HEALTHY MORNING HABITS
Think about it: What’s the one habit that you do every single morning? Whether
it’s healthy or not, everyone has a morning routine. Every morning, the choices
you make can set the tone for your entire day and affect your health, for better or
worse. Unfortunately, we all know how easy it is to get off track when you feel
pulled in a million directions as soon as the alarm goes off.
If you start your day on a healthy note, chances are it’s probably going to benefit
you for the rest of the day. And while there are many things you can do in the
morning to have a healthy routine, eating well is the first step. A well-fed body is
a well-fuelled mind. People who exercise in the morning may burn more body fat
and stress less. Plus, there’s more to a successful morning routine than eating
right and exercising. Here are a few ways you can start your morning on a healthy
MEDITATE OR JOURNAL WRITING
This gives us time to be present and focus on ourselves before we give ourselves
to the day. Journaling is a great way of putting your thoughts down, identifying
what thoughts you should focus on and what thoughts you can let go of … it
decreases brain clutter.
DRINK SOME WATER
The benefits of drinking water are very well known. You know you should be
hydrating throughout the day, but a glass of water in the morning kind of gets the
whole process going. Not just physiologically (because, hey, you’re getting some
water in your body after eight-ish hours of not drinking), but also mentally.
AVOID THE SNOOZE BUTTON
Waking up once is difficult, so why make yourself do it, two, three, or half a dozen
times? Hitting snooze can leave you feeling worse than getting up when the alarm
first goes off. Set your clock for when you need to rise and get out of bed the first
TAKE A COLD SHOWER
Start your day with a cold shower, or at least start it cold. It wakes you up and
energizes you like nothing else, and when you finally turn the water warm, you
appreciate it 1,000 times more.
STRETCH YOUR BODY
Anyone can enjoy a good stretch in the morning. It doesn’t have to be a full-on
yoga routine or even have the purpose of supplementing your regular workout. It
can just be a way to get your blood flowing and to tap into the nice feeling of a
good stretch. Of course, stretching properly to avoid injury is extra important,
especially in the a.m., when you might be stiff and not properly warmed up. This
full-body stretch is a good place to start.