I love my morning routine. It’s so predictable and calming to have my morning go a certain way every day.
But life is hard if your routines get out of whack, or if you don’t have one at all. It helps my mood all day long if the first few hours of my day are predictable. Routine is just so important to me (just ask my husband lol).
If you don’t have a morning routine, and you’re always flying by the seat of your pants in the morning, that chaotic energy will translate into the rest of your day. Trust me, I’ve been there.
Your morning routine sets the tone for your entire day.
I mean it. It’s the truth. What you eat, (and what you do) in those first few hours will either make or break your day, (and your health), completely.
I wake up around this time during the week because I usually go to bed around 9 or 9:15 (I know it’s lame but I love it). I always try to get 8 hours of sleep because that’s what it takes to feel my best every day. Plus, it’s sooooo difficult to lose weight and eat healthy during the day if you don’t get enough sleep on the regular. Getting enough sleep has been shown to be just as important for weight loss and lowering disease risk as exercising is. Daaaanng. Get sleep people.
Any-who, I start out my day by just checking my email, my to-do list for the day, social media, and other phone stuff while I’m still in bed. I don’t get out of bed right away simply because I don’t want to. It’s magical.
I get up and outta bed and I start getting ready to work out. I exercise in the mornings because I just can’t seem to do it after work or during the day. Sometimes, I like to tell myself that I will work out later, and I NEVER DO. So, mornings it is. I like working out in the mornings because then it’s out of the way for the day, it’s checked off my to-do list, and I don’t have to worry about doing it later in the day when I don’t want to. My afternoon motivation is just awful.
It’s important for you to figure out when it is that you’re most likely to work out. For you, it may not be feasible in the mornings. You may like to work out in the afternoons or the evenings after the kids are put to sleep. Figure out what will work for you.
This is my work out time. I usually do some cardio or body weight exercises. I either hit the gym or I take Penny out for a jog if it’s nice outside. She freaking loves it.
By this time, I usually have about 5,000 steps logged on my Fitbit. I try to get about 10,000 steps on the daily. My Fitbit helps me stay active and it’s fun to challenge myself to get as many steps as I can during the day.
I drink water and water my plants…cause we all need to hydrate! Tee-hee 🙂
I down a 20 oz glass of water after I work out and before I eat anything to re-hydrate and boost my metabolism. Chugging a glass of water in the morning has been shown to boost your metabolism by up to 30%! It’s so so so important to start to re-hydrate immediately after a work out in order to speed up muscle recovery. Plus, I feel waaaay better during the day if I’ve started my day with exercise and hydration.
Speaking of hydration, check out my blog post all about staying hydrated to lose weight, and the best infused water combos!
While I’m getting ready for work, I sip on protein coffee. Protein coffee is a great way to get some protein and probiotics in you without having to eat a full meal. Breakfast at 7 am? No thank you. I literally cannot eat before I go to work, it’s just too early. Protein coffee gives me more energy during the day, it’s easy as heck to make, and helps speed up work out recovery. It always tastes amazing and gives me a probiotic boost to keep those bowels moving. Yep, I’m talking about better poops.
I grab my chia seed pudding breakfast, pack my lunch, love on Penny and kiss my Tommy goodbye. Then I’m out the door and off to my 9-5.
Overall, my mornings sound pretty busy, but most of it is actually just slowly getting ready and focusing on healthy morning habits to start my day off right.
If you can only implement one of my habits into your morning routine, I would tell you to drink water.
Even if you can’t get enough of sleep, you don’t have time to work out in the morning, or you can’t make protein coffee, drink a glass of water. It literally takes no time or effort, and will give your metabolism and health the biggest bang for your buck.
This will boost your metabolism and start your day off in a positive and healthy direction.
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There you have it. My super hydrating, protein coffee fueled, active morning routine.
August is here, make a change to your morning routine this month and see how it feels.