Morning Routine

So here it is...my morning routine.

I am a very particular person and despite living in a home that can sometimes feel chaotic with 4 kids under 12 years old, I maintain certain habits daily. Most of these habits take place between the hours of 4:30am and 5:00am as part of my morning routine. The key being, before anyone is awake!   Generally, I get out of bed, take a few minutes to say my prayers and meditate, and then take my heart rate variability (see my blog on readiness to train) "Are You Ready To Train" 
Depending on the time of year, I expose my eyes to a few minutes of strong blue light. I do this in the bathroom while doing my hair..psyche! just seeing if you were paying attention! To get my body awake I like to do downward dog to high plank to low plank to upward dog for 5 – 7 rounds (depending on the day).  Then, I go to the kitchen to chug 16 ounces of cold water with 2000mg of Fish Oil.  If everything else in my day falls apart, at least I know I got it off to a good start and put myself in a better place to accept what comes.  
                  So now that you know the gist of my routine let me tell you why I do, what I do!  First off, doing these things first thing in the morning ensures that I will keep doing them. It’s what works for me.
I like praying and meditating because it gives me a chance to stop and appreciate all that I have and keep that at the forefront of my mind as my day unfolds.
Next, heart rate variability, this lets me know if I am getting enough sleep and recovery.  It helps me gauge how hard I should train on that day. Heart rate variability is a way to measure nervous system input that plays out in measuring the timing between the beats of the heart. "Heart Rate Recovery Blog"
Since I know that cognitive brain function is optimized at 8.5 to 10 hours I make sure this is in check. If I sense that I am in need of more recovery,  I can skip a workout that day or get more sleep that night.
Blue light. This is the kind of full spectrum light bulb or lamp  that helps to set your circadian rhythm each day.   Not to mention the fact that exposure to blue light earlier in the day helps with hormone function and promotes better sleep at night. I tend to use it more in the fall and winter since I am up before the sun. The movement/yoga flow is a way to get my blood circulating and help me hit those end ranges of motion that I am always working on.
After a long night’s sleep I like to drink cold water in the morning to get the thermogenic effect. Basically, studies show that cold water first thing in the morning can have a significant fat burning effect.  I tend to change things up after a while as I experiment with different supplements and other methods, but for the most part this is what starts off my day.  
What routines do you have in your day?  Hit me with an email and let me know.