If you’re training a lot, chances are it feels like life is a bit chaotic. You may feel like you don’t have enough time for most things in life. While you’re definitely busy getting better at the gym or on the field or court, you may be missing out on some key routines that could change the way you feel about your day.
“The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day.” -Henry Ward Beecher
Having a routine to start your morning is just like having a pregame ritual or a set up ritual before you attempt an Olympic lift. Starting your morning off with consistency will help you stay more focused throughout the day and improve your mental attitude which we know is important for athletic performance. A great beverage for the morning is hot water with lemon and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and cinnamon. I work out first thing in the morning and find it tough to eat before. Trying different things and asking others around what works for them is a great way to figure it out. Develop a proactive plan that is repeatable and consistent so you can set yourself up to succeed.
Stretching or Movement Practice
Getting blood flow allows for a smooth transition into your morning. Bringing awareness to your body will allow you to address any issues that may be surfacing before you get to the weight room. Mobilitywod.com has some great videos on how to stretch and release some of your most pressing aches and pains. Wellness Revolution CrossFit has a romwod.com membership to allow our members the ability to get a consistent programmed stretching routine. Deep belly breathing is highly encouraged during this part of your morning routine.
Review your goals and visualize your ultimate success
You’re training for something right? Visualizing yourself every morning accomplishing your goal is one of the most powerful things you can do for your training. You create important neural connections and your mind and body become aligned to opportunities that will encourage the realization of your goals.
Take a look at your schedule and be one step ahead of it
Being late to train or practice is never a good feeling. Missing appointments and meetings at work or home can cause undue stress to your situation too. By confronting your schedule head-on in the morning, you’re committing to integrity which translates directly to your training habits.
There you have it, a great way for any athlete to start the day!