Want to wake up refreshed and energized in the morning? I’m going to lay out for you five simple steps to start your day with a bang.
Do you feel sluggish when you wake up? Do you sit around in bed watching tv for half an hour before you even set foot on the ground? Do you feel that waking up this way affects the rest of your day? I can tell you that it certainly does.
So here’s what you do to wake up with energy in the morning
First– A great day actually starts the night before. About half an hour before you go to bed, pull out a piece of paper (a journal is even better) and write out your goals for the day. Prioritize what you want to get done in order of importance. Think about all the things you accomplished today and use that as motivation to get even more done tomorrow. This is your success primer. Then, right before bed drink a small glass of water, and put a pair of sneakers and light, loose clothing on a chair next to your bed.
Second– When that alarm goes off, roll out of bed. No hitting the snooze button. No laying there to “gather your thoughts”, and no turning on the radio or tv. These are simply excuses to sit around longer.
The problem with turning on tv or the radio is that they drag you in and you need completion. When they tease you with “coming up next after the commercial”- now you’ve got to stay for another 3 or 4 minutes of commercials, THEN you watch that segment. The bottom line is you’ve now laid in bed for an extra 15 or 20 minutes and killed your momentum. Again, your job when the alarm rings is to get up!
Third– Head to the kitchen and drink a big glass of water or some red tea detox. No coffee or soda. Just pure, fresh clean water. I suggest getting a PUR or Brita water filter so you always have fresh water ready to go. Over night your body has been digesting and metabolizing, repairing and regenerating, and can use fresh water to clear out the bloodstream. On top of that, most people don’t get enough water through the day anyway, so you may as well get a head start.
Fourth– Brush your teeth and use the bathroom. Self explanatory.
Fifth– This is going to depend on your fitness goals and what your current level of fitness is. If you’re on a program, this is a good time to get it on.
If you’re just starting out, have a small piece of fruit, take 5 minutes to read over your goals and priorities list from the night before and head out the door for a 20- 30 minute walk. You can listen to music if you’re in a busy part of town, or simply listen to nature if you live in an open area. Plan out your day in your mind and use the previous day’s successes as motivation to be even better than yesterday.
When you get back from your walk, you’ll be raring to go. Write down any new thoughts and ideas you’ve had during the walk. The water will have helped flush your system, the walk will get your body’s energy going, and your brain will have the juices flowing from your success primer.
If you truly are a beginner to exercising, I highly recommend body weight burn, which is a simple program you can do at home. It takes the guesswork out of exercise and lays out a simple plan. You don’t even have to wait for anything to be shipped to you, it’s all online. You simply log into the site and voila!
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