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My Morning Routine: How a Health Coach Starts Her Day


Posted by on September 21, 2015 / 12 Comments

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After posting this photo on Instagram yesterday it got me thinking about my morning routine. And more specifically, how a morning routine really impact the rest of your day. It sets the tone for your mood, productivity and overall energy for the next 24 hours. Big time.

And whether you consider yourself a morning person or a night owl, the good news is that everyone can develop a morning routine to start each day on the right foot.

Think of it this way – morning routines are the “secret sauce” of the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed morning folks! It’s what helps them to be more efficient, alert, healthy and thriving in the same 24 hours that we all have. And yep, that’s all determined by what’s done in the first couple of hours after waking.

So today, I thought I’d share a little “behind the scenes” of my morning routine. Of course, travel may shake my routine up a bit, but I try to keep to this as much as possible:

6:00am Wake up naturally or with my sunrise alarm clock. I’ve had this alarm clock for more than 8 years and swear by it! It’s so much nicer to wake up calm and refreshed with gentle light versus a cortisol-jolting alarm noise.

6:05am Get out of bed, hit the restroom and brush my teeth.

6:10am Walk to the kitchen for a glass of room temperature water. If I have lemon, I’ll squeeze some in, but if not, I’ll just drink a large glass of water. After 7-8 hours without fluid, my body needs to rehydrate.

6:15am Meditate for 15-20 minutes using the Headspace app. I’ve written about the remarkable health benefits of meditation before, but let me reiterate this – the health benefits are astounding. I love listening to Andy Puddicomb’s voice, but in all honesty, using the app is really the only way I can meditate. So I stick with what works. 

6:35am It’s time to get active! I’ll either head to the gym, take a yoga class, go for a run/walk in the neighborhood or do some stretches and exercises at home. This hour of activity gets the blood pumping, increases endorphins and really makes me mentally alert for the rest of the day.

7:45am After I workout I’ll either make my post workout green smoothie, a cup of coffee or some tea (herbal or matcha green tea).

8:00am It’s time for brekkie! Breakfast really is my favorite meal of the day and I always try to have a combo of protein, fats and carbs. Two of my favorite breakfasts are egg scrambles (where I literally throw whatever I find in the fridge into the scramble) and chia pudding that I top with fruit and nuts.

After breakfast I’ll take my vitamins. I’m a huge proponent of getting vitamins and nutrients from real food, but after testing both with and without, I’ve found that I function better with a little boost of vitamin C and methylated vitamin B-Complex. So those I take fairly regularly.

8:30am. Let the work begin. I always start my day by writing down my top three priorities for the day. These could be meeting with a health coaching client, creating a new recipe, editing food photos, writing a new blog post, doing outreach on social media or numerous other things. But taking the time to physically write out my top three priorities keeps me focused and productive for the day.

After that, my morning routine is complete. And I’m refreshed, energized, focused and ready to make it an awesome day! 


If you’d like to learn more about IIN, the health coaching program I attended, click here to get a copy of the curriculum guide.

I became a school Ambassador as I knew IIN was something I would want to share and promote to others in my community. Because of this, I receive a small commission from anyone who enrolls through this link and each time I do I feel extremely grateful for the reward and opportunity to share what I have learnt. I also wish every new student the best experience, whether they go on to be a successful Health Coach or use their new found knowledge to better the world in their own way.


Other health coaching posts you might be interested in:

What Exactly is a Health Coach?

Should You Become a Health Coach? 4 Things to Consider


How do you start your morning? Do you have a morning routine that you stick to? Let me know if the comments below!

  • Liz Stark

    So fun to read about your morning routine! I definitely have a morning routine (I’m a creature of habit and thrive on routines, for sure, haha). I get up super early, do some stretching and deep breathing, get through emails and other readings, drink lots of water, work out at 6:00am, and continue on with my other tasks for the day. Love having lots of uninterrupted “me time” in the early hours of the morning.

    • So much yes on the “me time.” I couldn’t agree more! And you hit the nail on the head with thriving on routine. Flexibility is good for the middle of the day, but morning and evening routines really have us perform our best. :) x

  • HuldaBianca

    The mornings I’m off to work are just a mess, I hate getting up unnecessarily early… Especially the mornings I’m on call are just… let’s just don’t talk about them… But I’ve got to get me one of those wake up lights!!! The mornings I don’t work I sleep until I wake up. Then a slow start in my pyjama, often with a delicious breakfast ( I’ve often decided and prepared the night before) and when I feel ready I get started with the rest of the day. :)

    • You will love the sunrise alarm clock! Especially with a work schedule that’s inconsistent or has you rising super early. On your non-work days, give yourself a break…but I would recommend still trying out a schedule. I think you’ll find yourself more relaxed and productive as our bodies like a little predictability. ;) x

      • HuldaBianca

        Its a good advice. There is one problem though, and thats the nights I’m on call (which is 1-5 a week) I never know how much sleep I’m gonna get and that makes the quality of my sleep poor even the night I actually don’t have to work… So I sharish the mornings I know that no one is gonna wake me up ( neither phone nor clock…). But If I get a wake up light maybe I can set the alarm for 9.00 o’clock , If I haven’t woke up until then. I like to get up between 8 and 9… ;)

  • enliveninghealth

    I love this :) Are we the same person ? This sounds exactly like my morning routine! Thanks for sharing!
    http://www.enliveninghealth.com

    • We may not be the same person but great, healthy minds think alike! ;) x

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