Health and Fitness

Want to become a morning person?

Here are some tips to help you in that direction.

Ever dream about being a morning person?  Maybe the better question is, do you ever think it may be beneficial to become a morning person?  You know the ones I’m talking about…the ones that wake with a start, feeling refreshed and energized. The ones that get in that morning workout or wrap up some work before many of us even hit the snooze button for the first time. Here are five tips to help you achieve that early bird status!  (Warning: Don’t read until you’ve had a cup or two of coffee.)

  1. Create a morning schedule. Physically write down the things you’d like to complete in the morning and set a time for each. Then stick with it. Once you force yourself out of bed early one or two weeks consistently, you’ll find it gets easier and easier to do.  I time block everything in my life, including what time to wake up.  I used created colorful categories in Google Calendar so I can quickly create each week.  I attempt to keep my time blocking consistent but there are always exceptions…except the time that I wake up!

  2. Let the light in. Whether natural or artificial, light tells your brain its time to get up and get going. If your room lacks large windows where you can open the blinds up, consider investing in a timed lamp or alarm clock with a light.

  3. Eat breakfast. Although there are many of us who chose the skip breakfast, it is key to perking up your energy in the morning. Try prepping protein-focused meals the night before or grab a yogurt or fruit and try to consume it right after you wake.  I like to premake overnight oats or smoothies for a quick grab (blend) and go in the morning.

  4. Get your body moving. Whether it’s a short walk around your neighborhood or a rigorous 5:30 am spin class, getting your blood pumping will help wake up your body and has a ton of other benefits, like stress and anxiety reduction.  Check out the offerings through ClassPass for a way to help hold you accountable.

  5. Feed your mind. Stimulate your brain and do something you enjoy first thing in the morning. Try reading a favorite book, catching up on the news, doing daily meditation, or setting intentions.  I love my daily intention book, Start Today from one of my favs, Rachel Hollis.

    BONUS TIP!!!

  6. Drink good coffee!!!

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