What kind of morning person are you? Do you pull the covers over your head when it starts to get light out? Do you get up to feed Fido then lay right back down? Hit the snooze button again, and again, and again? What if last night’s conquest is still snuggled up next to you? It’s hard to kick those covers off and get your body moving! But, once you’re up, we have some tips that will help energize you for the rest of the day!
Let in the Sunshine
Roll out of bed and raise the blinds, pull back the curtains (or peel off the aluminum foil—whatever you have to do) to allow those glorious rays into your home. UV light actually boosts mood and energy levels, so it’s a win-win scenario.
Chug Chug Chug
You can booze out later in the day, but first thing in the morning, you should start chugging water. Chris Bailey, creator of the website A Life of Productivity, writes in a November 2013 article, “One of the best things you can do after you wake up: drink at least 16oz of water. Water fires up your metabolism, hydrates you, helps your body flush out toxins, gives your brain fuel, and, may even make you eat less.”
Work it Out
You’ve gotten out of bed. Opened the curtains. Downed 16 ounces of water. But, you’re still sluggish. Probably the last thing you want to do is exercise, but even minor exercises (stretching, yoga, jumping jacks) will boost your energy and mood.
Not a breakfast person? Well, guess what—you weren’t a morning person either at the beginning of this article. But, you’re changing! Now, you want to do everything you can to ensure your day is started right. We keep talking about giving you energy to get through the hours ahead, but skipping breakfast will do anything but that—because, obviously, how can you have energy when your body is starving? Additionally, the benefits of consuming a nutritious breakfast are substantial. Improve your memory, lower your risk of heart disease, experience better focus, help prevent diabetes, and enjoy watching your unwanted weight come off.
You’ve set yourself up for success, now, don’t go and ruin it later in the day by raiding the vending machine when hunger pangs hit. First, ask yourself if you’re really hungry, or just looking for something to graze on at this time of day out of habit. Take a couple big gulps of water, and if you’re still hungry, then, of course, feed the need! But, make sure to have healthy snacks on hand.
Now, there’s only one way to find out if any or all of these morning habits actually work. Try them for a week, and see if you aren’t feeling healthier and happier than you have in a long time.