A Morning Routine To Set Your Mindset & Metabolism Up For the Day
A lot of people feel drained and moody throughout the day, but they don’t realize that what they do in the morning might be causing those problems to arise. It turns out that the little steps you take after waking up can have a big impact on the way the rest of your day flows, and on how you feel while you’re busy getting things done.
Healthy habits in the morning can help you increase your productivity. And you can use the quiet time in the early part of your day to set intentions, clear your mind, and reduce stress. That’s why I recommend establishing a morning routine that will benefit both your mindset and your metabolism.
It’s Easier Than You Think!
If you’re worried that you’re going to have to do a lot to reap the benefits of an effective morning routine, don’t be. With my simple tips, you’ll be able to get yourself into a positive frame of mind, and your body will be energized too.
1. Rehydrate Your Body Upon Waking
Your body is dehydrated when you wake up in the morning. Think about it: you haven’t had anything to drink in a while. If you’re getting the recommended number of hours of shut-eye, that’s around eight hours!
The first thing I do every morning is drink an 8-ounce glass of water. This allows my body to become hydrated again, and it immediately makes me feel more awake.
I do this before having any caffeinated beverages, but if you really don’t like drinking water first, you can certainly have whatever beverage you prefer, whether that’s juice, coffee, or tea. No matter what, it’s about replenishing fluids that you lost while sleeping, so any beverage is better than none at all!
2. Get Your Body Moving
Research has shown that, when you exercise first thing in the morning, you can boost your metabolism (great for weight loss!), as well as improve your mood. Plus, it can help you make better decisions throughout your day. So, get your body moving for about 30 minutes.
When it comes to what type of exercise you should do, it’s really up to you. I just want you to move! A simple walk is definitely better than no activity at all. Alternatively, you can use whatever exercise equipment you have at home. Or, you could head to a local fitness studio if you want to access their equipment or their group training programs to build strength and stamina.
A half hour is a good place to start, but feel free to do more or less. It can be a little challenging to get your body used to working out in the morning, but over time, it will adjust. And, as you reap the benefits of this strategy, you’ll likely find yourself motivated to stick with it.
Experience the Benefits of a Healthier Morning Routine!
The practice of hydrating and moving your body in the morning is a fantastic way to focus on yourself first, before all of your other responsibilities take over. Give yourself a bit of extra time, before you fully start your day, to take care of body and mind.