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Photo: Facebook/Kayla Itsines
Photo: Facebook/Kayla Itsines

Welcome to My Morning Routine, where Kayla Itsines and other good-life gurus share their personal (frequently surprising, often healthy) morning rituals—to help you make your a.m.’s more awesome.

Kayla Itsines
Global fitness superstar, Instagram celebrity, and author of The Bikini Body 28-Day Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Guide

I wake up every morning at 5:30 a.m. and immediately switch on my light to wake me up—if I don’t, I’ll snooze all morning. Once I’m awake I’ll grab my phone and check everything out for about 15 minutes. A lot of of people don’t think I do my own social media, but I do! And I’ll spend those first few minutes scrolling through everything I missed overnight. I go through my tagged photos and, now that I can bookmark photos—love that new feature—I’ll bookmark my favorites and the ones I want to post later, so I can remember.

I recently got a treadmill at home so my new thing is to walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes. In Australia, I’ll set the speed to 6, but I just recently learned that in America that’s equivalent to a 4—the hard way—I just set it to a brisk walk. I sort of feel nauseous in the morning if I do my normal workout, so I usually wait until the early afternoon—around 2 p.m. After I get off the treadmill, I hop in the shower and get ready for work—I still have a bunch of clients that I train at my gym.

I have a pretty intense skin routine every morning—I’m very disciplined with scrubbing and washing my entire body. I use a coffee scrub over my entire body in the shower and then once I’m out, I’ll wash my face—usually twice—use an intense hydration cream, put on sunscreen, and moisturize my whole body. I’ve been obsessed with the Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel lately—especially when I travel. It’s like a drink of water for your face.

After work, I’ll come home and eat breakfast. I have the same exact breakfast every single day—boring, but I love it. I have two pieces of toast, two scrambled eggs with sumac spice and kale, an espresso shot, and a cup of green tea. I also make sure to visit my grandma at some point every day. She makes coffee every single day at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.—if I miss it by even five minutes, she’ll say, “Sorry, better luck next time.”

Then, I’ll take the dogs to a local park during the morning. I used to walk them, but they’ve actually starting giving me shin splints, so I’ve had to stop. I’ll drive them over to the park and then let them roam and run free.

To help me calm down, I recently downloaded Headspace—especially when I’m traveling and something feels overwhelming or if I’m feeling carsick, I’ll just turn on the SOS meditation to relax. I was recently in Bali, and the traffic was so crazy, and I just closed my eyes and totally Zen-ed out. It was the perfect little me-time.

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