Plan your week around when you are going to work out; your morning routine will be much easier. Commit to working out on the weekends, so that you only have to get up a few mornings each week. Let's say you plan on exercising in the a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays — that also means Monday and Wednesday you'll know not to go out for late-night cocktails. (Go for happy hour on Thursday; you already got your workout in.)
You don't want your workout the next morning to be your arm slamming on the snooze button, and you also don't want to trudge through a workout on little to no sleep.
You'll shave (pun intended) minutes off of your shower routine by taking care of the stubble 12 hours earlier.
You want to shave minutes off your morning routine wherever you can, and packing your gym bag is a place you can save time easily.
Did you pack absolutely everything you need — two clean socks, toothbrush, toothpaste, makeup, change of clothes, plastic bags for sweaty post-workout clothes? And don't forget the less obvious — a lint roller, Tide To-Go and wrinkle release spray... in case of any emergencies.
You'll want an extra change of clothes, deodorant and toothpaste just in case. Save yourself the anxiety.
Your mom did it when you were a kid, and so can you. Pack a healthy lunch the night before, so that you don't have to do it in the morning. (An added bonus is that you'll save money that way, too.)
Protein bars, a yogurt — or even a banana with peanut butter — offer you the energy you need without costing you a ton of time.
If you take a heart-pumping class, like spinning, you know you'll get a full 45 minutes to an hour of intensity, which will be well worth it. With someone timing your workout and pushing you to work harder, you won't have to tack on extra minutes in case you felt like you were lagging.
Cold water, as unpleasant as it can be, will get you in and out of the gym shower in no time. Save the spa shower for the nighttime. But if the gym locker room still has you feeling dowdy, spritz yourself with your favorite body spray.
Blot it with a towel first to help it dry faster. A microfiber towel is especially useful for curly hair .
Benefit has some amazing kits that will leave you looking and feeling gorgeous and fresh for work. Confessions of a Concealaholic will quickly conceal any zits or puffiness. Cabana Glama gives you a quick beachy glow, with a foundation faker and a posie-colored cheek stain. Remember — you can look fresh, awake, flawless and work-appropriate without a spa makeover. (Plus, you're gorgeous anyway, and you're glowing with workout endorphins.)
A little concealer, mascara and lipstick go a long way. Tart's Maracuja concealer is a cure-all, and makes you look like you're totally rested. Good-bye, bags under the eyes! Dab the concealer under your eyes and only uneven spots, and use some mascara (Clinique's High Impact mascara does the trick), and then dab a very light amount of lipstick on your cheeks. It's the original cheek stain, and it gives you a natural, fresh, awake look.
With one less thing to lug back and forth, it could potentially make your gym-to-work routine easier.
... and see just how fresh, beautiful and work-ready you look. Who's that dewy lady with a morning glow? That's you. And you still have time to grab coffee before work. Not so hard after all, right?
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