How to have a Productive Morning Routine/Stay Motivated to Workout

Author by Hannah Ignacio

 

Okay, so I am not the master of this since I am only finishing up week 2 of my first office job; however, I am definitely trying to figure out a morning/work routine.  I am also learning how to prioritize my time and continue to focus on my health while working a desk job.  These are my tips on having a productive morning and prioritizing health and fitness.

Morning Routine:

1. Give yourself an hour in the morning before you have to leave 

  • This allows you to have enough time to get ready, but also twiddle your thumbs a little bit and not be in so much of a rush.  I really do not like being in a rush, especially in the morning, so sometimes I even give myself over an hour to get ready. 

2. Have your outfit picked out the night before

  • This saves a lot of time in the morning.  I do it right before I go to bed, it makes your mornings efficient and allows for the least amount of thinking in the morning, which is what everyone wants right?

3. Optional: shower in the morning

  • I personally don't shower in the morning when I wake up normally, but it is a great way to wake yourself up.  I prefer to shower at night before I go to bed, but I occasionally do like to shower in the morning.  The one downside of showering in the morning is you might have to wake up earlier to do so.  A great upside of this though is that you will feel nice and clean all day!

4. Make a healthy breakfast

  • A healthy breakfast is a major key to the morning.  I have recently been making a green smoothie right when I wake up to get in some extra greens, but that's just one example of a healthy breakfast.  Honestly, I eat two breakfasts', but I can also eat a lot of food.  I drink a smoothie right when I wake up and avocado toast right before I leave.  It keeps me full until lunch, which is great because I do not like to be hungry. 
  • Examples of healthy breakfasts:
    • eggs and toast/fruit
    • oatmeal
    • overnight oats
    • yogurt

5. Extra Step:

  • If what motivates you to get to work in the morning is a special treat, like getting Starbucks, then I say do it.  Maybe don't do it every day, but once or twice a week stop and get that yummy coffee.  Another alternative to stopping at Starbucks/Collectivo/Dunkin, would be stopping at a gas station for coffee; gas station coffee is much cheaper, and if you become a regular there, you will probably get a free coffee eventually.

Prioritizing Time for Exercising:

Exercising is one of my main priorities outside of work, family, and friends.  I find that exercising gives me more energy and is sort of like my therapy.  I try to work out 4 times a week, but it can sometimes be around 3-5 depending on how motivated I am.  These are my tips on how to stay motivated with exercising while having a full-time job:

 

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1. Have an accountability partner/workout buddy

  • The struggle with staying motivated with exercising is holding yourself accountable when you are getting lazy after work.  A way to counteract this struggle is through having an accountability partner.  Your accountability partner could be your significant other or a friend!  This accountability partner can also act as a workout buddy.  Having a workout buddy can make working out so much more fun and can even act as a social outing.  You can workout after work and then go get dinner or grab a drink (which may counteract the workout), but hey it's fun! 

2. Book workout classes

  • The struggle with staying motivated with working out is holding yourself accountable when you are getting lazy after work.  A way to counteract this struggle is through having an accountability partner.  Your accountability partner could be your significant other or a friend!  This accountability partner can also act as a workout buddy.  Having a workout buddy can make working out so much more fun and can even act as a social outing.  You can workout after work and then go get dinner or grab a drink (which may counteract the workout), but hey it's fun! 
  • Examples of workout classes:
    • Orange Theory
      • I am a regular at Orange Theory.  People of all different intensities workout here and there are multiple locations in the Greater Milwaukee Area.  Orange Theory consists of a treadmill workout, rowing, and floor (weights and body weight exercises).  Orange Theory focuses on your heart rate, so it tracks the amount of calories you burn in your workout and it how much time you spent in the "Orange Zone."  The "Orange Zone" is the zone of your heart rate which burns the most fat.  The goal of Orange Theory is to get 12 or more minutes in the "Orange Zone," because then you will continue to burn calories for 36 hours after your workout.
    • Yoga/Hot Yoga
      • Yoga or hot yoga is a great low-intensity option for a workout.  Hot yoga especially gets you sweating since it is around 95 degrees in the room.  Yoga is a low impact workout that builds muscle and challenges you in different ways than say an Orange Theory class would.  I also love yoga because it can be therapeutic and relaxing after a long day.  Two examples of hot yoga studios in Milwaukee are Hot Yoga Milwaukee or Milwaukee Power Yoga.
    • Spin
      • Spin, specifically rhythmic spin, is a fun, and exciting way to get a workout in.  In a spin class, you are basically dancing while riding a bike.  The whole premise of rhythmic spin is that there is choreography you do while riding.  Spin is also fun because music is blasting and it is pretty dark in the room.  An example of a spin studio in the Milwaukee Area is Spire in the Third Ward.
    • Another workout you could consider would be joining a running club.

3. Allocating an hour out your day for working out.

  • Allocating one hour out of your day to working out is a great way to make sure you exercise.  For me, I get to work early so I can leave around 4/4:30PM.  My hour I usually allocate to exercising is from 5:30-6:30PM.  This time period is when a lot of work classes are, so it is the perfect time for me to have my exercise hour.  I know some people prefer to workout before work, but I choose to workout after so I can sleep more.  Because this is my hour to exercise, I do not do anything else in this time.  If someone asks me to hangout or get dinner, I tell the no because I am planning on working out during that time.  It is your job to prioritize your time.  If you want exercising to be one of your priorities, make it one.

I hope you enjoyed reading these tips.  Having a solid morning routine and prioritizing fitness in your life can be a great way to improve overall wellness by adjusting very small things.