Are you a morning person or a night owl? Well you can be both if you add 1, 2 or all of these tips into your morning routine. Your morning habits will set the tone for your day, so let’s start you off the best way.
Shake it out
What’s your alarm? Is it a catchy song? I have a song as my alarm for the mornings I’m getting up to train because I know it’s a morning I need to have some ‘get up & go’. It’s always pop, and in the past it has been Kylie, Jennifer Lopez, it’s currently Carly Rae Jepson ‘Call me maybe’ – oooh but my favourite one to wake up to is ‘Pony’ by Ginuwine. Anyway, pick a song to get your groove on as you’re getting out of bed, brushing your teeth or doing your make-up, something upbeat to get you moving.
Mornings are busy and hydrating is probably not the top job on your list, but this one is really important. After hours of sleep and not drinking anything, having water when you wake up is essential. Take a glass of water to bed with you, so you can drink it all when you wake up. And if you’re a coffee lover, it’s especially important to drink up beforehand!
This is the next level up from having a dance whist brushing your teeth. Who prefers to train in the mornings? I do! I’m in my best headspace and able to focus. Here are some quick reasons why training in the morning is an awesome habit:
- It kick starts your metabolism, which is what you need for your body to be a lean, mean fat burning machine!
- You’ll work up an appetite for breakfast, and because you’ve just put your body through a workout you’ll want to reward it with nutritious food
- Get a morning glow! Rosey cheeks and all things nice, but this glow can double up as a defence barrier against stress. “Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever. If you’re not an athlete or even if you’re out of shape, you can still make a little exercise go a long way toward stress management.”1
Herbal tea is a tasty way to work towards your daily water allowance. The recommended daily intake of water for a woman who is exercising is 2-3litres per day. It doesn’t all have to be plain water, you can add natural ingredients such as lemon, lime, cucumber, mint or berries to it. You can also drink herbal tea, there are so many flavours to choose from, you’ll be able to find a favourite. My favourites are Peppermint, Lemon & Ginger and Happy Tea. I have about 2 cups a day.
Happy Tea is from Your Tea’s Wellness range and is made with: Chrysanthemum, Barbary Wolfberry fruit, Hawthorn fruit, Lemon, Rose flower, Chinese Red tea. Traditionally these ingredients have been used to assist with:
- increasing mood
- calming digestion
- alleviating stress
- easing anxiety
Take a moment to be grateful
Your alarm clock is most likely on your phone, so when it’s in your hand it’s easy to scroll your social media feed to ‘come around’. Have you realised that before you’ve even woken up and given your brain a chance to think about what’s coming up in your life that day, you’ve thrown it straight into the craziness of everyone else’s lives? STOP. Turn the alarm off, or snooze, and focus on all the good things in your life, the people you are grateful for and the blessings that surround you. Wake up to your life first.
Feed your brain
The next time you rush out the door in the morning without something to eat, consider this: skipping breakfast can set you up for overeating later in the day. A healthy breakfast, on the other hand, can give you energy, satisfy your appetite, and set you up for smart decisions all day long.
“You want to aim for a breakfast that combines good carbs and fibre with some protein,” says Erica Giovinazzo, MS, RD, a nutritionist at Clay Health Club and Spa, in New York City.
Want some ideas:
- Oats with berries and a small handful of nuts
- Oats with berries and protein powder
- Mini frittatas packed with veggies (capsicum, zucchini, sweetcorn)
- Wholegrain toast with natural Almond Butter + Banana
What are your go-to morning rituals!? Let me know in the comments below so we can all help each other to get a grip on our morning!