I am not a natural early riser. In Ireland very little happens before 9 am, so adjusting to my kids school start time of 7.30 am was difficult at first. But it’s amazing how you can train your body to adapt! I am now, typically up by 5.30 am most mornings, which amazes me LOL.
Usually I do some journal writing first thing, pray and meditate (if I have time). My first drink of the day is hot water with lemon juice. It’s a great way to detoxify the liver and hydrate first thing in the morning. My second course is a green smoothie! I really love to start my day with these. They contain lots of veggies and good nourishment for my body. I use 2 handfuls of mixed greens (swiss chard, beet greens, turnip greens, kale, spinach etc), about ½ cup berries, 1 heaping spoon of flaxseed meal, a handful of almonds and a spoon of chia seeds, if I have them. Blend for 30-45 seconds and enjoy!!!!
I like to get my workouts in during the morning time, right after kids go to school. Because of my Ragnar Race most of my workouts start with a 3-4 mile run. I then follow this up with 30-40 minutes of strength training. For my running, I am not focusing on pace. If I am feeling tired I run 4 minutes and walk for 1. I usually average a 9.30 minute mile pace. My strength training session incorporates boxing! My wrist is healing so it’s fun to get back on it! I alternate 3 minute rounds on the heavy bag with 3 minutes of 3 core, or 3 lower body exercises. After each 3 minute round there is supposed to be a 1 minute rest. I use this time to grab some water and get in as many push ups as I can.
Here are a few examples of the exercises I perform. You can check out our You Tube channel to find workouts that demonstrate these exercises. I will also provide links to them below.
Kick ‘n’ Crunch
Straight Leg Dead Lifts
1 leg squats
1 leg dead lifts
Here are links to specific core and lower body workouts on our You Tube channel:)