A healthy morning is a great way to start off your day. Being productive in the morning can make or break your day. Because of that, I want to provide you with 5 tips to have a healthy morning. Just the thought of waking up sucks. I don’t know about you but I love my sleep. It feels good you feel cozy and you don’t have to do anything. Unfortunately, we can’t be asleep all day. I was told during my training with the Marine Corps that how you start your morning matters. Getting on the right foot is just the momentum you need to carry you to the finish line. So, how do you get a good start to your morning? Well, read on and I’ll provide you with 5 tips for a healthy morning.
Wake up Early
Shocker right? As the first tip for a healthy morning, this is as simple as it gets. Waking up early is very important. Being an early morning riser can provide you with extra time to exfoliate, moisturize and cleanse. People who wake up early also tend to have regular sleeping habits. Unlike the night owls who keep erratic sleeping schedules. Having a predictable sleep routine ensures that your skin gets proper time to rejuvenate. It also provides you with a routine. Most people think routines make life dull…well it does, sometimes. But knowing that you are going to have a great day is way better than wondering what the day will bring.
I won’t lie to you and say that you will be able to do this right from the get-go. Waking up early and being able to function, like any habit, takes time. If you find yourself just screwing this up after 3 days at a time, don’t quit or stop trying to wake up early. Keep providing the effort to wake up early and eventually down the road it will become just as easy as breathing.
This is another no-brainer. Your body needs water in order to function. If you are properly hydrated through the day you will always have the energy to get sh*t done. The reason why you feel so gloomy in the morning is that, assuming you are, getting 8 hours of sleep that is 8 hours where you are not drinking water and hydrating your body. So, getting that water in the morning is vital. Here is a really good article explaining that.
Drinking water first thing in the morning helps fuel your brain. When it comes to daily productivity, hydration is crucial. The human brain is made up of 73% water, so staying hydrated is especially essential for maintaining optimal brain activity.
There are many reasons why working out in the morning is a great way to start your mornings from the boost of energy to the great sleep that you will get during the night and honestly you just get it out of the way.
Working out in the morning isn’t just good for sleep, it also enhances your metabolism. How do you ask? Well, what is called Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) is a buzzword in the fitness industry. Basically, it means that your body burns more calories after your workout, even when you’re sitting at a desk or driving in your car. Studies have shown that you can burn up to an extra 190 calories in the 14 hours after exercise when compared to those who didn’t exercise at all!
Not only that, but it also helps improve your physical and mental energy. This one seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised about how many people overlook this aspect of working out. I know that after I workout I have a boost of adrenaline and energy that usually carries me through the day. Studies have shown that getting your blood pumping with a workout in the morning does a better job at providing you with energy than coffee! On top of that, you also feel accomplished for getting something done. You can use that momentum to move you through the day and build confidence as the day goes on.
Eat a Good Breakfast
I could write an entire article on why breakfast is the most important meal of the day, in the meantime I will just give you a few reasons why this will give you the boost you need. Many people skip the morning meal because they’re rushing to get out the door. This is a mistake. You need food in your system long before lunchtime. If you don’t eat first thing in the morning, especially after a workout, you may get so hungry later on that you snack on high fat, high sugar foods.
It also helps you focus better, much like the previous things mentioned it provides you energy and the fuel you need to perform at a high level. Doing everything that I have already mentioned will provide you with a compounding amount of energy and focus to make anything possible.
Now let’s get to what you should eat. Everyone has their preference, personally, I have a smoothie that contains some whey, fruits, peanut butter, oats, and almond milk. Totaling out at over 1,000 calories. Not saying that is what you should or have to do, I work out hard and a lot so I need the calories. The point I’m trying to make is that the meal has to be healthy and provide you with nutrients that your body needs. A Donut will not do it!
Instead try a whole-grain cereal, low-fat milk, and fruit, or a breakfast smoothie(like me), yogurt, or for easy quicker option nuts or whole-grain granola bars.
This is another topic that I could write an entire article about. But here are a few reasons why. Life can get stressful and it goes by fast. For me, Meditation helps me slow down life and live in the moment for once. It is probably the single best thing for your emotional well-being. The best time to meditate is in the morning when no one is around to bother you and that is the best time to have some time for yourself. This is where meditation kicks in it set the tone of calm for the entire day. That way you can methodically solve problems and deal with issues with a clearer picture.
It gives you more energy. The endorphins released by meditation aren’t just good for your emotional well-being. They’re also energy boosters. Morning meditation will make you feel more awake and alert. I’ve also noticed that I drink less caffeine throughout the day, which means there’s no mid-afternoon energy slump. This means you can bulldoze through the competition as they start lagging behind because of the sugar high wearing off.
Like most things I have put on this list, meditation builds focus. Having ten minutes of silence and stillness each morning allows your subconscious mind to do good work behind the scenes, which means that you go into each day with a clear focus on what your priorities should be. I’ve been able to maximize my productivity because morning meditation gives me so much direction and clarity.
And Finally, it’ll give you an overall sense of well-being. You’ll still have to accomplish things but this time around with a calmer mind you can feel a little bit more relieved after each accomplishment. You’ll be a happier person because of morning meditation.
This is an exhaustive list. I wanted to provide these 5 tips for a healthy morning because there was a time when I really needed them. So, I wanted to share what I’ve learned throughout my journey and hopefully spare anyone reading this some heartache. If you hadn’t noticed each of the things mentioned above provides you energy, physical and mental well-being, focus, and a sense of self-worth. All of those things are important to your daily life and living a life that you feel excited about. Being healthy isn’t about how good you look in the mirror, it’s supposed to be how you feel.
The way you start your morning matters. It can be the difference between a great day and a bad day. If you start your morning off right and have your routine set you will more than likely always have a good day. Having one good day after another has a compounding effect not just on your body but also on your life as a whole. Hopefully, these 5 tips for a healthy morning will help you give your mornings a boost!
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