Healthy morning habits

The first 30 minutes after you wake up can have a major impact on the remainder of your day. This is where your motivation, productivity, and energy really gain momentum. Starting a healthy morning routine can help set you up for success on a daily basis. It can even help change a night owl into an early bird! Here are some of our top recommendations for morning routine essentials:

Wake up, drink water. Water boosts your metabolism, keeps you hydrated, flushes out toxins, and gives your brain the fuel it needs to operate (because it’s made up of 75% water). A glass of water right when you wake up (we’re talking even before coffee) can increase your metabolic rate by close to 25%. If you’re getting a healthy amount of sleep, that means you’re going about seven hours without water. Most people wake up slightly dehydrated because of this, so it’s important to address that deficit first thing in the morning.

Learn something new. While it can be tempting to reach for your phone first thing in the morning, whether for social media, work, or anything else, try to resist during your morning time. Instead, set aside a few minutes in the morning (even if it’s only 5) to read a book or listen to a podcast. This will help you feel a sense of accomplishment by fueling your brain first thing in the morning. You can find a list of some of our favorite books and podcasts here!

Exercise. While many people can’t fit exercise into their morning routine, you should at least spend 5-10 minutes doing some mobility exercises to get your body moving. Studies show that people who exercise in the morning tend to experience better quality sleep than those who exercise later in the day or evening. Plus, a morning workout means you can continue through the rest of your day knowing you made the effort to improve your health.

Plan and strategize your day. The more you accomplish in the morning, the far more likely you are to keep that momentum going. Find the tasks you’ve completed in your morning routine (drank water, read from a book, exercised, etc.) so you can start your daily planning by marking off successes. Then make a list of everything you want to accomplish for the rest of the day. Be practical and keep your list on hand. You’ll find that a productive morning can help you have a productive day.

A healthy morning routine starts with one habit at a time. Include it as part of your schedule; this is dedication to your health as well as your motivation and productivity. Whether your goal is nutrition-based or exercise-based, committing to a better morning will set you up for a better day.