If your morning routine begins with hitting the snooze button several times until you’re rushing out the door than you may need to rethink how you start your day. Giving yourself extra time in the morning and adopting a few new habits could help. Add these simple steps to your morning routine to start your day off right.
Let Some Light In (or Go Outside)
One of the most important things you can do in the morning—both to wake yourself up and to ensure a better night’s sleep—is letting in natural light. That light helps keep circadian rhythms on track, which will help you sleep better at night.
Staying hydrated is always important for your health, but it’s even more important first thing in the morning. After several hours without water, it’s important to rehydrate your body. If you needed another reason to drinking water in the morning, it’s also been found to boost your metabolism.
Adopt a Short Yoga Routine
After several hours of lying down, yoga is a perfect way to start the day. Start with a short (and manageable) routine and focus on warming your body up for the day ahead. This bit of exercise and quiet time is great preparation for the day ahead.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
It’s called the most important meal of the day for a good reason—eating a nutritious morning meal is one of the best ways to kick-start your metabolism and prevent overeating later in the day. Fill up on a meal high in protein and fiber to feel good and full through the morning.