A healthy lifestyle doesn’t just happen all at once – it’s a combination of habits that become easier and easier day-by-day. These accumulate together to craft the lifestyle you desire… and it all starts now, with a single decision to commit to healthy habits.
Ask yourself: Are you ready to make a change? Transform your days by livening your mornings with positive choices. Need ideas? Read through the article below for 3 healthy morning habits to start your day off right.
- Don’t hit the snooze button. Life starts when your alarm sounds… so, don’t snooze it away! Get up and get moving. The truth is: You’re going to have to get up soon anyway – so, wake up when your alarm goes off. If you oversleep, you’ll simply feel rushed, which will make you more likely to make quick choices that aren’t in your best interest like skipping breakfast (which you’ll read more about later!). If you’re having a difficult time waking up in the morning, try going to sleep earlier the night before – even 30 minutes of extra sleep can do wonders for your physical and mental health.
- Hop out of bed and stretch. After embracing the alarm, get straight out of bed and begin stretching your body. This is a great way to get your body moving and loosened from a night of rest. Stretch your arms, legs, and torso. Bend your neck, wiggle your toes and circle your shoulders – every movement helps send the message to your body that it’s time to get up and start moving. Additionally, once you feel confident with a morning stretching routine, you can then begin a morning exercise routine that shortly follows. It’s amazing how productive you will feel after finishing your daily exercise requirements before the day even begins.
- Eat breakfast and drink water. Stop skipping breakfast – seriously! The first meal of the day is important in giving you enough energy to make it to the next meal. Often, people who are dieting or trying to lose weight will skip breakfast in an effort to reduce calories. However, a healthy lifestyle isn’t about calorie counting – it’s about living in a good mindset and making nutritious choices. Not only does skipping breakfast keep your body in fasting mode from the night (which, over time, can mess with your metabolism), but it often causes people to overeat at lunch because they are so hungry. Eat a light, but hearty, breakfast. Oatmeal is a fantastic example of a food that is packed with nutrition and will leave you feeling full – but will also complement your diet. Additionally, make sure to drink more water! Drink a full glass of water with your breakfast to start hydrating your body.
Incorporating healthy habits into your mornings is a fantastic way to begin living an all-around healthier lifestyle. Try committing to at least one of these habits this week. Then, continue to add something new with every additional week. Before you know it, your days will be filled with healthy choices.