Not everybody looks forward to early mornings with the same zest and enthusiasm as, say, an evening out with friends. If you’re ready for a shift in approach to your morning routine, one that leaves you feeling energized and healthy, we have a few suggestions!
1. Stretch Every Extremity
Before getting out of bed, reach your arms to the ceiling and flex your fingers. Liven up every part of your body by stretching it. Move your hand, wrist, and fingers. Fill your lungs and stretch your stomach. Tighten and release your legs, calves, ankles, feet, and toes. End with a neck and back stretch that propels you from the bed. By doing so, you loosen each muscle and increase the flow of oxygen. This healthy approach to your morning routine will leave you much more energized.
2. Ask One Simple Question
Steve Jobs once described his morning routine. As an integral part of it, he would look in the mirror and ask himself, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?” If the response was “no” too many days in a row, he recognized the need for a change in his life. Consider adopting this mantra for yourself.
Exercising early may not your thing, however, it’s important to have some sort of physical activity early on in your day. Whether it is a 2-minute jog in place or a 15-minute yoga session, find a way to be physical first thing in the morning. It not only helps your body to be healthier from a physical standpoint, but it also brings a renewed psychological start to the day.