- Fitness expert Jillian Michaels talked to the authors of “My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired” about her typical morning.
- She doesn’t set an alarm because she has a five-year-old to jolt her out of bed at 6:10 every morning.
- Her routine is pretty set in stone since she has children and a farm to take care of.
- She has created flexible, quick workouts to squeeze in whenever she finds the slightest bit of free time.
This interview with Jillian Michaels is an excerpt from My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired, available now.
What is your morning routine?
My alarm clock is my five-year-old. He jolts me from slumber at about 6:10 every morning for cuddles. Then we get up and feed the animals (rabbit, pig, dogs, bird, chickens, ducks, fish, etc.). Yes, I am serious.
I’ll have coffee, and then we all make breakfast. After that, the kids get ready for school. Heidi, my partner, or I drop them off, and after that, the workday begins.
How long have you stuck with this routine? What has changed?
For about three years now, since we’ve been living on a farm. Because I have kids and many creatures to care for, my routine is pretty set in stone; they come first.
If I didn’t have kids, I’m sure I would wake up, hit the snooze button, have a quick five-minute meditation, and then have coffee and catch up on the news for fifteen minutes. After that, I would probably start answering my emails while having breakfast, and then I would shoot off to the gym. But that is pretty much a fantasy for at least another thirteen years.
Do you do anything before bed to make your morning easier?
I prep everything the day before. I make the kids’ lunches so they are ready to grab and go. I prep all the animals’ breakfasts. We lay out clothes for the kids.
Can you go into more detail about your workout routine?
I squeeze in my workouts whenever I can. I think it’s so important to have portable, quick, and easy fitness solutions. I created an app knowing that most people are strapped for time. They don’t have the luxury of choosing when they train or of planning all their meals. My app allows you to work out anywhere, whenever is convenient for you, and it customizes the workouts based on your goals, time frame, fitness level, and the equipment you have available. Even the meal plans have simple, quick, easy recipes, and grab-and-go options to ensure you can be successful no matter how busy you are.
When do you check your phone?
As soon as I get out of bed. As a business owner, this simply comes with the territory. It’s important to know if there is a problem brewing, and putting fires out early and quickly is a big component of success.
How does your partner fit into your morning?
My partner is exactly that—my partner. We divide and conquer the chores to get them all done.
What happens if you fail?
It really doesn’t affect me. As long as I caffeinate and eat, I am pretty adaptable.
Benjamin Spall is the co-author of My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired, and the founding editor of mymorningroutine.com.
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