Post Natal Fitness – Morning Routine
Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life.
Tip toe if you must, but take the step.
Have you heard of the book Save our Sleep by Tizzy Hall? Save our Sleep advocates the benefits of getting your baby into a (quite strict) routine of eating, sleeping and playing. I was always terrible at trying to get my babies into any form of routine. I read Save our Sleep. Tried it for one day and gave up. I secretly admired those women who had their babies in a routine, because our early days were all over the place and I never knew whether I was coming or going.
This may not be the best anecdote for this post. Because I am about to strongly recommend that you find a routine that works for you. And then stick to it. Stick to it as many days as you can so that it becomes a habit.
Why? Because whether your baby is in a routine or not, as a Mum, we all need some guaranteed ways to make ourselves feel good. To keep ourselves on track. To retain our sense of self as individuals.
I am going to share my ideal daily routine in the hopes that it can inspire you to create your own.
Tips for creating your own Post Natal Fitness Morning Routine
I know all the Instagram memes tell you to aim high, reach for the stars and all that. But I am telling you to aim low here. The reason being, you want to create a daily routine that you can nail. You will get more satisfaction out of achieving a couple of things rather than by failing at a lot of things. So keep it simple. Use a bit of trial and error and see what is the minimum that you can do each day to make yourself feel good. You can always add things if you have the time or the inclination. It’s like starting with the beginner option and then moving up to the advanced. You get a sense of satisfaction that you are progressing rather than regressing.
Focus on things that make you feel good
This is your routine. You can do whatever you like. So focus on things that make you feel good. But, also try and focus on things that are going to help you to grow. I guess what I am saying is that it definitely feels good to get all your chores and personal admin done, but is that going to help you to grow? Is that going to help you in the long run? I don’t know. Maybe it will – just have a think about it.
Post Natal Fitness Morning Routine
Ideally I get up early to do this. But some days I try to jam this stuff in when the girls are eating breakfast. It really depends on how much sleep you are getting at night and how early your babes are waking. At 2 + 4, I am now sleeping through the night and the girls are waking around 7 – so I have the luxury of being able to get up a bit early. But it wasn’t that way for a long time. So if you are wondering whether to priorities a morning routine or sleep – I would probably chose the extra sleep. You can still have a morning routine that is something super simple. A simple gratitude practice + 10 push-ups to get your blood pumping. Or a simple intention setting and 3 sun salutations to bring a focus and presence to your day.
The Three M’s. Movement + Meditation + Motivation
Yoga (10-15 minutes) I like to do 10 minutes of some form of morning yoga. This helps to dispel that stagnant energy from my body, loosen up any stiff spots and create a positive energy to carry throughout my day.
Meditation (5 minutes) At the end of my 10 minutes of Yoga, I will sit in silence for 5 or so minutes and let the practice sink in. Here I try to formulate my intention for the day.
Exercise (10-15 minutes) I also like to do 10 minutes or so of one of the Fit Mummy Project workouts, barre or pilates. If this is the only exercise I get done in the day, then I am content. If I can do more, then it is a bonus.
Cup of Tea + Read + Write (10 minutes) Here I write down my intention for the day. Write down 3 things I am grateful for and write down 3 key things I want to achieve that day. If I have time after that, I will read something I am curious about.
Total = 35 – 45 minutes.
Mid Day / Afternoon
This is often when my energy starts to wane. If the girls have a nap, I will use the first 10 – 20 minutes of their nap time to meditate and move my body. Just a little wake up. I use guided meditations because often my head is running a million miles an hour. So I can just try and tune into the guided meditation and feel my energy start to calm down. My favourite app at the moment is called Insight Timer and it is free.
I’ll be posting my evening routine next week beauties! Keep an eye out for it.
Hope you liked this post lovely Mummas. I would love to hear your tips for your morning routine!