Rise + Shine

Mornings look different for us all. Some of us pop right out of bed, while others can hardly open their eyes to the sound of their alarm. I would consider myself an early riser. After work, I find that I am tired + worn out from the day so any activity or a workout is less likely to happen. Your routine doesn’t have to be extensive but I think having a structured plan when you roll out of bed can make a huge difference in your day! I rely on a morning routine to have a productive day but it doesn’t come easy. I spend some time the evening before to prepare for an organized morning. IMO, nothing is worse than a hectic + rushed morning & it affects the rest of my day.

A glimpse into my morning routine looks a little something like this:
  1. 5:25am: My alarm goes off. I usually wake up on the first alarm, mostly because I’m afraid if I hit snooze I will turn my alarm off all together + not wake up for work but also because once I wake up, it’s hard for me to fall back asleep.
  2. I always, always make my bed. It takes less than a minute + it makes my room appear that much more organized. As this Navy seal shares, “If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another.”
  3. I set out my clothes + everything that I need for the gym the evening before so it saves time in the morning.
  4. On the way to the gym, I drink a big bottle of water to 1) rehydrate my body after a night of dehydration + 2) to wake up my metabolism.
  5. After about an hour workout, I come home + shower. I apply just a couple skincare favorites + get ready for work. Again, I set out my clothes for work the evening before to save time.
  6. I make a large French press of coffee while I pack my lunch. I prepare my lunch the night before. It makes it easy to just grab it + go. I usually spend a couple hours over the weekend meal prepping some easy-to-grab lunches (for ex. Lettuce + salad toppings or a few simple meals).
  7. After my morning workout, I always refuel with a hearty breakfast. I also believe that eating a nutritious breakfast starts your day off on the right foot + leads to less snacking throughout the day. Plus, it’s important to fuel your muscles right after working out to replenish your glycogen stores. This promotes better recovery + improved performance. Some of my favorite, easy breakfast options are a protein smoothie, yogurt with granola + fresh fruit, or overnight oats.

As the new year approaches, I highly encourage you to find a morning routine that works for you. By starting off your day organized + in a familiar routine, you can ensure that you will have a more productive day. Your morning will likely look different than mine, so find what works for you!

Want some more morning routine ideas? Check out these awesome babes below:

Gabby of Simply Balanced; Insta: simplybalancedg

Gina of Healthy Little Vittles; Insta: gleamwellness

Susan of Gleam Wellness; Insta: healthylittlevittles

Mary of Sprouting Radiance; Insta: marypardoux

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