! I love reading your comments!
And if you’re a night owl, maybe a quick workout would be just what you need to get going in the morning.
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