As winter approaches, we find it's often more difficult to, one, get out of bed in the morning, and two, stick to our usual routine. For example, who wants to work out or eat a big breakfast when it's freezing out and the sun isn't even up? No thanks. You can catch us sipping coffee under the covers or wishing ourselves back to bed.
But routine in the winter months is incredibly important—to help us stay on track with our health and fitness goals—but also to keep us motivated and to minimize the risk of seasonal depression.
Here are a few tips for getting up and at'em in the early hours, getting our butts to the gym, and eating a hearty breakfast.
1. Set your gym clothes, water bottle, and keys out the night before.
Nothing makes getting yourself to a 6 am spin class more difficult than having to hunt for your sports bra or your keys. It's hard enough getting up early; make it easier on yourself by setting out everything you need the night before. And slipping into yoga pants in the dark? No problem when you know right where they are.
2. Keep water on your nightstand—lights on and hydrate.
When you first wake up, it's going to feel tempting to hit snooze and go back to bed. Resist the temptation! Instead, turn on a soft glow lamp (no bright lights that early, please) and drink at least 8 oz of water. This will help wake you and your body up so that you can get moving.
3. Incentivize yourself.
It's okay to use treats to get yourself out of bed. We love to have a cup of bone broth or warm lemon water first thing in the morning to help us feel cozy and wake us up. (Coffee first thing is hard on your gut and can increase anxiety.) Likewise, a soft robe, a fancy face wash, or yummy protein muffins make morning time way more enjoyable.
4. Eat a big and hearty breakfast.
Cold weather makes us less hungry, but getting healthy proteins and fats in is essential to start our day. Try a warming casserole (eggs, ground turkey, organic cheese) or some fiber-packed toast with organic butter, nuts, and a side of warm berries.