Whether you’re trying to tone up, need to de-stress, hoping to clear up your skin, or tackling any number of health and wellness hurdles, tackling personal (and professional) goals often requires changing your routine—or better yet, creating a routine. This, of course, is easier said than done—if it weren’t, we’d all be model citizens. It’s reassuring to know that even the fittest, most health-focused people around need routines; It doesn’t come naturally!
Need some inspiration? Read on to see how everyone from fitness pro Tracy Anderson to ballet innovator Mary Helen Bowers starts her day.
Personal trainer and fitness/wellness entrepreneur Tracy Anderson—whose clients include the likes of fit ladies Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, and more—starts her day with her formula shake, which has a complete amino acid profile and comes from an all-vegan protein source. “It really leaves me feeling full all morning,” she tells Haute Living. After her go-to breakfast and a quick business call, she works out for an hour a day, six days a week. “It’s a rush for me, and where I feel most creative,” she says.
Health expert, yogi, and best-selling author Kimberly Snyder, whose high-profile client list includes Reese Witherspoon, Rooney and Kate Mara, and Dita von Teese starts her morning early (around 6:30 a.m.) with 30 minutes of meditation, followed by an hour and a half of self-yoga practice in her living room. “I practice Kriya Yoga Meditation, and if I for some reason skip it, I truly feel off. That reason alone is enough motivation to keep me on a regular meditation schedule,” she tells ELLE. She also begins each day with a hot water with lemon, probiotics, and a green smoothie. “The fiber helps keep me full and gives me energy all morning,” she says.
Celebrity trainer Kira Stokes, created of The Stoked Method and Stoked Series Classes, starts her morning with a mini exercise. “I need to get my blood pumpking, even for 20 minutes, on my in-house elliptical prior to truly beginning my day,” she tells SELF. “I don’t consider this my workout for the day, but a way to say ‘good morning’ to the best piece of equipment we all have, our own bodies.” She follows up elliptical with 10-15 minutes of core work. “If you set the tone with a few core-focused exercises, it will attack your day with maximum energy,” she says.
Lorna Jane Clarkson
The founder and chief creative officer of Australian fitness apparel empire Lorna Jane tells Vogue Australia, “morning exercise is a non-negotiable part of my day because it gives me the energy and mental clarity I need to think and be at my best.” She starts her day with simple stretches, following by strength training, complemented by “plenty of yoga and cardio.” First thing in the morning, she sips “a glass of hot water with lemon juice, cayenne pepper and a dash of coconut water to cleanse my body and boost my metabolism for the day,” followed up by a nourishing breakfast.
Mary Helen Bowers
Founder of massively influential health and fitness program Ballet Beautiful, Mary Helen Bowers rises early and starts her morning with slow-cooked oats with raw nuts and fresh berries, according to The Coveteur. “A face mask while I prep my breakfast is always a good start to help the skin glow, along with a morning workout,” she tells The New Potato. “Exercise always makes me feel happier and puts me in a more positive frame of mind.”
How do you start your day? Do you have a go-to breakfast or fitness routine? Do you spend time with your family or pets? Tell us in the comments below.