As I shared in my last post, the first part of my morning routine Monday thru Thursday includes gym workout, shower, family walk with husband and dogs, then breakfast.
It feels good to me to have established this routine that I created deliberately. The pieces set me up for a great day and great week.
During breakfast, this is my first time opening my iPad and iPhone and I use this time to read articles and blogs sent to my personal email. I go through seasons where certain topics stand out to me. Currently, I’m interested in reading material about content creation, blogging, online presence, etc. Coaching topics are also continually interesting to me.
So, I love my morning routine. It is constantly evolving. This is one of the main reasons I love going to bed early. Going to bed early ensures a full night of sleep and a lovely long morning.
Getting up at 4:20 AM allows just enough time to get dressed, drink my espresso mixed with protein powder, brush my teeth, let my dogs out and get to the gym before the class starts at 5 AM.
The invigorating group workout is a combination of strength and HIIT movements. The workouts are predetermined and always different. Therefore, I don’t have to think about it or decide what I’m going to to that day. The decision has been made for me. I am able to immerse myself in the workout and the loud music and just be there. My mind is focused on the movement, and I don’t think about anything except what I’m doing in that moment. I feel very present.
I hear pretty often that I am crazy for getting up so early. Or, people are just amazed that I keep this schedule and actually enjoy it!
I get up at 4:20 AM Monday through Thursday to go to a group workout at the gym from 5-6 AM. I have been doing this routine for the last year and a half. I feel so accomplished to start my day this way, and the committed routine makes it feel easy for me to up this early. It wasn’t always this way. (Stay tuned for more on this in an upcoming post.)
Going to bed early, in addition to making the commitment itself, is one of the main reasons I’ve been able to keep this schedule and even really look forward to it and enjoy it. This way, I get around 8 hours of sleep and feel good in the morning.