Magic happens in the morning. So, are you making the most of those early hours before the the hustle and bustle of the day hits?
Here’s how to establish a morning routine and live out the old adage, rise and shine.
1.Fuel Up On Healthy Foods:
I start my day with eggs, oats, and clean protein (my personal favorite is Ascent Protein). This mix of complex carbs and high-quality protein replenishes your muscles, gives you a boost of energy, and leaves your stomach feeling satisfied so you’re not hit with any sugar cravings or hunger pangs.
2. Give Gratitude:
There’s no better way to start the day than reflecting on the many things you’re grateful for. Look, we all have blessings. Taking time to appreciate those things will leave you with a positive attitude for the day. You’ll be radiating positivity as the rest of the world begrudgingly rolls out of bed.
Grab a pen and jot down what’s on your mind. Per the suggestion above, you can write down the things you’re most grateful for, take notes on your day, list your priorities, or simply perform a quick brain dump to clear your head. Regardless, getting what’s bouncing around your brain down on paper is a great way to start — and shape — your day.
4. Go Exercise:
Exercise = Endorphins. Endorphins = Happiness. Whether it’s a 5-minute walk, 15-minute circuits, or a 50-minute, full-body burner, the morning is the perfect time for a distraction-free sweat sesh. It’s too early for excuses :).
Regardless of your faith, I believe strongly in giving thanks to a higher power (#FaithFamilyFitness). Is getting down on your knees and clasping your hands the only way to pray? No. Perform your own version of prayer to practice your faith each morning.
6. Page Through A Book:
There’s something special about popping open the cover of a book in the morning. Carve out some time for continuous education via the written word. Books are fuel for your brain & even just a few pages each day can lead to major breakthroughs!
7. Make Your Bed:
I bet you weren’t expecting that one, huh? Trust me; give it a go. Not only is making your bed a healthy habit, it literally gets you out of bed :). This simple practice is a symbolic way of decluttering your environment. It will leave you feeling organized and ready to conquer the day.
Word to the wise: You do not need to do all of these things. Take a few of your favorites and craft your custom morning routine. Remember, early bird gets the worm!
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