5 health & fitness faces share their (totally doable) morning routines

From Wilda Fox to Sarah MacDonald and Molly Gay!

By Jess Arrowsmith • 3 months ago • HEALTH & FITNESS, HEALTH

If you ever wondered how your favourite fitness and health influencers or inspirations wake up and start their day on the right foot, look no further than here. Keep reading to find out these 5 Aussies totally doable morning routines. And grab your pens, these top tips are worth taking note of!

Lizzie Bland

Former professional ballet dancer and the founder of fitness studio, Lean Bean and Lean Bean Retreats in Sydney.

Wake up around 5am (my alarm clock is now a 5-month-old baby) but I’ve always woken up early as I go to sleep super early – around 8:30 pm if I can! 

I down a pint of water and brush my teeth. I don’t drink anything near bedtime because I was constantly running to the bathroom through the night so in the morning I’m pretty dehydrated. 

I brush my teeth and wash my face with cold water before breakfast because it instantly freshens me up if I don’t have time for a shower yet. When it comes to skincare, I have three asks – it’s got to be quick, easy and natural. With this in mind, I reach for my trusty bottle of RosehipPLUS Rosehip Oil every morning, slather it on my face and run, this is my all-rounder moisturiser.

At around 6:30 am I’ll have porridge with blueberries and peanut butter or some avo on toast (with sautéed spinach if I can). I’ll usually have a second breakfast around 10 am when I’ve got a break, as I need so much more energy than I did pre-baby!

I utilise the time my partner is at home so I can do laundry, dishwasher, clean the bathroom, etc. I’m the kind of person that needs a tidy house and a made bed to function so I always try and make time for it. I know what you’re thinking – since when did 28-year-olds get so boring?!

I charge my phone downstairs so I kinda forget about it in the morning. It’s normally a good hour before I get a chance to check messages and post on the @leanbeanfitnessau insta. I’ll then FaceTime our family in the UK before they go to bed.  

I’ll normally go for a dog walk with the baby and head to a cafe with friends if I’m not teaching, but if I’m teaching a class or private session, I’ll head to Bondi – usually with a baby on my hip and get to work! Being out of the house is essential for anyone with kids for your mental health- Raf can’t talk and even though I love him more than life, it can get very boring. I’ll do a Lean Bean baby Mumma’s class for exercise if I’m in Bondi but if I’m at home in Paddington I usually do a Bean Online workout in the living room or head to the park for a power walk. 

Sarah MacDonald

Meet 23-year-old Bondi-based, Sarah. She’s a law & media student, recipe developer, and fitness lover. Her blog, Sarah’s Spoonful, was born from her passion for living a balanced, healthy and happy life on a student budget. Sarah wants to inspire people to live a truly healthy lifestyle without rules or restrictions. She shares easy recipes, fitness tips and her favourite gyms and studios on her Instagram and blog.

The secret to a good morning routine is starting the night before. Before I go to bed, I always lay out my gym gear at the foot of my bed, pack my bag for work, drink a big glass of water, set my alarm and then turn my phone to ‘do not disturb’. I try to be in bed by 9:30 or 10pm. 

First things first, at 5:30 am in the morning: coffee! If I’m getting up early to start my day with sweat before work, the first thing I do is make a quick cup of Body Science Clean Coffee TX100. I like to use this instead of conventional coffee as it contains cortisol-lowering ingredients and MCT for sustained energy throughout my workout. I brush my teeth, have some more water, throw my hair up and my gym clothes on and get myself out the door before I even have time to miss my bed.

I normally start my workout at around 6am. Depending on how my body is feeling and what I’m craving, this could be anything from yoga or pilates to Barry’s Bootcamp or a circuit class. I use ClassPass, so I’m always changing up my workouts. I find this keeps me motivated and it keeps my body guessing, so I’m constantly challenging myself.

After I’ve finished my workout, I shower and get ready for my day and then head to work. Once I’m settled at my desk, I’ll eat my breakfast: normally oats cooked with shredded zucchini or cauliflower and topped with berries and nut butter. I prepare my breakfasts at the start of the week, so I can just grab a Tupperware from my fridge each morning to take to work. I like to wait until my morning has slowed down before I have my breakfast so I can eat slowly and mindfully.

If I’m feeling a little tired, I will have another coffee at around 10 am. I prefer to stick to one cup of coffee a day, but if I have a second it will always be a Clean Coffee to ensure that my cortisol levels don’t spike. I also always like to wait a few hours after my workout before having any caffeine. Once I’ve had my coffee, I’m ready to get going with the rest of my day.

Wilda Fox

Wilda Fox is an Australian fitness influencer and vegan advocate with an amazing story. After giving birth to her first child in 2016, Wilda gained over 25kg of weight. Feeling “disconnected” both mentally and physically, Wilda started doing bodyweight exercises at home with her husband Matt, this is where their home fitness platform Bodyweight Built was born.

My morning routine has become a really crucial part of my day. It’s probably the most important part of anyone’s day but is often overlooked. A good morning routine helps set up the day, put you in a good mindset and prepare yourself for anything that comes your way.

