In celebration of National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, we profiled four of the most influential women in the wellness industry to see how they optimize their day-to-day schedule. Click through the slideshow to see how they manage to do it all (in just 24 short hours).
FABLETICS’ CHIEF STYLIST GINGER RESSLER
Here our very own Chief Stylist—and daily dose of “you can do it” attitude—Ginger Ressler walks us through her entire day, down to the minute, to share how she balances carpools with creative meetings (and always manages to make time for a good workout).
6:00 AM – RISE AND SHINE
My schedule isn’t set in stone, so I adapt it every day depending on what I have going on. Generally, I’m up between 6:00 and 6:30 to start making the rounds of waking up the kids (fun), getting them in the shower (even more fun) and ready for school (the most fun)! I’m a big believer in morning showers; they always wake me up and get me energized for the day ahead.
6:45 AM – FOOD FOR THOUGHT
I try to have breakfast with my 3 boys (and my husband if he hasn’t left for work) while I’m feeding Gia, my 14-month-old. This is also last-minute study session time before school, so it gets a little hectic. Because I always have a larger meal after my workout, I’ll normally just have a banana and a nonfat Chai (for that little caffeine boost).
7:30 AM – HIT THE ROAD
I get everyone in the car with their bags packed and stomachs full! Thankfully my boys are all at the same school right now, but that won’t be the case next year. I really try to make the most of every moment we get to spend together (even if it’s in the car) because they’re growing up scarily fast!
8:00 AM – BREAK A SWEAT
By 8:00 I’m back at home and ready to start my workout. Along with family time, I make working out a priority every single day; sometimes I’m really not in the mood, but once I get going, I’m so glad I did. I like to mix things up but usually spend about 1.5 hours in total when you factor in warmups, cooldowns and stretches. P.S. You can always read more about my workouts here.
9:30 AM – REST & REFUEL
This is when I have my real “breakfast,” usually a salad with lots of lean protein—chicken or fish—to replenish my body after the workout. I also get to enjoy a little downtime with Gia; recently she’s had swim class, so if that’s the case we’ll fit that in before I start work.
10:00 AM – WORK, WORK, WORK
With Fabletics, no two days are the same! I could be meeting with different departments, giving hands-on styling direction or filming new workout moves. I either commute to our office, email and call nonstop from home, or travel to a shoot location—it definitely keeps life interesting! While I dedicate these hours solely to work, I’m always online responding to emails whenever I get a moment during the day. I also grab lunch during this time, which is usually sushi (my favorite).
2:45 PM – CARPOOL PART 2
This is where things get crazy. I pick up my boys from school and the cycle of tutoring sessions, sports practices and doctor’s appointments begins! As every mom knows, as your kids get older, their practices tend to get later, so sometimes I’m driving them back and forth for hours on end. I always keep plenty of gluten-free pretzels, almonds, cashews and water in the car so we have something to snack on.
6:30 PM – DISH ON THE DAY
It’s not always possible, but it’s my daily goal to sit down as a family and talk through the day together. Realistically, we end up eating at different times—as my boys finish practice/homework and my husband gets home—but I make sure to sit down and enjoy time with each of them after the craziness of the day. Dinner-wise, we’ll normally have something like grilled fish, a ton of green veggies and salad.
9:00 PM – DOWNTIME WITH DON
After homework has been done, the kids are in bed, I’ve answered more emails and the dog has been walked, I try to have an hour or so to just relax with my husband. We both work so much that we make a conscious effort to turn off our phones and take the time to talk or watch our favorite TV show together.
10:30 PM – READY FOR BED
I try to be in bed by 10:30 because a good night’s sleep makes all the difference in the world (and gets me ready to do it all again in a few hours)!
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