Re: Lifting early in the morning. When I started lifting eight years ago, I began on the floor of our bedroom. Soon I had too much stuff (i.e., dumbbells, a bar, a bench I mail ordered from J.C. Penneys) so I moved to a spare bedroom. I lifted every morning for a month or so until I discovered a message board and learned that daily workouts aren't the best way to proceed, especially for older lifters. So I settled into a 3 x week routine which I've continued to the present.
I've read that the merit of morning exercise is that the body is more apt to burn stored fat after using available glyogen than it is after taking in food. Tim Dewey may need to fine tune this metabolism stuff a little but I think I'm approximately right. As far as having enuf energy, I've never had any problem, though I don't lift real heavy in absolute terms, though it seems plenty heavy to my now 67 year old bod. Re: the motivation. I'm sure that thru much of my adult life I would not have had enuf motivation to stick with it, but somehow when I started at age 58 or whatever I was, it clicked. Actually, I eventually joined a gym which afforded me much more equip. however I can only get there once a week so I still do two weekly sessions at home. The home sessions have been an interesting mental activity also. For example, some mornings, when I roll out of the sack at 5:30 I feel like hell. I start with 20 min. or so of stretching, then grab a pair of 15 lb. d.b's for warm-up. I then progresss thru the same lifts I do for warm-up but advance thru 20, 25 and 30 lb. d.b.'s. My point is though, that as soon as I catch a little pump, I begin to feel good. Also, I've discovered that a time or two over the years when I was living thru a particularly stressful situation, the early morning, solitary encounter with the heavy stuff became a reassuring, confidence re-building thing. Maybe sort of a Zen thing. It's very different than the hard core gym I go to where the sat. radio is blaring heavy metal (no pun intended). Well, didn't start out to write a book, but hope the comments are in some way useful. Don[/quote]