How To Do Your Morning Routine Like A Personal Trainer

Naomi Rotstein is a personal trainer and the founder of 1FitFuture and the 1FitFoodie podcast, where she helps women heal with their relationship with food, feel confident, and ditch the dieting. 

She’s a former fitness competitor, who has experienced her own obsessive food and body habits, leading to some major health scares. Naomi knows all too well the vicious cycle of bingeing and restricting, over-exercising, and not exercising at all. She now has helped hundreds of women with their own struggles.

What time do you wake up in the morning and how do you wake up?

I wake up anytime between 6:30-7:30 am most weekday mornings, depending on what I have my first personal training client! I have an alarm but it is the gentle alarm on the iPhone that slowly gets louder so it doesn’t disrupt me first thing in the morning!

What’s on your bedside table? 

I have a glass of water, chapstick, my book I am currently reading and my lamp.

Do you prepare for your mornings the night before? If so, how? 

Not so much! I wake up and I am good about getting right out of bed after a few minutes and cherish my time in the morning, so I will wake up, put on some clothes (athleisure apparel because I am a personal trainer and will be doing Zoom training sessions) have a big glass of water and then start a pot of coffee.

What are your skincare/body care rituals? 

I like to splash my face with cold water in the morning and spend a few minutes using the rose quartz roller on my cheeks as well as a vitamin C spray to wake me up! After that, I put on an SPF daily moisturizer first thing in the morning. As far as body care, I always set aside time for movement at some point in the day whether that be a strength training workout, a yoga class, or a long walk.

What does your morning routine flow look like?

Wake up, get dressed, head to the bathroom to brush my teeth, splash my face with cold water, and then the Vitamin C spray to wake me up. I then enjoy a big glass of water with lemon and then check to see if any of my clients have canceled or moved their sessions for the day. I try not to overload with social media, but I do need to respond via email or text to clients who need me! Then I have a cup of coffee with a splash of cream about a half-hour later. I start work shortly after that! 

When do you kick off your workday? And do you have any starting-work rituals? 

I kick off the workday anytime between 7-8 am depending on my first client of the day! The only ritual I have is water and coffee by my side in the morning!

How does your morning routine change on the weekends?

It certainly does! I sleep in a little longer until around 8 am, and I move a little slower. I enjoy the coffee I make on the couch with my dog, and have some alone time since my husband is not a morning person and sleeps later. Everything moves a little slower on the weekends!

What does your mindset look like at the beginning of the day? Do you have any tips or tools for getting in a good mindset? 

Tips for getting in a good mindset is setting an intention for the day. Each day it can be different. Today it may be: Be my most present self with my clients. Or on days I am doing a lot of computer work, it can be “make sure to take breaks every hour”  The intention is almost a promise to myself to help me stay focused and visualize a productive day!

What’s non-negotiable vs. what does an extra-luxurious morning look like? 

Non-negotiable is coffee! And extra luxurious morning would be coffee in bed while reading my book! 

What would you like to improve with your mornings?

I would love to be able to not look at my phone for the first hour of the day, and it is something I am always working on! 

What’s your #1 recommendation to others who struggle with mornings?

Visualize! If you are trying to get up and be productive in the morning, I always use visualization techniques! Imagine and think about all of the people UP and MOVING and getting so much stuff done before the ‘real’ day starts!! You can add so much productivity! Also…the brain is super sharp first thing in the morning
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