7AM is works for me because it is early enough not to be the least crowded.
Exercise Not Talking
AT 7AM, the social takers have not yet arrived. They seem to do more talking than exercising. They gather around the coat rack or the water fountain and if you start a conversation there with them, you are likely to be there at least 20 minutes. That cuts into your exercise time.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to talk with people and several of the social talkers are my good friends. That makes it harder not to talk for a while. Some people have told me they went to exercise but ending up talking and did not get any exercise done!
It is easier to have some small talk when using the exercise machines. But when I am race walking on a treadmill at 5.2 miles per hour, it takes my full focus to maintain my pace. If I talked it could be dangerous as I would probably fall off.
In fact, I try to look straight ahead and not even at one of the 4 TVs in front of me. CNN and Fox News doesn’t seem to go with exercise anyway. If you are going slow enough to watch TV, you are probably going too slow.
Several people do have ear plugs while using their treadmills. Besides TV stations, they do offer radio stations. On my smartphone I used to listen to a great running playlist of music that I really looked forward to. Too bad they don’t let you listen to music in race walking competitions.
Forming an Exercise Habit
The other thing about hitting the gym at 7AM is that you can get your exercise done for the day. Every active adult should have an exercise routine.
The key to developing an exercise routine is making it a habit to go to the gym everyday at the same time. When I wake up at 6AM, I like to drink two glasses of water and have a Cool Mint Cliff Bar with caffeine equal to one cup of coffee. That is enough before I exercise. Then after I exercise and return home, I eat a small breakfast.
It nice to be back in an exercise routine. It makes training some much easier.