How You Start Your Day Matters A Lot

So many people I talk to tell me they hit the snooze button at least once before getting up in a mad hurry and rushing to get to work. Most people don't have enough time to eat breakfast, much less spend some time in meditation, get a workout in, and eat a clean breakfast. Often, they pick up a coffee and sugary treat on the way to work, if they're lucky enough to get anything at all; and while they have all the intention to get a workout during lunch or after work, there are too many days when something comes up, and or energy levels are too low to get that workout in. Much of the day is as rushed as the morning. The stress has caused mild to high levels of irritability and fatigue, so there's a need for additional caffeine, which only adds to the irritability. Hopefully this doesn't carry on to their personal/home life, but too often it does. Does any of this sound familiar? 

If you want a HEALTHIER and HAPPIER life, how you start your day matters a lot! If you are anything like what I described above, it's time to make some changes. Here are some tips to getting your day started the RIGHT WAY!

·      Plan to get up 1 hour earlier than you currently do. Maybe just do 15 minutes earlier the first week. Then every week set your alarm an additional 15 minutes earlier until you have a full hour more than you have now, which can be achieved in just 3 short weeks. Did you realize that most successful people wake up between 4:00am and 5:00am? Also, make sure to plan to be in bed early enough to ensure you get at least 7 hours of sleep, or more if you know that your body needs more.

·      As soon as you wake up, drink a large glass (16-20 oz.) of room temperature water with lemon and cayenne. This will wake you up, hydrate you, turn on your metabolism, aid with digestion, and add anti-oxidants.

·      Spend 5-15 minutes doing meditation or simple breathing exercises to just center and ground yourself. Start with 5 minutes of meditation/breath work when starting if you are only adding 15 minutes to your morning. Then spend 10 minutes doing some form of exercise (ie. a rebounder, yoga stretches, bodyweight circuit, Tabata intervals)

·      Spend 10 to 45 minutes exercising. Leave a few minutes to get in a healthy breakfast or post workout shake. If you are just adding 15 or 30 minutes to your morning, it helps to make your breakfast (or shake) the night before, so it’s ready for you when you are done exercising.

·      Listen or read inspirational material on your way to work. Take time for personal development as it completely changes the way you operate for the rest of your day.