Five Health Bloggers Share Their Real Morning Routines

There’s nothing like a behind-the-scenes post to cause ears to prick up. From kitchen sneak-peaks, to handbag essentials to daily routines, it’s tempting to find out more about an influencer’s daily life. I’m no psychologist, but I suspect that a desire to emulate the lives of those inspire us sparks this interest. However, we already know that the approach of “eat/exercise/live like me, look like me” doesn’t work thanks to a variety of factors including genetics. So in response to this, I’ve asked some health blogger’s to share a bit about their morning routines, including all the not-so glamorous parts. Each of these women are healthy in their own way and all have different routines, showing that there’s no one ideal approach.

Please note, this post contains a very limited demographic. It doesn’t contain anyone with a disability or chronic illness, parents, carers or even men. So even in my attempt to provide a response to the insta-perfect blogger, I definitely haven’t ticked all the boxes. I’m aiming to follow more people who break the cookie-cutter health mould, so link me anyone that you know!

Libby Horsley, accountant and PT

My day usually starts early where I’ll get up and head to a fitness class or the gym for a workout. I find exercising in the morning suits me better, as I don’t usually struggle to get up and out. When I’ve got an outfit out already there’s enough motivation to head out the door before 7am in the dark. 

I’m always hungry after exercising so it’s breakfast on the way to work, 99% of my morning posts on Instagram have definitely been photographed the night before, the reality is I’m on the tube eating out of a Tupperware container or at my desk in the city munching as I send emails.

Weekend mornings definitely involve a bit more of a lie in, although I still tend to get up before 9. Then I can head to a yoga class or meet a friend for brunch. I always make an almond or coconut milk latte to sip as getting dressed -decaf as after quitting caffeine. One of my 2018 goals is to bring my evening meditation forward to the morning – so this will have to fit in before the morning coffee!

Bethan Taylor, The Mental Health Podcast host

My morning routine is all about maximising my snooze time! Much as I wish I could say I was one of those people who jumps straight out of bed on the alarm, I’m just not! Seriously, I’ll keep hitting snooze until the very last moment. The one thing that does help though is my Lumie body clock. It is much nicer to wake up to a gradual light, and it means I can see to hit snooze! I don’t tend to spend a lot of time on getting ready in the morning – usually I’ll shower, throw on something comfy (yet work appropriate), and attempt to detangle my rather wild hair.

Make up rarely gets a look in, although I will always take 10-15 minutes to check in on social media and do any ‘blogmin’ that’s needed before Mike passes me my coffee, breakfast and lunch and I tumble out the door to work. It all takes about half an hour from beginning to end and means I get to stay all cosy in bed that little bit longer! 

Elise Evers, health economics student

I wake up between 6 and 6.30 – I’m definitely a morning person but I don’t like rushing so I try to give myself as much time as I can. My phone is plugged in on the other side of the room, but I often pick it up and get back into bed to scroll through Instagram for 5 minutes or so. I head to the bathroom and I get dressed and do my makeup, which takes me about half an hour. Nothing fancy; I’ve found a quick system that doesn’t take forever but still makes me feel good! Most days I forget to wash my face and my only beauty ‘routine’ element is moisturiser. Then I make breakfast and have a glass of tap water. If I haven’t got any leftovers to take to uni, I’ll make a really quick red lentil soup while I make and eat my porridge. I always have overnight soaked oats with chia seeds, cinnamon, oat milk and peanut butter in the morning. Unless there’s some sourdough kicking around! I generally sit down to eat and take a minute to relax.

Most days, I don’t make a hot drink, but I’ll sometimes have herbal tea – I save coffee for later in the day. I schedule a load of laundry if I remember to, pack my soup, some snacks and my water bottle and cycle to the library – I’m generally ready to leave by 7.30.

Katie Groome, insurance broker and freelancer

Every morning I’m woken by one of two things: the cat or my alarm which I will inevitably snooze, normally 3 times but that’s merely a minor detail. Since I’m holding my phone after pressing snooze far too many times, I’ll quickly scan across social media and read my notifications.
Then I’ll get up and head to the kitchen. Before bed the previous evening I’ll set up a coffee ready for the morning. Whilst the kettle boils, I’ll be looking at my phone. If I’m heading to the gym for a workout, my clothing will have already been laid out and packed alongside my gym bag. If not, I’ll head into the garage (we have a mini gym) and wear a mumbo-jumbo combination of pj’s and trainers. 
On rest days I’ll jump in the shower and get ready. Our lunches will always have been prepared the evening before as I value pressing the snooze button very highly and I’ll eat my breakfast at the office.

Rachel Evans, psychology PhD student

As a behaviour change psychologist, I understand the importance of habits and routines. Building a good morning routine is a positive thing because it allows you to go through your morning on auto-pilot and not waste time and energy making different decisions. For example, should you do a workout before or after breakfast? Essentially, it gives you more brain room to think about important things and makes your life easier.
In terms of what is a ‘good’ morning routine, my views have changed over time. I used to wake up at 5.30am, do a HIIT workout, drink lemon water and make a healthy breakfast. However, I realised that lemon water doesn’t agree with me, and I’ve started to enjoy a lie in!! I feel like many blog or social media posts about morning routines try and convince you that there’s a ‘perfect’ routine and that if you crack that you’ll have a super successful and productive day, and you’ll also be the pinnacle of health and wellness. However, there’s no one-size-fits-all, especially if you live with other people and have to take their needs into consideration.
In a nutshell – a morning routine can help you get things done efficiently and set you up for a good day ahead. But it’s important to consider your routine and how it’s working for you – don’t just copy a routine that you’ve read online.