Morning Routines


When you listen to top performers talk about their daily routines, one theme comes up again and again:

When you win the morning, you win the day.

And for good reason - the way we start our days ultimately impacts the way we’ll move through them. When athletes start their days with a strong, positive routine, they’re more likely to enjoy productivity, great training, and a good mindset throughout.

In this post, we’ll discuss the best morning routine for athletes and what you can add to improve yours. Add them to your existing evening routine for your most productive days yet!

Let’s dive in.

5 Smart Morning Routine for Athletes

Whether you’re a novice athlete looking to improve your health and wellness, or a serious high school athlete who wants to improve your performance and chances of recruitment, these morning routines can help:

1. Develop a mantra

A mantra is a word or phrase you repeat to promote focus and productivity. For athletes, a mantra can be a good way to “set an intention” for the day, or to stay centered and keep striving toward goals. Here are a few examples of athletic mantras you can use to start your morning:


  • “I am relentless”
  • “I got this”
  • “Create the best possible conditions for success”
  • “I am strong, powerful, and focused on my goals.”
  • “I am achieving and performing to the top of my ability.”


Remind yourself to repeat your mantra by writing it down and placing a sticky note on your mirror. That way, you’ll see it as soon as you wake up each morning.

2. Create to-do lists

Lists are a great way to keep yourself on task and make sure you’re not neglecting important deliverables. Instead of just filling your to-do list up with busywork, though, we recommend that athletes take an additional step: add a daily personal wellness task to your list.


For example, if you recently suffered an overtraining injury, your wellness task could be a massage or an ice bath. If you’re training for a big race or performance, your wellness task could be a home-cooked meal to fuel your body or a recovery walk with a friend. 


This simple step will help structure your day and keep you focused.

3. Practice meditation

Meditation is an excellent tool for athletes. Studies have shown that regular meditation helps athletes enhance focus, cope with pain, improve sleep patterns, reduce stress, and boost immune function. 


If you’re new to meditation, start with ten minutes a day on an app like Headspace or Calm. These apps are simple, easy to use, and excellent for athletes and non-athletes alike. 

4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

No matter what else your day has in store for you, be sure to start each day with a glass of water. Drinking water first thing in the morning kick starts your metabolism and digestive systems and gives you a leg-up on your daily hydration goal. 

5. Check in on your recruiting journey

If you’re working on getting recruited for your dream college, don’t forget to check in on your sports recruiting app each morning. 


Checking in frequently allows you to reply to messages promptly and keeps you abreast of everything happening in the recruiting landscape. 

Here at LUS, we pride ourselves on helping high school students get recruited to their dream college. Learn more or sign up today.