Find out how UNITY founder-challenger Özil starts his day.
7.30am: My radio wakes me up between 7.30 and 8am depending on my schedule. The first thing I do is feed my dogs, Pablito the French bulldog and my pug Balboa, and let them out for a run around the garden. Balboa quite likes a kickabout so it’s a fun way to start the day.

8.00am: I usually have a green smoothie – kiwi, apple, cucumber and spinach is my favourite – and granola with nuts and pumpkin seeds. I’m a bit geeky about coffee and have taken a few barista classes to learn how to make the perfect cup. In the morning, I have a black filter coffee but later in the day I’ll have a flat white with oat milk. I always grind my own beans – for me it’s all part of what baristas call the 39-step ritual and I love the smell.

8.15am: As an athlete, I shower two or three times a day, so I’ve got an amazing wet room with a rainfall shower. I only use the UNITY product range because it doesn’t contain harsh ingredients and the skin is our largest organ. Mat and I wanted Body Boost Shower Wash to be energising and uplifting, so we included lime extract to keep it fresh – I use it in the morning to kick-start the day. I brush my teeth and make sure my skin stays hydrated with UNITY Face Wash and moisturiser, especially when I’m training outside in the wind and rain. Finally, I fix my hair with UNITY Hair Style Styling Gel.
DO YOU HAVE A MORNING WORKOUT ROUTINE?

If it’s a training day, I’ll do all of my exercise with my team at the training ground. Training with the team is very intense, particularly pre-season and around busy periods in the season schedule where we have more games than usual. Rondo is my favourite training drill and on non-training days, I’ll do some stretches and core exercises in my gym at home – usually sit-ups and running. I try not to overdo it just to make sure I get plenty of rest post-training and match days.

HOW DO YOU ADAPT YOUR MORNING ROUTINE IN DIFFERENT SURROUNDINGS?

If I’m on holiday – usually beside the sea – I wake up a little later and I’ll have a long breakfast surrounded by all my family and my dogs. Every year I go back to Zonguldak in Turkey – it’s a family tradition – and I also love the beaches around Izmir and Los Angeles. Training on holiday for me is usually just some jogging and swimming to keep my fitness level up. If I’m away with my team, my routine and training doesn’t change much – we pick up where we left off at the last home session and keep going wherever we are in the world. I think I’m so used to travelling around that I’ve managed to adapt a good routine that works anywhere; as long as I have everything I need for my morning, plus any essentials like my Beats headphones and my coffee, I can make sure I’m prepared for the day ahead.
WHAT HELPS YOU TO BE PRODUCTIVE IN THE MORNING?

Definitely listening to music. I’ve got “Hobby Hobby” by my friend MERO on repeat at the minute. He’s a new artist – you should check him out!

WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO TO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE DAY AHEAD?

Preparation for the day ahead starts the night before: I usually have a light dinner of salad, soup and vegetables then I try to go to bed in time to get enough sleep, which for me is at least seven hours. Before falling asleep I always make time to pray. Praying is my meditation and my way to wind down at the end of the day. I’m really thankful and appreciate everything in my life, so it’s important for me to end each day in this way.

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