There is an absolute truth in the adage, “Morning shows the day”. Our mornings can definitely determine the make or break time that sets us up for a good day or a bad day. It all depends on how we begin our day once we are up after a good night’s rest.
Here are a few morning habits you can adopt and keep yourself fit and happy all through the day.
1. Wake Earlier
It seems there are endless articles online espousing the benefits of waking earlier. But when you think about it, this really is the key to overhauling your morning routine. With more time, you are free to develop the habits listed in this article and actually enjoy the morning free from the pressure of having to rush out the door.
2. Drink a glass of warm water
It is always good to rehydrate yourself first thing in the morning after you have gone without water for about 7-8 hours. Having a glass or two of warm water is a great way to wake your internal organs and get your body going.
A glass of warm water with a slice of fresh lemon will also help eliminate toxins in your body, hydrate the lymph system, purify and stimulate the liver, aid digestion and also enhance weight loss. Lemons are high in pectin fibre, which help fight hunger cravings.
Many of us reach out for a cup of tea or coffee first thing in the morning. Ditch the habit and switch to plain warm or lemon water instead. You will eventually feel and look better. The milk and caffeine in your tea or coffee can also add on to your calories.
4. Visualize the Day Ahead
A simple, yet extremely powerful, exercise to practice in the morning is to shut your eyes and visualize how you want the day to unfold. This will give you direction as you go about your day and help you to avoid getting distracted with “urgent” but unimportant tasks.
5. Eat a Nutritious Breakfast
A nutritious and balanced breakfast is essential if you want to fire up your metabolism and keep yourself powered up throughout your day.
“Simple carbs release sugar in the body at a faster rate than complex carbs, fats, and protein, and give the body an immediate “up” feeling. But it is short-lived, and if you are in the habit of a high carb breakfast you are constantly fighting a battle for energy during the day.”
So forget the carbs and instead eat whole-grain cereal, eggs, fresh fruit or a even a health shake for breakfast.