Start Off on the Right Foot
I don’t know about you but getting your morning on the right foot is really the key to having a highly motivated and driven day.
This is where it all gets started, so what you do with your morning ritual can really help align everything so you are able on top of it rather than be overtaken by the day itself.
If you think you motivation can use a boost and and allow you to excel with your healthy eating and training plan, try one of these morning rituals out as they are designed specifically for just that.
6 Ways to Kick Start Your Mornings
My first morning ritual is all about flexibility training. Starting your day with a good period of stretching is sort of the bare minimum I’d recommend for your body, but it goes a long way. Stretching helps wake up your muscles and joints and prepares you physically to take on your day.
For a great stretching routine, try my Flexibility Training Routine here. It will actually give your muscles a bit of a workout.
Hit the Gym
This one’s probably the most obvious, but as a trainer, I’ve met a lot of people who do everything they can to avoid working out in the morning. And you may have your own excuses for holding off until after work.
The truth is, working out in the morning is one of the best ways to energize your day and set you in the right mood. For a great morning workout, try my Perfect Morning Workout here.
It’s important to think about your physical health, but what about your mental health? If it’s your mental energy, concentration, or ability to handle stress that’s feeling really drained, try starting your day with a little morning meditation.
Something as simple as 10 minutes of concentrated breathing exercises will do the trick. Find a quiet space (or you can just stay lying in bed), close your eyes, and breathe slowly as you try to clear your mind or focus on something positive.
Do Some Yoga
Yoga is a great way to combine both physical and mental exercise. Not only do yoga poses strengthen and condition your muscles, but they also give you the ideal opportunity to do some concentrated breath work, inhaling and exhaling as you move through poses.
If you’re new to yoga, or just want to get an idea of what works best for these purposes, take a look at my 5 Yoga Poses to Practice in the Morning.
Have a Cup of Matcha Green Tea
You may feel like you need your morning coffee, but if there’s one replacement that can actually improve your mornings, it’s matcha green tea. Not only does it come with a high dose of caffeine for a little energy boost, but its other ingredients actually improve concentration and mental awareness. Plus you won’t get the jitters that sometimes come with coffee or espresso.
At the very least, I say give match powder a try. You can sip it with some hot water, or blend it in to a shake. Check it out here – Green Foods Matcha Green Tea.
Have a Smoothie
For something a little more satisfying and sustaining, try starting your day with a smoothie. Smoothies are great as long as they include the right ingredients, so I always recommend doing them yourself. Including superfoods that are packed with extra nutrients can make them a total meal replacement, while also boosting energy for the day.
For a smoothie that’s totally satisfying and energizing, try my Chocolate Caramel Superfood Smoothie here.
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