Nurturing a good relationship with the morning is vital to set yourself up for the rest of the day. Get mornings right and you’re saying to yourself and the universe ‘I’m ready for whatever you can throw at me today.’ Get them wrong and you might as well stay in bed forever like I did in the 1990’s.
So, today we’re going to take a look at some of the best practices that will have you up and at ‘em before you even leave the house. But remember the most important word in “Morning Routine” (after morning) is routine.
Stick with a routine for 21 days and it becomes a habit. The first few days might be a challenge, but soon, you’ll be loving the new you!
Your Morning Routine doesn’t necessarily have to start once you’ve showered, people in the know are suggesting that stretching right after you’ve woken up and are still lying in bed can be beneficial. You wouldn’t go for a workout without warm-up stretches, so it makes sense to gently wake up your muscles for the day, right?
Even Cosmopolitan magazine, bastion of looking and feeling good since Stone Age times, has reported on the benefits of in-bed stretching, from hip lifts to side sweeps.
Why not give it a go tomorrow morning?
We cannot stress the importance of hydration enough. That’s why, (whether you want to lose weight or not) the second thing you should do after bed-stretches is drinking at least 16oz of cool water.
Not only does drinking a pint of water help flush out toxins after 8 hours of sleep, it also fires up your metabolism by up to 24% for 90 minutes. But the best benefit is that after a pint of H2o, you’ll eat less throughout the day. One study showed that a glass of water before every meal helped people lose 4.5 pounds over a three-month period.
Why? Well, because water fills up the stomach with zero calorie liquid before a breakfast of Sea Monkeys! (Please don’t really eat sea monkeys)
Mix up your Breakfast
There are a million and one healthy, weight-loss breakfasts out there, so you never need complain about boring routines when it comes to the most important meal of the day. While the post-war advertising slogan “Go To Work On An Egg” probably wasn’t based on scientific research, today’s consensus agrees that high proteins and high fiber are the way forward…
Incidentally, please don’t actually go to work on an egg, I tried it, didn’t make it off the driveway, made an awful mess and ended up having to use the bike instead.
The high protein levels contained in eggs (so long as they’re not fried!) set you up for the day, so mix up your breakfast routine with Mexican Huevos Rancheros or poached eggs and avocado on whole wheat bread. The next day go for a green vegetable smoothie and the next go for fiber-rich oatmeal with almonds and berries – it’s thought that raspberry ketones breaks down fat within cells more effectively, which helps the body burn fat faster.
Early Morning Workout
We purposefully looked at stretching, hydration and breakfast first because it’s believed that up to 65% of weight loss can be attributed to diet while only 35% is down to exercise. I guess it depends on what you eat and how long you spend in the gym, but if you hoped this article was just gonna be about working out, well here’s the part you’ve been waiting for.
Truth be told, the most important part is that word routine we talked about earlier. Even twenty minutes walking on a treadmill is beneficial, but if you’re serious then try this quick workout before you hit the gym!
You don’t need to perform Tai Chi up a misty mountain or in a Japanese garden under pagodas and surrounded by red maples and pink cherry blossom for an early morning workout…
This five minute workout can be performed in your bedroom and not only increase your morning metabolism – but because it’s cardio/aerobic based, your body will continue burning calories even after you’ve finished exercising. You’re welcome!
We’ll be back very soon with more routines and yummy health recipes, in the meantime don’t forget to make your bed!