I’ve been enjoying sleeping in a little this summer, but my son’s football camp started bright and early today so it was back to a 5:30am wake-up call to get my workout in before driving him to camp. To help my morning and workout get off to a great start, I do a few things to get ready the night before.
The first thing I do is look at my workout schedule so I know exactly what I’ll be doing for my workout in the morning. It helps me to know how long I’ll need in the morning to get in a great workout without being rushed. If I’m going to work it it also helps to have the correct workout clothes (from somewhere like https://www.ryderwear.com/) to help make my work out easier. I also lay out my mat, weights, water bottle, heart rate monitor, workout clothes, and anything else I may need the night before. You can find all of my fitness favorites in my home gym here. *
I also take a few minutes to visualize my morning and how great I’ll feel when I’m done with my workout by 7am. It may sound a little goofy, but it’s what I do. :)
I personally like to eat a light breakfast or pre-workout snack before I workout. This morning I chose 4 oz of 100% juice (4 oz is the Mayo Clinic Healthy Eating serving for fruit juice), some water, and one of these delicious cookies I made yesterday.
I had a few ripe bananas to use up, and instead of making muffins or bread, I thought, I’d make cookies! They were super simple to make with only 5 ingredients! The texture is more like a soft cookie/muffin and they were perfect for a pre-workout snack!
Here’s the recipe.
Banana Oat Walnut Cookies
Makes 8 large cookies
4 small ripe bananas
1 cup old fashioned oats (uncooked)
1/2 cup crushed walnuts
1 heaping teaspoon of vanilla brown rice protein powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
Simply mix all ingredients in a bowl and spoon and flatten on a cookie sheet. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Nutrition: 155 calories, 11g carbs, 5g protein, 7g fat
I started a new four week workout plan this week. I like to layout all of my workouts for the month on a calendar so I can see it all at a glance. I still keep a daily log, but I love seeing everything all at once when I’m planning. Above you see the one-sheet scheduler I use. I found it on a website that has various calendars available for free. It’s a pretty rustic little site, but I love the planners so I thought I’d share it with you. You can find the free workout calendars here.
I hope you find these resources helpful in helping you have a wonderful workout!