How Ali Handley, Founder of BodyLove Pilates, Does Mornings

It's all about the kids (and the coffee).

No morning is exactly the same. And what works for one person, may not get another out of bed. That being said, there are some people who have done a damn good job at grabbing mornings by the horns and harnessing their power. As a part of our #MorningRoutine campaign, we are talking to a few of those individuals, taking a deep dive into their a.m. rituals and stealing a few of their habits for our own.

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EVERUP: When you hear the word morning, what comes to mind?

Ali: Early and busy; hanging out with my two babies.

Are you a morning person or someone who hits the snooze button five times?

No time to snooze sadly—but I have always been a morning person. Before I had kids I would always workout early.

What’s the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?

Get my babes out of bed, go heat up milk, whilst checking my phone and getting the coffee cups out!

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What do you typically eat for breakfast? 

My mornings are pretty hectic, so it varies, but I always share a handful of dates with my little girl. I’m Australian so Vegemite and avocado on toast is a big favorite in our house!

Coffee or no coffee?

Oh my god—coffee!!

Do you exercise in the morning? If so, what type of exercise do you typically do?

On the weekends, a combo of Pilates and running or Elliptical circuits. I also do barre and megaformer group classes.

How has your routine changed over the years?

When I lived in Sydney I exercised outside all the time—power walks, running and boxing in Bondi beach. When I moved to New York I mainly did indoor group classes—spin, barre, Barry’s, BodyBySimone. Now with two young kids it’s hard to get to so many group classes so I tend to workout in the gym in my building. When I travel I always do pilates and walk as much as possible!

What about technology in the morning? Do you reach for your phone right away or prefer to wait before delving into the news cycle, email etc.?

Sadly, I reach for my phone as soon as I wake up to check for work emails.

What about using technology to jumpstart your morning or make it more productive? Are there any apps or social media accounts that you utilize in the morning to get your day going?

I try to keep it to a quick glance at emails and wait until I’m away from my kids to spend time on social etc. What we do using tech is a lot of Facetime—the mornings are a good time to call my mum and brother in Australia so we almost always call someone while I give the kids brekky.

Which tasks do you tend to tackle first when you start working?

My to do-list is a list that never shrinks. So I usually review it, make updates and then add anything that happened over night.

How do your weekend mornings differ from the weekdays?

Weekends are much more chill. Both my husband and I have more time, no rushing off to work, so it’s all about spending time with the kids. Sometimes we spoil each other and let the other sleep in a little—by a little I mean 30 minutes. The 12 p.m. Sunday wake-ups are a thing of the past sadly.

If your morning routine is thrown off for some reason, does it have a big impact on the rest of your day?

No, I can roll with it. I never really know how smoothly my mornings will go with the kids so I can usually recover okay if I get thrown a curveball.

What’s one thing that you think everyone should do in the morning?

I’ve started drinking hot water in the morning thanks to my brother and I love it.