Top 7 Tasks To Do Before 9am

Let’s face it, sleeping in is a must from time to time. However, it creates a better feeling of accomplishment after getting morning tasks done early. It’s a great kickstart to anyone’s day!

[We are warning you, a lot of these tasks were part of our August goals as well, however lets see how we implement them into our morning routines!]

Whenever Becca + I have to be at work/class by 9am, sleeping until the latest moment possible was always our thing. Lately, we’ve been getting up earlier + doing these 7 things before heading off to work + #LetMeTellYou, we’ve changed as morning people. These simple tasks are so effective + give us more energy to continue the our entire day.

Top 7 Things To Do Before 9am

    1. Don’t Touch Your Phone! We have a horrible habit for checking our phones the second we wake up. Checking text messages, emails, social media. We know we’ve all mastered the one eye squint to look at our bright screens in the dark. Lately, we’ve tried to refrain from using our mobile devices or any technology right when we wake up. It gives our bodies a chance to wake up + perform more important things.
    2. Stay Hydrated. Drinking a glass of water right when we get out of bed keeps up our metabolism + energy throughout the day. Not only does the cold water wake us up, it gives our bodies a quick cleanse before we give it more fuel .
    3. Eat a yummy + nutritious breakfast. Even though this is a no-brainer, we still struggle with this one. When we are rushing out the house, we aren’t thinking about making a healthy meal, we need to grab something quick + get the heck out of there! However, the saying does go, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” + they have a point. Our favorite quick breakfast option is simply a bowl of fruit. file_001-1.jpeg
    4. Get the Body Moving.  A workout to start your day is beneficial for the body + mind. Going to the gym, jogging around the block, or doing yoga in the family room are a few of our workout options. We just want to get moving in the morning. One thing that motivates us is having your workout clothes already out the night before so when you wake up it haunts you to put them on. We try to perform activities that challenge us to get a good sweat in + get our heart rates going such as a yoga or spin class!
    5. Relax in a Quiet Place. Sitting outside on the porch + reading a chapter of our favorite books is the time to relax the mind + body.  Taking a few minutes out of our busy mornings to just do nothing + relax. We as individuals stress out about many things so these calming moments restart our focus + begin a clear mind for the day.File_002
    6. Perform Small Simple Chores.  Make the bed. The easiest task to do in the morning + we still manage to be too lazy to do it. Simply making the bed makes us feel complete + ready to do more simple tasks. It literally takes 1 minute to make the bed, so this task should be a must. Other simple chores may include starting a load of laundry, or placing the dishes in the dishwasher. Again, simple tasks we are still too lazy to do but after doing them, we feel accomplished. Bonus points for having less work to do when we get home.
    7. Create A To-Do List. Write a simple to-do list + plan out the day. This keeps us organized + helps us complete our tasks. We love to be organized so this task is a fun one for us!File_000 (34)

Hope you enjoyed our top morning tasks! Tell us your favorite morning tasks in the comments below!


 

 

What to Expect from Spin Class

With being athletes most of our lives, working out at a gym became part of our daily routine. Even though on some days the most difficult part was getting there, we managed to push each other to go. We typically had a workout plan with us during training for our basketball seasons, so we never felt it was necessary to try the fitness classes offered at our local gym. Man, do we regret that. A couple of months ago, both of our basketball careers came to an end but physical activity was still part of our lifestyle. Instead of pushing hard on the weights, we decided to start taking classes the gym offered. Spin class became one of our favorites. If you are interested in trying out these classes, here’s what you should know

What is it: The best way to describe Spin class is indoor cycling. Members sit on stationary bikes and perform variations of speeds and resistance. Certified “spinning” instructors are the only ones who are allowed to lead this specific class + are used as a guide throughout the 40-60 minutes. This activity is a cardio/aerobic workout sequence that is set to music. If that’s not fun enough, the rooms are usually filled with mirrors on the wall + the only source of light are black lights mounted at the front by the instructor. Wear a bright neon shirt + you’ll be the life of the party!

What to expect: The instructor is there as a guide. If you want to go at your own pace, so be it! The instructor should give you general tips on amounts of resistance, how fast to pedal, how hard you should be working, and when to perform various movements (standing, sitting, sprinting, etc.) Depending on how hard you want to work, you can recover, slow down, add or take away resistance at your pace. For beginners, it will take a few tries to get it down at first. Spinning will make you feel fatigued in your leg muscles but no matter what, don’t stop pedaling! Yes, you will be sore, even from sitting in the saddle. That’s normal, but that soreness generally goes away after a few times. Remember to always bring a water bottle to stay hydrated!

Who can do it: Spin is a great activity for those who want a motivating workout at their own controlled  pace. It is low-impact, which is perfect for those who have knee problems (any athlete), joint pain, or would like to balance out higher impact training, like running.

Where to go: Spin is pretty common in most areas. They are offered at almost every gym or fitness center, as well as spinning-specific gyms. Two spin-specific places I recommend are  The Madison  in Tempe, Arizona +  Bike 2 the Beat in Newport Beach, California . Both are great places + we had great experiences and instructors!

What to wear: any workout clothes is suitable for this class. However, I recommend wearing leggings as bottoms because it is more comfortable on the saddle. Also, if you have them, padded cycling shorts would be ideal + will increase your comfort. Workout shoes or cycling shoes (that clip into the bike pedals) will be perfect!

Our tips: If this is your first time, show up early! Let the instructor know you’re new + ask them any questions you may have about the class, and if they can help you set up on your bike (which can be tricky). The main thing to gather from this class is to monitor your intensity + work at your own pace. Everyone is different. Be your own judge. Another tip is every instructor is different. So if you didn’t enjoy the first time, try a different instructor or location. Give it a chance with a few different classes before you decide it’s not for you!

Happy Spinning xoxo