Getting up early in the morning and feeling like you’ve gotten enough sleep is a hard combination to accomplish. Sometimes our bodies get used to waking up early from sticking to the same routine over time, while some of us never feel refreshed waking up to an alarm. Even if you’ve never been a morning person, (like my Red the bulldog) you can become one by nailing down a morning routine that works personally for you. My dear friend Laurie used to call me “toast” when I’d pop up in the morning to hit the Rose Bowl flea market or a celeb client I was training. Below are a few ideas to incorporate into a morning routine that will make you actually want to get up early. Trust me these work.
Some of our worst days start with a rushed morning where we become forgetful, anxious and irritable. By waking up earlier than normal, it allows us to slow down and not feel like we have a time restraint to get a bunch of things done before we leave. Get up and get ready at an unhurried pace. This will start your day much more relaxed.
Drink a large glass of water
One of the reasons we feel exhausted throughout the day is actually because we’re dehydrated. Being dehydrated can make us sluggish, develop headaches, and feel out of it. Throughout the night we’re obviously not drinking much water, so when you wake up, start your day with a large glass of water and even throw some lemons in there for fruit infused flavor. This will also aid in digestion for the rest of the day and can act as a caffeine boost when drank first thing in the morning!
Have a healthy breakfast
Skipping breakfast is never a good idea, but do you know why? Not eating in the morning actually starves your body and can make you eat way more at lunch time than you normally would need to. It can also slow down your metabolism and increase the release of stress hormones. If you want something simple and healthy, fast to make and filling for hours FitHer is great and filled with all required nutrients a woman’s body needs!
The morning, before anyone else is awake, is a perfect time to focus on yourself and have some personal time. Whether you’d like to journal your thoughts, read a book, or meditate— make some of this time in the morning just for you. There’s even an app called Headspace that helps you become more mindful. This will also encourage you to wake up early since you’re doing something that is beneficial for your body, all while having the time to do so!
Move a little
You don’t have to do an incredibly intense workout in the morning if you don’t have enough time, but it is important to get your body moving, even if it’s just for a little! Stretch your body, use a foam roller, or even complete a small workout routine. If you do have the extra time and prefer to do an intense workout in the morning, getting up earlier will allow you to do this. Whatever workout routine you choose to do, make sure it’s one you’re excited about doing. This will wake your body up and get you ready to take on the rest of the day! If you have any questions or need help remember I am here for you. Just set a time for me to call you and I can help you get started.
Do your full skincare routine
On mornings where we are rushing out the door, we rarely have time to do our full skin care routine. Doing your skin care routine can actually be very relaxing. If you don’t already have a solidified skin care routine, it doesn’t have to be anything crazy. For healthy and young looking skin, incorporate a gentle cleanser, toner, anti-aging cream, moisturizer, and eye cream in your routine. You’ll not only feel relaxed doing this but you’ll also feel better about your skin!
Do NOT check your messages
Remember, there is no need to check your emails, social media or messages during the early hours of the morning. Upon waking and instantly checking your phone can cause you to feel stressed and anxious. Let this period of your day be “disconnected” and only about you. Journal, deep breath, write, sing, warm bath, get into nature or mediate.
Finally, if you take away anything from this blog post let it be this last one. Start your morning without a device, it does wonders.
Who Is Kathy Kaehler?
Meet Celebrity Health, Fitness & Nutrition Spokesperson – Kathy Kaehler
Helping people learn how to be happier, healthier and bolder through health, fitness and inner beauty, Kathy Kaehler is unstoppable in her commitment to empower women who are entering midlife, but unwilling to let their fit, fabulous and sexy selves go.
Through her definitive LA Talk Radio show/podcast “Kathy Kaehler Live!,” audiences love Kathy for her willingness to be honest and get real when it comes to stress, nutrition, positive living, personal growth, and the really important stuff like sleep, sex and satisfaction.
In addition to her radio show, Kathy’s personal training programs, best-selling books, and wildly-popular blog articles (you never know what she’ll say next!), Kathy gives women the inspiration and resources they need to take back control of their lives and know that it’s never too late to create the life they dream of.
No stranger to transforming people’s lives, Kathy has spent the last 30 years working out, teaching, training, and cooking side-by-side with health, fitness and positive-living icons like Jane Fonda, Katie Couric, Leeza Gibbons, and the Kardashians. When Kathy faced a double hip replacement in her late 40s, she took a big risk and opened up to her audience, sharing through her blog the fears, nasty scars, and everyday struggles as she worked through them, never holding back. These emotionally-charged stories allow her audience to see and connect emotionally with her as a real-life person. Here is someone who understands, shares the same worries and struggles, and best of all, really, truly CARES.
When Kathy spontaneously offered to connect with readers on the phone as she recovered from her surgery, women from around the world reached out, grateful to know they weren’t alone, and eager to share their struggles with someone they knew they could trust. Working one-on-one, Kathy taps into her lifetime of experience to provide them with the right nutrition, exercise and healthy-living solutions to create the abundant, fabulous life they deserve.
This passion for transforming her own struggles into positive and realistic health and fitness support that fits into the real world has truly resonated and, after 30 years of helping people, Kathy revels in the transformations she’s witnessing as she helps women take back control of their bodies, their lives, and the role they play in this world.
When she’s not on the phone or the radio helping women get fit and sexy, you can find Kathy hanging out with her three sons, cuddling with her husband of 23 years, or taking selfies with her bulldog, Red.
If you’re thinking to yourself, I know I’ve seen her somewhere before, you probably have:
Kathy has helping everyone from the soccer mom to the celebrity superstar, and you’ve probably heard of her in one of the following ways: As a personal trainer to the stars, Kathy has worked with Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Lopez, Denise Richards, Claudia Schiffer, and Kim Basinger. She is the creator of Sunday Set-Up,™ a signature system for organizing food at the beginning of the week, ensuring healthy snacks and meals make it to the table all week long. Her books include “Teenage Fitness,” “Fit and Sexy for Life,” “Kathy Kaehler’s Celebrity Workouts,” and “Momenergy,” and she writes for magazines and multimedia sites including Huffington Post, Self, InStyle, Us Weekly, Shape, Fitness, Family Circle, Health, More, and Woman’s Day. She’s the leading health and fitness spokesperson for USANA and has worked with other high-profile brands including Pretzel Crisps, Propel, Ragu, and Serta. And her LA Talk Radio Show, “Kathy Kaehler Live!,” continuously features leading experts and influencers including Nikki Sharp, Lee Woodruff, Dr. Jennifer Berman, Keri Glassman, and “Food Babe” Vani Hari.