5 morning habits for maximum performance
How was your morning today? Did you jump out of bed ready to seize the day or were you struggling to wake up and get your body going?
Whether you embrace the early hours with open arms or start your day at a slower pace, this article shares a 5-step plan to create the perfect morning routine that will not only make sure you kick off your day stress-free and with the right mindset but will also get you moving and energise your body.
Why is morning routine important?
Whether you realise it or not, we are all creatures of habits. You may think this doesn’t apply to you but think back. What is the first thing you do when you wake up? When and how do you take your coffee? Do you get dressed first and then brush your teeth or vice versa?
Chances are you’ve created some sort of routine for yourself without even knowing. And there’s absolutely nothing bad or boring about it. Routines are important, especially in those early morning hours when all we want to do is crawl back in bed and catch a few extra z’s.
Have you ever started your mornings in a frenzy and the rest of the day reflected that chaos? That’s exactly what we’re talking about; the right morning routine can help you reduce stress and set the tone for the rest of the day. Keep reading to discover our favourite tips and tricks to optimise your morning routine and get the most out of your day.
The 5-step plan to a perfect morning routine
1. Start your day the night before
Mornings can be unpredictable. You may accidentally oversleep or something urgent may come up that throws off your morning and potentially your whole day. That’s why we recommend setting some time apart the evening before to deal with all the ‘little things’ that take so much valuable time in the morning.
Choose what you’ll wear the next day (pro tip: don’t forget to check the weather report), write a to-do list so you don’t forget something important and prepare your lunch to avoid reaching for unhealthy snacks when you’re in a rush.
Trust us, you’ll sleep better, knowing that all these tasks are taken care of, and you can start the day stress-free and spend that extra time in the morning doing something more productive.
2. Make physical exercise a priority
Unless you’re a champion snoozer, you’ll probably have some extra time in the morning now that all the to-do lists were written, and lunch was packed. One of our favourite things that injects the right dose of energy into our day is a quick workout.
If there is a gym on your way to work, great, but if not, don’t worry, there are a lot of workouts you can do at home that will wake and revitalise your body without even disturbing your downstairs neighbours.
You can try yoga, pilates or head over to our online gym where you can find a complete 4-week training plan that is perfect for beginners or more advanced fitness enthusiasts.
3. Take a cold shower
Ok, so with the sweat session in the books, it’s time to take a quick cold shower. While cold water may be uncomfortable at first, it can do wonders for your body.
Cool water is invigorating because it makes the body work harder to maintain its core temperature, which improves your circulation. It also activates your metabolism, so taking a cold shower in the morning can help ward off those extra kilos.
And another benefit that every sports enthusiast should remember is that chilly showers help you fight muscle soreness. Cold temperatures cause your blood vessels to narrow, directing blood to important organs and enriching it with oxygen and nutrients. When your body warms up again, the vessels widen, allowing the oxygenated blood to return to your muscles and reduce inflammation that causes muscle soreness.
4. Don’t forget about breakfast
After the energising workout and refreshing cold shower, you've probably built up quite an appetite. As the saying goes ‘Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper’, so let’s follow their advice and put together a breakfast of champions.
Make sure to include ingredients from each of the 5 food groups – fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins, and dairy. The right nutrients will fill you up for longer which will give you all the necessary energy to tackle your day head-on, plus they will help with weight management. Because you won’t be hungry all the time, you also won’t feel the need to reach for unhealthy snacks as often.
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