Some of us pop right out of bed when the alarm goes off chipper and ready to face the day while others hit the snooze button 10 times before dragging ourselves out of our cozy cocoon. No matter which type of person you are, we have five fail proof morning habits that will set you up for success each and every day.
Hydrate Early and Often
Drinking water immediately upon waking rehydrates you after your slumber and gets your metabolism revving. Staying hydrated is important for helping to keep your metabolism in tip-top shape, and if you are getting ready for your early morning workout class with Bootique (one of the best ways to start your day), drinking water before hand will power you through your sweat session as dehydration is one of the main causes of fatigue. Not a water fan? Adding some lemon or cucumber to your beverage will give you a little bit of flavor without added calories.
If you aren’t a breakfast person, there is no need to force feed yourself, but many fitness professionals consider a healthy breakfast an essential part of their morning routine. Choose a well-balanced meal that includes protein, healthy fats and complex carbs to keep you sustained until lunch. One of our favorites: Avocado Toast consisting of sprouted Ezekiel bread and half an avocado topped with an over medium egg.
Stretch it out
Break yourself out of the sleep fog with foam rolling first thing in the morning. Foam rolling loosens up the tightness from a night of sleep and activates your muscles to be ready for the day. If you don’t have a foam roller, stretching works to. Child’s pose, figure four and shoulder rolls are all good options.
This one is a little controversial but I’m all for it. Whether you prefer coffee or tea, enjoying a steaming cup feels like a warm hug in the morning to ease you into your day. Just make sure your morning coffee ritual doesn’t include creamers loaded with sugars as these negate the positive effects of your morning brew.
Set your intention
Energy is contagious, good or bad, so make sure you go into each day with the right mindset. Take a moment over your cup of tea or while you are in the shower to breathe and set your intention for the day. If you have a big presentation or a meeting with the boss, focus on what the positive outcome will look like. Shining your spotlight on the good of each day will get you ready to face anything that comes your way.
Question: What’s your favorite morning ritual?