How many times do you hit the snooze button in the morning? If it's more than once, you might need to think about how to change your habits when you wake up to be more alert and attentive throughout the day. What you eat and the rituals you adopt as part of your morning routine all play a role in how energized you feel. The amount of physical activity you get throughout the day also has an impact on how much energy you have when you wake up.
Read on for three ways you can jumpstart your mornings everyday!
1. Greet the day with a few gentle stretches
According to MindBodyGreen, this will get the blood pumping, easing your body into the day. Still tense and achy from yesterday? Then try stretching first thing in the morning to bust tension, open blocked energy pathways, reduce pain and energize you for the day. This will stretch your shoulders, legs and back, as you stimulate muscle tissue and blood flow throughout the body, waking it and energizing it without artificial stimulants.
2. Speed up your walk
Studies show that people who exercise in the morning sleep better. Get active outdoors between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m.; it's the prime window to wake your body with sunlight, kicking off a healthy sleep-wake cycle. RedBookMag says hard-wiring a healthy habit now will pay off big-time later. A University of Pittsburgh Medical Center researcher found that people over 65 who walk at a pace of at least 2.5 miles per hour live longer than those who don't. To burn extra fat and calories, try interval training: Walk fast for one block and slow down for the next.
3. Make yoga apart of your morning routine
SELF Magazine affirms that not only does yoga do the body good, the energy you cultivate in a yoga class stays with you all day long. "There is a natural gauging of energy and we release old thoughts or judgments we no longer need," says Desiree Bartlett, a Los Angeles-based yoga instructor. "Through this practice of steadying the mind and observing the breath, the mind stays present, sharper and clearer because it is no longer reviewing the past or making to-do lists for the future."
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