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'I Used To Be A Snooze Button Addict—But Now I Swear By Morning Workouts'
Confession: I wasn't always a morning person. Until recently, I enjoyed hitting the snooze button three times in a row as much as the next night owl. But then, I graduated from college (oh, hi there, real world) and decided it was time to start hitting the gym each morning before work (yup, even though I'm the digital director of WomensHealthMag.com, I wasn't always a fitness person). For the first time ever, I was able to make working out a habit because I was doing it first thing—and realizing how much better I felt because of it.
Now, I love rising early—I even wake up at 5 a.m. some mornings to run with people transitioning out of the shelter system (btw, Back On My Feet is an awesome organization—you should try it out if you have a local chapter in your city!).
But most mornings I start my day closer to 7 a.m.—here's what that usually looks like.
6:50 a.m.: Breaking my snooze button habit was hard, but I did it.
"...Mainly because I felt so guilty about waking my husband up for three rounds of alarms; he almost always gets up later than me. I wish I could say I have some special secret that helped me master the art of waking up on the first try, but the truth is that it was pretty difficult the first two or three days, but...I just forced myself out of bed. Once I started brushing my teeth and washing my face, I was much more awake. And by a few days in, I wasn't even that tempted to squeeze in another nine minutes of sleep. Success!"
7 a.m.: I get in a workout first thing.
"I used to be really into fitness studios—and I still do Spin or yoga fairly regularly—but lately, more often than not, I do a quick app-based strength workout in my living room (Nike+ Training Club is my favorite) or go for a run. It's been easier for me to stay consistent with my routine if I can start sweating the second I step foot outside my apartment—or, you know, my bedroom."
7:45 a.m.: After a quick shower, I slather on the sunscreen.
"Even if I'm not planning on spending a ton of time outside, I make sure I'm wearing sunscreen all over. So many of the dermatologistsWomen's Healthhas interviewed say it's the best thing you can do to keep your skin looking young and prevent skin cancer—two things I'm all about.Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen with Cellular Response Technology(starting at , amazon.com) is my favorite because it's moisturizing, blends into skin really well, and doesn't smell super sunscreen-y."
8 a.m.: Walking my dog through a nearby park is my happy time.
"I adopted a three-legged rescue dog named Kiwi about a year and a half ago, and shelovesgoing for walks. It's pretty much impossible to be in a bad mood when you're with a tongue- and tail-wagging dog who wants to kiss everyone she sees. We live right next to Brooklyn Bridge Park, which has great views of Manhattan, so we walk through there. I also grab my coffee while we're out—of course, all of the local baristas know Kiwi, too."
9 a.m.: My go-to breakfast: oatmeal with some yogurt mixed in.
"I started eating oatmeal when I had my wisdom teeth pulled out, and I've been a convert ever since. I keep a big container of rolled oats, cinnamon, and a paring knife at my desk so I can throw together my breakfast as soon as I get into work. It's super-easy to bring some fruit from home, throw it all in a bowl, then microwave it in the office kitchen. I always stir in a high protein yogurt, too (lately I'm loving YQ by Yoplait. The vanilla contains 15 grams of protein per 5.3-ounce serving.
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