Whether you are a morning person or not, establishing a healthy morning routine can set a positive tone for the rest of the day. It will also allow you to create habits which will last your lifetime.
Many people are constantly looking for new motivation to live a healthy active lifestyle. Motivation seems amazing in the moment, but then nowhere to be found the next. It is then when you need to have healthy positive habits that are part of who you are, ingrained within you as an integral component of your life. That way even if your low on motivation, your habits will remain the same. Therefore, you’ll lose this yo-yo- diet mind set and stay on track to your goals forever. After all, fitness is a lifestyle not a fad diet.
Here are my healthy daily habits which start my day the right way:
I like to keep a journal for myself which notes down my goals for the day, my to-do list and how I’m feeling. By doing this, I know what I need to get done and I feel organised for the day ahead. This also gives me a chance to reflect at the end of the day, and establish what I can improve tomorrow. Whether it be PBs in the gym, life goals or just household jobs – I find setting goals and making lists really helps with productivity.
When you wake up, your body is dehydrated as it hasn’t had any fluids for 6-8 hours. Therefore, ensuring you are drinking water first thing is very important for our bodies. Water is essential for our bodily functions as well as being crucial for muscle growth and repair. Aim to have a glass before your morning coffee, or you could jazz it up by adding lemon or a fruit infuser!
I always work out first thing in a morning, if I’m not at the gym I will go for a walk with my dog to start my day. I find this helps me clear my head, have some time to myself, and means I can get on with the rest of the day. If you have a busy work life, getting a workout in early is so much easier. We all get it, that dreading feeling knowing you’ve still got to go to the gym after a busy day. Or worse still- the guilty feeling when you’ve had to work late or are too tired to go after work. So why not just go get it done before work then you can relax and enjoy your evening?
Food is Fuel
Ensuring you have a good breakfast is essential, especially if you’ve just worked out! Your breakfast will provide you your fuel to kick start your day as well as your body, so it is important this isn’t skipped! I almost always opt for a warm bowl of protein oats with a banana, and mixed fruit topped with cinnamon! That way I know my body is well fuelled with protein and carbohydrates to restore and repair my muscles. It also gives me energy to start the day as well as being super delicious!
Yoga & Meditation
If lifting weights isn’t for you, I also love spending 20 minutes of my morning doing some yoga followed by 10 minutes meditation. If you haven’t tried this before, please don’t be afraid of it! Just give yourself 10 minutes sat chilling out, not looking at your phone or on the internet – it’s worth it. Allow yourself some time to clear your head, breathe and chill out so you are ready to start the day.
Go on you can do it!
Even if it means having your alarm set 2 hours earlier, trust me it’s worth it. Implementing these tips into your routine will create healthy habits you just won’t be able to snap out of! Anyone can be motivated for a short period of time, but only someone with solidified habits can succeed for years on end.
“Successful people do what they need to do whether they feel liked it or not.”
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