As I crawl into bed at night, I like to reflect and celebrate my victories from the day. I started to notice that I feel most successful when I get in a workout, and I feel unsuccessful when I didn’t do anything active that day.
So I made a change. I had to find a way to incorporate exercise into my daily routine.
I experimented with different types of fitness at various times of day. I discovered that I feel best when I workout in the afternoon…but I can’t make that happen on a regular basis (since we all know that our schedule gets busier, as the day goes on, not more open).
Finally the day came where I had to set myself straight – I need to workout first thing in the morning it I want to fit exercise into my day everyday.
Ladies, I don’t know about you but it’s tough to get out of bed in the morning. The struggle is real!
Here’s the magical routine that helps me wake up on time, get out of bed and get movin’.
Before I go to bed….
As I’m winding down for the evening, I fill up a water bottle and leave it in my living room (where I workout). I take a few sips before bed to hydrate by body for the night, and I leave the rest for the morning.
Before I put on my pajamas, I set out my exercise clothes. It’s just one less thing I need to think about in the morning. Shorts, sports bra, athletic shirt, socks and shoes. Check. Then I put on my pajamas.
Next I go to my bathroom vanity to wash my face. I put my hair into a ponytail and wash up. Then, I leave the ponytail holder on the counter. You don’t need me to explain how bobby pins and hair ties grow legs and walk away.
Then I crawl into bed. Before I turn off the bedside lamp, I set my alarm clock for the morning. I have a small addiction to the snooze button, so I also set my cell phone alarm for ten minutes after the alarm clock, just to make sure I actually wake up.
Then I take my beauty rest, preferably around 7.5 hours.
After I wake up…
Good morning! Rise and shine!
Ha, if only I felt that perky in the morning! Usually I need a few minutes to stretch, open my eyes and disinvolve myself from my dreams. But as soon as my eyelids don’t weigh five pounds a piece, my feet hit the floor. I head to the bathroom.
First, I go to the bathroom (like most people).
Then I put on the athletic clothes I already laid out.
Next I brush my hair and put it up with the hair tie laid on the counter. (It’s so nice to not have to overthink things this early in the morning.) And I follow that by brushing my teeth.
At this point I head to the living room. First, I drink 8 ounces of water before I even begin (out of the water bottle left out the night before).
I lay out my yoga mat and dumbbells (which are conveniently located in the closet near my living room). I take another sip of water as I turn on my workout video.
I’ve been awake for 5 minutes and I’m already warming up for my exercise and have hydrated my body with water. Now that’s what I call a victory in my day!
You may be wondering where breakfast and coffee fit into my morning routine. Usually I exercise on an empty stomach and eat breakfast directly following my workout. To be honest, every once in a while I wake up incredibly hungry; on those mornings I eat a small bowl of yogurt or a handful of dry cereal.
Prepare yourself tonight so you can fit in your workout tomorrow!