I've set into a good morning routine for a while. I wanted to share it and what I like about it, to help inspire you develop a morning routine that works for you.
- 5:45am - 6:00am - Wake up. Put on gym clothes and head downstairs for the morning workout. On my way to the basement, I'll feed my cat his breakfast:)
- 6:00am to 6:30am - I work out for 30mins on my elliptical at a very casual pace. My heart rate is usually 120-130 bpm, which is significantly lower than what it was during my pre-pregnancy workout. During workout, I either watch Netflix, or read a book on my iPad (It's doable because I'm on elliptical. I tried reading while running on treadmill before. It's also feasible if you make the fonts super big. I would not recommend it as it strains your eyes.)
- 6:30am - 7am: shower and get dressed for work. Before I shower, I put my breakfast on to heat it up.
- 7:00 - 7:30am: breakfast and clean up after it. I like to quickly wash dishes from breakfast and clean up the sink. It usually takes only 5-6 minutes, but sets a completely different tone than leaving them in the sink. Fresh start!
- 7:30am: leave for work (my commute is more than 1 hour).
I've stick to this morning routine for weekdays for almost 7 months now. Two main reasons I like about this routine:
- It makes my workout more consistent: Surprisingly, making workout first thing in the morning, and keeping it 30mins long actually allow me to work out much more consistently. In the months of December and January, I exercised 47 out of the 52 days. And this is the winter time, when I'm usually less motivated to get up early thanks to the cold weather and sun rising later.
- I'm able to sit down and eat a more nutritious breakfast: A good breakfast helps energize you for the day. Sitting down and enjoying the breakfast is a luxury I could still afford at this life stage. I'm fully prepared to give it up once the baby comes.
It's important to be flexible too. I'm fully prepared to tweak this routine to fit into lifestyle. There is no one-size-fits-all routine. The important thing is knowing your priorities and getting ready to make decisions. You could always develop the best morning routine for YOU.