I like to get up before my son (3-year-old). This was something I decided to do, rather than let him dictate when my day started, I wanted control over it. So I will generally be up at 5:30 am, where I drink some lemon water and do some light stretching and yoga movements. By about 6 am my son is up and as I have made his breakfast, I’ll do a workout in the living room or the backyard, which most of the time can be summed up by being a 30-ish minute workout that is relatively intense. By 7 am I have done some yoga and a workout and showered.

Around 8 am its time for a walk and get Harley out of the house so he can run around. We walk, well I walk, he sits in the pram for about 25 minutes until I get to a café where I’ll have my morning long black coffee then head to the park next door and play with Harley. After that, it’s another 30 min walk back home by around 10:30 am-ish and I have had a really productive, energetic start to my day!

Libby Babet

Celebrity wellness expert and Biggest Loser trainer, Libby Babet, entered the health & fitness world after discovering she had chronic hypertension (blood pressure three times the normal level). Libby reversed these numbers with a lifestyle overhaul and is now a mum, author, presenter and founder of BUFg girls, Chief Bar and more!

Consciously choosing my first thought in the morning is something I’m really big on. I try to always remember that whatever I say after the words “I AM” is powerful, which is something I learnt from World Champion surfer, Layne Beachley. This means words like ‘tired, busy, rushed, overwhelmed’ are no longer allowed to come after the words “I am” for me. These days I consciously choose to put something positive after those two words, reinforcing thoughts like, “I AM healthy and happy” or, “I AM fit and strong” or, “I AM energised to lead this workout” or, “I am grateful for my career/daughter/husband/lifestyle”, or “I AM going to prioritise my work effectively today”. It’s a small thing, but it has a huge impact on your day and the way you communicate with yourself and others.

My alarm goes off at 4:30 am and I’m typically teaching at my studio, BUF Girls, from just after 5 am until around 8 am or 9 am. This means I need a ‘pre-breakfast’ before I teach and it’s literally always one of my own collagen-based snack products, Chief Bar or Beauty Food. They’re really light on the digestive system so I can workout at whatever level I need to within 30 minutes of eating them, and are also super satisfying because of the quality protein and healthy fats, so the bar fends off hunger until I’m ready for breakfast. This is literally the only snack food I would eat first thing in the morning because I know exactly what’s in it and that it will set my mood, hormones and metabolism up well for the day!

Post-teaching, breakfast is always my biggest meal of the day, I’ll have a few eggs and sourdough on grainy bread with some avocado and olive oil, plus veggies like spinach or broccoli and mushroom. Or if I have my toddler with me, I’ll throw loads of frozen veggies, berries, coconut milk and nuts into my Vitamin and blitz up an awesome smoothie. Lunch is pretty much always a colourful salad with some kind of whole carb like sweet potato or rice in it, and dinner is so random but almost always veggie based, as it’s quick and easy.

I’m a big believer in creating a movement culture and an outdoorsy theme for my life, so I try and check myself if I’m indoors or sitting down for too long – I don’t really do hardcore exercise and I don’t want anyone else to think that’s the only way to get it done! I walk and hike a lot, surf in summer, and in the gym I train multi-directionally with free weights and my own bodyweight, and dance around to the beat for cardio in my studio!

Molly Kat Gay

Molly is not only a Pilates and Barre Instructor at The Well Bondi, BodyLove Woollahra, One Hot Yoga and Vive Active, but she’s also a Founding Instructor for Barry’s Bootcamp Australia.

I’ve always wished I could be a morning person! Even though I wake up at 4:45 am most days of the week, I still find it challenging to wake up early, so there are a few things that I do consistently to make the morning better and more productive!

4:45 am – Rise & Shine! I stumble downstairs to make a coffee with a blend of adaptogens and some breakfast. Real talk, I know that it’s better to wake up and have some version of warm lemon water, but I don’t have a lot of time and need to get highly functioning and highly caffeinated ASAP! I’ve started drinking the Clean Coffee TX100, which incorporates a few of those good-for-you ingredients, so I don’t feel as guilty! While getting ready, I’ll review the classes that I’m teaching and schedule for the day. This helps me switch on and plan out what’s about to happen. Then, I write in the 5 Minute Journal App, which has been a game-changer for mindset!

5:20 am – Let’s get this party started! I’ll make my way to work and listen to a podcast. In the morning, lighthearted podcasts are so much better than listening to heavy news. It’s nice to slot into that mindset of being relaxed, grateful, and having fun, especially before teaching a large group of people.

6 am – Showtime! I’ll teach whatever class in on for the day, which usually keeps me busy till lunchtime. If there are only two or three classes, I’ll jump in a class after to get a sweat on. It’s such an important part of my day, which is why it’s a non-negotiable!

The rest of my day is filled with clients and meetings, so no two days are ever the same! Each morning can differ a bit, but I’ve started basing them around getting grounded and in a positive mindset, which I feel like has had a HUGE effect on my classes and the rest of the day. 



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