4 Things Successful Women Do Before 9 AM

Morning routines are important, after all, they set the tone for the day. We know how to wake up happy, and we know to remember that perfect is the enemy of good. Do things well, and don’t expect perfection. If your morning routine still involves a pre-coffee induced haze and bed hair, that’s fine too.

But as the season changes, it’s important to know what your body needs and find a way to give yourself the space you need. Every successful woman has built a routine in the morning, this is because your day begins the minute you wake up, and it’s important to feel your best. Treating yourself right will have a huge impact on everything you do, which is why you should want to set the alarm a little bit earlier and find out how these successful women live their lives before 9 AM.

1. Nourish their body

Lilly Simpson is the founder of The Detox Kitchen, so she knows a thing or two about how to feed yourself before 9 AM. In her blog, Lilly shared exactly what she eats in a day, and even before 9 AM she makes sure to have a filling, nourishing breakfast. Lilly starts the day with a black tea and avocado on mixed seed bread. This is usually around 7 AM. At around 8 AM she will have a peppermint tea, and again at around nine followed by a slice of banana bread. 

One thing that’s surprising is to find out that Lilly eats little and often, and also drinks a lot of tea. This aids digestion, helps you drink enough water, and can moderate your appetite if you find yourself peckish before 9 AM. To have a successful day, try eating a few small healthy meals and combine it with black or peppermint tea. Not only will you feel energized early on, but you’ll feel healthy, awake, alert, and ready to have a successful day by boosting your brain.

2. Make time to work out

Victoria Beckham makes the time before 9 AM her time to work out. She wakes up around 6 AM and does one hour in the gym before everyone gets up. This is her precious time for herself, while she’s working out she knows she is free from distractions. After a workout she will help her children and get them to school, before heading out to another workout before she goes to the office. She knows she needs to be disciplined to get things done and have a successful day.

Working out twice before your day begins might sound difficult, but you can always wake up early and begin the day with a yoga routine, before having a more intense HIIT session before work. Your body and mind will thank you if you make physical exercise a regular part of your morning routine, just like Victoria does.

2. Make time to work out

Victoria Beckham makes the time before 9 AM her time to work out. She wakes up around 6 AM and does one hour in the gym before everyone gets up. This is her precious time for herself, while she’s working out she knows she is free from distractions. After a workout she will help her children and get them to school, before heading out to another workout before she goes to the office. She knows she needs to be disciplined to get things done and have a successful day.

Working out twice before your day begins might sound difficult, but you can always wake up early and begin the day with a yoga routine, before having a more intense HIIT session before work. Your body and mind will thank you if you make physical exercise a regular part of your morning routine, just like Victoria does.

3. Take a moment for themselves

Isabel Marant is a super successful fashion designer, the pressure is always on to have a successful day, but to quiet her mind and get ready for the day ahead, Marant will go to a nearby pool and swim laps. She told Harpers Bazaar, “I need this to breathe and to handle my stressful days.” Not only is this good exercise for her body and mind, swimming laps allows Isabel to have a moment of meditation, to think things through and make better decisions.

Why not try to squeeze in a session at the pool at least once a week and see the difference it could make to your life. This morning routine is definitely one we can get behind. After swimming laps in the pool, Isabel will have a coffee and head to work with fresh ideas and inspiration.

4. Listen to their bodies

Misty Copeland is a ballet dancer for American Ballet Theatre. Her day-to-day requires her to be strict, self-disciplined, and incredibly fit. She has to start the day as she means to go on, which most of the time means a small breakfast, a work out to warm up her body and plenty of healthy snacks on hand for the day ahead of her. Misty loves to snack on kale chips, nuts, and lots of other foods that help her body function at its best. She will almost always start the day making sure her body is ready for the day ahead of her, whether that’s by doing calf-exercises to stretch out her muscles, or by hitting the gym.

She also swears by hydrating your body as soon as you wake up, saying that whenever she has problems with her muscles she’s told to up her water intake. She doesn’t drink any sugary drinks and instead tries to keep her body hydrated as soon as she wakes up. You can embrace this by writing out a list of things your body needs, or problems you want to fix with it. Do you want to be more flexible? Do you want to keep a log of what you eat? You can be like Misty and stay strict with it, eliminating foods that don’t make you feel good. Keep a record of your fitness and food in a fitness journal, like the Fit Is The Sh*t Planner, and add to it as soon as you wake up. You’ll be ready to tackle a stressful day in no time.

4. Listen to their bodies

Misty Copeland is a ballet dancer for American Ballet Theatre. Her day-to-day requires her to be strict, self-disciplined, and incredibly fit. She has to start the day as she means to go on, which most of the time means a small breakfast, a work out to warm up her body and plenty of healthy snacks on hand for the day ahead of her. Misty loves to snack on kale chips, nuts, and lots of other foods that help her body function at its best. She will almost always start the day making sure her body is ready for the day ahead of her, whether that’s by doing calf-exercises to stretch out her muscles, or by hitting the gym.

She also swears by hydrating your body as soon as you wake up, saying that whenever she has problems with her muscles she’s told to up her water intake. She doesn’t drink any sugary drinks and instead tries to keep her body hydrated as soon as she wakes up. You can embrace this by writing out a list of things your body needs, or problems you want to fix with it. Do you want to be more flexible? Do you want to keep a log of what you eat? You can be like Misty and stay strict with it, eliminating foods that don’t make you feel good. Keep a record of your fitness and food in a fitness journal, like the Fit Is The Sh*t Planner, and add to it as soon as you wake up. You’ll be ready to tackle a stressful day in no time.

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Beth Macdonald

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I'm the Managing Editor of CGD. I'm a graduate of the Penguin Writer's Academy and have published a short story. I specialize in copywriting, digital marketing, and research.

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