Starting the day with something energetic and healthful can make a real difference and set the mood for the rest of the day. Sadie, Founder of online luxury wellbeing magazine Hip & Healthy, shares her top five Hip & Healthy morning rituals in London…
1. Run along the Thames
I am lucky enough to live near the Thames in South West London and nothing wakes me up more than a quick jog. Running by the river never gets boring as the landscape is constantly changing and adapting. It’s even better if I can drag along one of my friends as we chat the whole way and the time passes incredibly quickly. If I’m running alone I either listen to a great podcast or a pre-made playlist. I actually find that some of my most creative ideas come to me on a run – there’s something about just being totally in your head with no interruptions that gets the juices flowing.
2. Green Juice
After my morning jog, I love to wizz up a quick green juice or smoothie. If I don’t have the time (or the ingredients) I’ll nip to one of my fave juice bars. At Hip & Healthy we love Retreat Cafe (Soho & Fulham), Roots and Bulbs (Marylebone) and Lab Organic (Covent Garden). Something with lots of greens but a bit of natural fruit sweetness is perfect – I’m not as hardcore on the green juice as I’d like to be.
On the mornings I don’t run, I try and squeeze in a quick early morning yoga class. Some people like to do yoga in the evening – which can be lovely – but choose the right class and yoga can be incredibly energising. I tend to go to TriYoga as they have studios in Chelsea, Soho, Primrose Hill and even Covent Garden – so there is usually one nearby wherever the day may be taking me.
I am incredibly fortunate that one of my colleagues (my amazing Editorial Assistant, Molly) used to be a personal trainer, so when I’m lucky (and she’s up to the challenge) she spends half an hour or so training me in our office gym. However, there are some days when training in the office isn’t convenient (read Molly has too much on to even think let alone train me!). On those days I try and get to either boutique gym like SP&Co, or spin studio Psycle (the latest spin trend to hit London).
After getting a bit of a sweat on I make sure that I refuel myself properly. It’s either Moma‘s No Added Sugar Porridge mixed with coconut milk, overnight oats at home (we have the most delicious recipe for this in out e-book) or a quick trip to The Good Life Eatery in South Ken (their Choc Norris smoothie is what dreams are made of and so good for you!) or the Detox Kitchen in Soho or Knightsbridge whose brownies are unrivalled… and totally an ok brekkie on the go (they’re sugar-, dairy-, and gluten-free!).