I often take for granted the importance of a proper morning routine. Over the years, I have developed some positive habits which have helped me to stay healthy, even through the most stressful of times. Here are some of the most important habits I perform daily:
1. Drink 8-16 oz of clean water upon waking
What’s the first thing to hit your dehydrated gut in the morning?!? For most of us it’s coffee or tea. Your body uses water for healing and restoration throughout the night leaving your stomach dehydrated and yearning for replenishment! Coffee is highly acidic and a poor first choice. If you battle with heartburn, reflux or digestive issues, try drinking water FIRST and you may see an improvement within a week or two. AND, you may drop a few pounds…BONUS!!
2. Get 20-30 grams of protein within an hour of waking!
This is sound advice for those who exercise regularly and intensely. Non-exercisers will benefit as well. Feed your body with the necessary raw materials for healing and regeneration! Choose easy to digest proteins so your gut doesn't have to work too hard. Here's how I like to start my day:
3. Awaken your CNS(central nervous system) and warm-up with Original Strength Resets, 5 Minute Body Flow!
Prevent injury by moving your body with bodyrocks, head mobility, dead bugs and crawling! Morning yoga flows and meditation also help in this category. A 10-20 minute walk can do wonders for your body, mind, and spirit!
4. Envision a happy and productive day!
Choosing a positive start to the day might be the most important thing thing you can do! Lately I try to watch one motivational video on Youtube to put me in the right mental state.
I hope you gain some benefit from this post!!