Fashion designer and ex-Spice Girl Victoria Beckham doesn’t have time to hit the snooze button in the morning. Nor does she want to. She starts her day early. And as her 17 million plus followers on Instagram will tell you, her morning routine is structured, dedicated, and pretty hardcore.
1. Two hours of fitness. Every morning.
As she once told People, the artist formerly known as Posh Spice doesn’t let herself sleep in. Instead, she opts for an hour-long workout before her kids are even up.
“I get up quite early, around 6 a.m., and do an hour in the gym before the kids get up,” she said. She then gives the kids breakfast, including puréeing avocados for her second eldest son Romeo’s avocado toast. Then, once kid-related duties are done, she heads for another hour-long workout before leaving for work.
You read that right. Not one but two hours of exercise every day. Aside from being a great way to wake up your mind and body, working out has been shown to help boost your body’s production of natural antioxidants, which help protect skin cells. There’s also evidence that exercise can stimulate skin blood flow and have anti-aging effects. So from a health perspective, Victoria gets two thumbs up on her two hours.
That said, if two hours of exercise every morning seems unmanageable or extreme for your fitness level, worry not. For most people, 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity exercise (such as brisk walking) or 75 minutes per week of high-intensity exercise (like jogging) is enough to stay physically fit as well as help prevent issues like diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
2. Two tablespoons of vinegar. On an empty stomach.
Always one to forge new trends—a few years ago, it was bee pollen—Victoria recently used Instagram Stories to shed light on her favorite thing to drink on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning.
“Be brave!” she told her followers, revealing that she downs two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (ACV) every morning on an empty stomach. Her brand of choice? Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, which contains what is referred to as the “mother”—the proteins, friendly bacteria, and enzymes that some believe are the root of ACV’s healthful benefits.
What are the benefits of apple cider vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is widely touted for a variety of purported benefits to body and gut. Some drink it to control the symptoms of digestive conditions, while people who have diabetes have found it can help control blood sugar levels. Some say it can even help with weight loss—in fact, there is clinical evidence that the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar helps reduce fat storage and increase fat burning. There is also some evidence that it may increase your satiety—meaning you feel full and therefore eat less—though more research is needed.
However, ACV is not all good news. Drinking too much can cause a number of unpleasant side effects. For example, feelings of satiety can also be joined by unpleasant bloating, loss of appetite, and nausea. And acetic vinegar can attack the enamel on teeth, leading to tooth damage. Those are among the reasons that drinking apple cider vinegar straight—as Victoria does—is generally not recommended.
To limit side effects and interactions with any medications, start with a smaller amount (a tablespoon or less) diluted in a glass of water.
3. A full face of makeup. In five minutes.
If you follow Victoria on Instagram, you know she loves a good makeup tutorial:
In a video shared with Vogue, the style icon showed off her five-minute, full-face routine which starts with cleansing, toning, and moisturizing her skin. She then applies a few basic touches, demonstrating how to make your face vibrant and polished in just a few short minutes. Thanks in part to her exercise routine and healthful diet, her skin doesn’t just look healthy—it is healthy!
While Victoria’s toned bod and glowing face are a testament to her dedicated morning routine, two hours of daily exercise and undiluted shots of apple cider vinegar may be more than the doctor ordered for most people. However, her dedication to working out, eating well, and caring for her skin are inspiring. With a consistent routine and a little “Girl Power”, you can mornings a productive time to get your body, gut, and glowing face in check before you start the day. Just remember: as with anything, don’t blindly follow celebrity advice or practices. Victoria’s routine works because it works for her—so make sure your morning routine works just as well for you!
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Allison Krupp is an American writer, editor, and ghostwriting novelist. Between wild, multi-continental adventures, she resides in Berlin, Germany. Check out her website here.