We all have one.
What does your daily routine look like? Are you a business owner, employee, student? Are you juggling to keep your head above water or have you nailed your routine down to a science?
We at btone FITNESS wear many hats and somehow at the end of the day, we managed to keep a daily routine that helps set us up for success each day.
Beyond teaching our favorite fitness class to our members we love to educate and share information with all of you.
That's why each week you can find us here sharing daily routines and tips from our wonderful instructors.
We asked them all, what makes you tick? How does your morning start off?
My ideal day includes a morning that isn’t rushed. I have one of those alarm clock globes that begins to slowly light up 20-30 min ahead of the actual ‘alarm.’ The idea is that your body isn’t rudely SHOCKED awake and pulls you out of REM sleep as if you were waking with the sun (as our biology intended). I can’t tell you how much of a difference it made when I was teaching and training early mornings, which meant a lot of 4:30AM wake ups ... (since there’s NEVER any sun out at that time, no matter the season).
I also set my coffee the evening before, so along with the alarm melody, faux-bird chirps, and faux-sunlight, I wake up to the bubbling of my coffee maker - incentive to get out of bed, right there. I’ve tried to stop myself from reaching for my phone first thing by putting it slightly out of reach of my bed, and more often than not, my cat is in the way snoozing - so I usually start my day giving her some snuggles. It turns out that petting animals promote a dopamine effect in the brain, so there you go!
Right off the bat my day is off on the right foot. Occasionally I read a Tao meditation or two before I pop over to the coffee maker. The Tao meditations are short excerpts that ground you or provide something existential to ponder. Buuuuut sometimes I’m not feeling it, and that’s ok! Juliette (cat) gets her food even before I pour my first cup of coffee, obviously. Then, I put the NYTimes ‘The Daily’ podcast on while I get ready for work. Breakfast is usually a couple of pieces of toast - one with almond butter, one with avocado, baby spinach, and tomato slices. Quick, simple, delicious, and easy to eat while moving around getting my things together. Occasionally, yes, I’ll push myself to get to a morning workout - and it pretty much always feels incredible and super-woman-like when I do! - but I also know how key sleep is to the rest of my day, so I try to make that determination the evening before (for example - I’m getting to bed late and will only get 5.5 hours of sleep if I go to the gym? Nope.). Plus I just really like my ease-into-the-day mornings :).
Mornings where I have a bit more time, such as most weekends, I follow the same general routine but give myself even more leeway. I’ll bring that first cup of coffee back into bed, and browse Instagram and my favorite blogs. I might put together a smoothie or pick up the novel I’m reading to prolong the lazy morning experience. Part of what I’ve learned as I got older is to listen to myself about what works for ME. We can read everything in the world about the ‘ideal’ morning routine, and how you HAVE to meditate, or please cut out coffee or do 15 burpees to get the blood pumping. But it’s your morning, your first glimpse of the day - treat yourself gently.
What makes you tick? Share with us your tips and tricks - you never know who you could inspire! Drop us a line on social media and we'll see you here next week.