Start Your Day Towards A Healthy Lifestyle and Beyond

Try these 6 tips – start slow then go!

1. Don’t Hit the Snooze Button

The first step to start your day is to get up and not procrastinate hitting the snooze button a few extra minutes. That grogginess and disorientation that we experience upon the first few moments of waking is called sleep inertia. Sleep inertia is a groggy feeling you might feel at times immediately after waking up. During sleep inertia, you are still not fully alert, and you want to go back to sleep rather than get out of bed and begin your day. Hitting the snooze button repeatedly disorients your body, raising the chances of this sleep inertia extending two to four hours into your morning. So, avoid this from happening by getting up as soon as your alarm goes off. 

2. Have a Drink of Water

When you wake up in the morning, have a tall glass of water ready to drink almost immediately. Drinking water first thing in the morning helps rehydrate you, flushes out the stomach helping you to go to the bathroom, and kick-starts your metabolism. Staying hydrated helps your body start to burn calories faster, which is vital when you’re trying to shed body fat.

3. Start with An Easy Win

Think of something you can start your day with that is easily accomplishable. A short exercise or stretching routine or simply eating a healthy breakfast instead of skipping breakfast. Maybe it’s changing how you drink your coffee or tea without the “extras” – cream and sugar. If that is too harsh, start with cutting these “extras” in half or omitting sugar all together, with only half the cream or use milk instead.  If you drink a lot of coffee, try having a few green teas in place of one or two of your coffee’s 

4. Build on the Simple Win

Having that simple win, each day can give you the motivation to do more. It could be as simple as packing a healthy lunch the night before, meal prepping for the week or moving your body more in general throughout the day. 

5. Get Outside

Exposure to daylight in the morning resets your body’s circadian rhythm. In other words, it helps you start your day feeling alert and energized, rather than groggy and cranky. Also get outside part way through your day at lunch or early afternoon break, as this can help reset your mind and body to be more alert. It can help give the body that bit of second energy burst needed for the rest of the day. If you find because it is winter and the day could exist of rain, snow or sleet – even opening a curtain and stretching or exercising in front of a window can help regenerate you. 

6. Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Start your day rested and alert. Go to bed a little earlier, if need be, stretch have a bath or meditate to help you relax, read a book to help you fall asleep, turn off electronic devices at least 30 minutes before going to bed. Try to not have your cell phone near you with all its messages pinging or vibrating during the night. This can disrupt your sleep and or entice you to look, distracting you from going back to sleep. 

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Mikkie Pollon (Nettles), Certified Personal Trainer/Holistic & Sports Nutritionist
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