3 Things To Do Before 9am (For a Healthy Day)

3 Things To Do Before 9am (For a Healthy Day)


3 easy morning routine habits that I swear by for a healthier day

How you start your day defines how your day will go. Having a regular morning routine will not only help launch your day the right way, but it will also help you form healthy habits that will become like second nature to you.

But who has time for a lengthy routine every morning? Sure weekend mornings are sometimes less hectic, but most often weekday mornings are busy. I do these 3 quick morning routine habits to get my day started right (and I never skip on number 1, no matter what happens).


There are three things that I do every morning, and they help me to feel focused, calm and energized throughout the day.

I have noticed that when I skip any one of these (or all) in a day, my day feels chaotic and stressful, and I struggle to concentrate (I feel all over the place). If you incorporate these three things into your early morning routine, you might start to feel a significant difference in your overall wellbeing.

1. Drink water when you wake up (first thing)

Each morning, I drink at least 1 to 2 tall glasses of water. This has been proven to have many benefits – including helping to boost your metabolism, and promote clear skin. It also happens to be an ancient Japanese method believed to aid in healthy digestion – and you know what? The Japanese really knew what they were talking about! More recent studies have shown that drinking water when you wake up has more benefits than we ever realized – and does in fact help with digestion. (Try to use mineral water if you can.) I always feel so much more awake and energized after drinking water in the morning, so this is a quick morning habit that I never skip (and yes, you can still have your morning coffee, just drink a glass of water first).

2. Eat a healthy balanced breakfast (even if you just spend 5 minutes)

The first meal of your day is the most important because not only is it the first thing you put into your system, but it sets the tone for your day. I love nothing more than a big bowl of oats with some berries and almond butter to start my day off with, or some avocado on 100% whole rye bread. If you don’t like to eat breakfast, then make sure you have a healthy meal packed or planned for later in the morning or for your first meal – as the first meal of the day sets tone for entire day of eating! (Try to include whole carbs, healthy fats and protein with breakfast if possible.)

3. Do 5-20 minutes exercise (it’s not what you think, just get up and get your blood flow moving!)

 We all know that exercise releases endorphins – and endorphins make you happy! But wait, there’s more. It can also increase your energy levels, reduce your risk of chronic disease, help your skin look amazing, and can help your brain health and memory. What’s more, if you exercise first thing in the morning it also helps you to better focus throughout the day. Now, I don’t mean that you have to have an intense work out first thing in the morning – just something to get the blood flowing. Something light like my 16 minute HIIT workout, 20 minutes of stretching or yoga, or even just 5 minutes running on the spot. Anything to get the blood flowing.


If you do these three things before 9am every morning, you may notice that your days start to feel more productive, and you might start to feel a bit more balanced in the rush of life. Remember, you don’t have to dedicate a huge amount of time to each activity, just enough time to drink that water, get the blood flowing and eat a balanced and healthy breakfast!

Try to take a few minutes each morning to do something for you (something to start your day off in a healthier way – you could try one of the things on my list).


Photos by Liezl Jayne Strydom – for liezljayne.com / Additional photos by Unsplash



  1. Annemiek
    March 12, 2018 / 9:02 pm

    Yes, excellent tips! What brand is that gorgeous bike from?

    Happy Greetings from the Netherlands 😊

    • Annemiek
      March 12, 2018 / 9:04 pm

      I looked at the picture on my laptop and saw there is a brand name on there 🙈

  2. March 11, 2018 / 12:46 pm

    awesome post! I am so good about water and exercise but eating a good breakfast is more of a challenge for me! Always room for improvement!

  3. March 1, 2018 / 9:30 am

    I love this post, especially number 3. I really find that exercise boosts my mood and it would be amazing to do it in the morning. I have to try and drink more water as well. I will definitely do these things.

  4. anna
    February 28, 2018 / 5:14 pm

    Hi Liezl Jane! I really like your posts and videos! So, I’m italian (sorry for mine bad english) and I want ask you, if you can add italian measures (like kg ecc.).
    Thank you! Cheers <3

  5. Daniela
    February 28, 2018 / 2:19 pm

    Hey, Liezl Jane! I liked your article very much! And you are right! Drinking water and having breakfast should be a part of everyone’s morning routine! ❤ By the way, I have a question to you: at what hour do you usually wake up every day and when do you usually go to sleep? Thank you very much! Cheers ❤

    • Liezl Jayne Strydom
      February 28, 2018 / 5:02 pm

      Hey Daniela! Thank you! I’m happy you enjoyed it! I usually wake up at 6am – and I try to get to bed by 10pm – sometimes I fail – but that’s what I aim for – I always try to get 7 and a half hours of sleep – absolute minimum 7 hours – and 8 hours or more is like a dream for a busy lady you know 🙂

    • anna
      February 28, 2018 / 5:06 pm

      she said in her videos that she wake up at 6:00 AM. But I don’t reall know how she can do this ahahah

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