*This post is sponsored by Swanson Health Products, but of course, all opinions and early wake up calls are my own!
Rise and shine, friends! I’m definitely not that chipper in the morning, nor am I a morning person (as my hubby can attest), but I made a commitment to waking up at 5 a.m. at the start of May as a way to get my workouts in. It’s been a great feeling to be up and moving before the sun is even up and I’m sticking with it!
I’ll do another post soon with all my tips and tricks (and there are a few!) for how to get your booty up that early. But today, I’m talking about what a typical early morning looks like for me and what I get done in those early hours. Maybe you’ll be encouraged to try it!
Obviously, if you want to get things done early in the morning while the rest of the house is asleep, you have to wake up early. It kind of really sucks in the moment, but it’s worth it when you have such a feeling of accomplishment by 7 or 8 a.m! My alarm goes off and my bedroom lamp turns on anywhere from 5am to 5:30 a.m., depending on what workout I’m doing that day.
I immediately get up, brush my teeth and change into my workout clothes.
Then, I head downstairs and drink a protein drink because I need something in my stomach to sustain a workout. I’ve never been able to workout on an empty stomach. I fill up my water bottle, grab my gym bag and head out the door.
The original point of waking up earlier than my usual 7:00 a.m. was so that I could get a workout in before the day started, as opposed to in the middle of the day. I found that once I was ready for the day, I didn’t want to stop the momentum of the day to take time to workout, mess up my hair and makeup, and have to shower or “get ready” again.
I figured if I could wake up early and workout, then I’d have it over and done with before I got ready for the day. When I first started the 5am wake up, I was just heading outside and going for a run. But, after a couple of days running in the pitch black darkness, I figured it was smarter to actually head to the gym.
At that early hour, when my brain isn’t fully functioning yet, I prefer a group class or to workout with my trainer. I’ve been doing a combination of 5:30 a.m. workouts with my trainer, 5:45 a.m. HIIT class, spin class, or kickboxing.
I usually get home about 7 a.m. and Jordan is just about to wake up. If she’s already awake, I go get her up, and take her into my bathroom with me (she’s content and safe in the exersaucer, otherwise she’d be into everything) so I can get cleaned up with a nice, hot shower.
After showering, I put my hair up wet and get dressed for the day. I like to let my hair air dry and then fix it later, unless I have somewhere to be in the morning.
I’ll quickly put on makeup, which only takes about 5 minutes, but makes me feel much better. Ever since I got my eyebrows microbladed
, I feel like it takes even less time to get ready because I don’t have to spend any time filling them in.
Next, I head downstairs, get Jordan a bottle of milk and take my vitamins and probiotics. It’s easy to ‘forget’ to take these if you don’t have a dedicated routine.
I’ve always taken a multivitamin and other supplements like Biotin or BCAA, but my Grandma has been on me forever to start taking probiotics. She takes them religiously and swears by their health benefits. I’ve always respected her opinion on these kinds of things.Probiotics are the “good” bacteria that promote gut health and comfortable digestion, while helping to break down food and turn it into useable energy for the rest of your body. Probiotics are naturally found in fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi.
If you don’t eat those foods, you can get probiotic benefits in a supplement. Swanson
sent me their complete new line of probiotic supplements
and each one focuses on a variety of health benefits including: digestive health, immune health, colon health, flora support and more.
At first I was overwhelmed by all the varieties, but then I realized there are three levels of probiotic lines, and you can choose the one that fits you best. Let me break it down for you in case you aren’t sure which one you might want to start with:
EVERYDAY WELLNESS SOLUTIONS
These are recommended for daily probiotic users who are looking for a typical dose of colony forming units (CFUs) to aid in general digestive and immune health, daily wellness and flora support.
Swanson Probiotic for Daily Wellness
Swanson Probiotic for Digestive Health
Swanson Probiotic for Kids (James)
Swanson Prebiotic for Friendly Flora Support
Swanson Probiotic+ D for Daily Wellness
Probiotic+ Enzymes for Digestion
Swanson Probiotic+ Prebiotic Fiber for Friendly Flora Support
These offerings are intended to work harder for those who seek specific- benefits like colon health and immune support.
Swanson Probiotic Blend for Digestion
Swanson Probiotic Blend for Immune Support
These offerings include a higher potency with added health benefits specific to women’s health and older adults, offering the highest dose of CFUs and the largest number of strains.
Ultra Hardy-Strain Probiotic (Hubby)
Ultra Potency Probiotic (Me)
Ultra Probiotic Complex
Ultra Probiotic for Seniors
Ultra Probiotic for Women
I take the Ultra Potency Probiotic, Swanson’s most powerful probiotic formula to support digestive and immune health. I chose that one to support my immune system since I tend to get run down easily.
Along with his multivitamin, James has been taking Swanson Probiotic for Kids, which is formulated to help support children’s immune system and support a happy tummy. He likes that it’s chewable cherry flavor.
Still looking for the right probiotic for you? Take this quiz!
After taking my vitamins and supplements, I make my breakfast and breakfast for the kids. I never skip breakfast! I would chew my arm off if I haven’t eaten within an hour of waking up, which is why the protein drink helps sustain me until I can have breakfast. I usually have a protein pancake with peanut butter and syrup or steel cut oats with cinnamon and raisins, topped with milk and sliced almonds.
Then we sit at the breakfast table and enjoy our meal together.
After I clear our dishes and put them in the dishwasher, it’s finally time for coffee!! This is seriously one of the best parts of my day and I love enjoying my morning cup of coffee each day.
By this time, it’s normally 8 a.m. and I’ve already worked out, showered, gotten dressed, applied some makeup, taken my vitamins and supplements, and eaten breakfast! It feels amazing to have gotten a jump start on the day!
Now that I’m in the groove, I only do this about 4 days a week and I definitely sleep in on the weekends!
What’s your normal wake up time? When do you fit in your workouts?