Mornings are my absolute favourite time of day. The world is not yet quite awake and everywhere is still a little sleepy. As it is wintertime the sun is still tucked away beneath the horizon line and the nighttime breeze still nips at your bones and brings a slight chill to your breath. I personally love watching YouTube videos about morning routines, and reading blog posts about how to improve my morning, so I figured I could add my two cents and write about it too.
Get up early and stay up
Some days during this past winter break I would find myself waking up at 10 or 11 AM, still tired and not motivated to do something with my day. It was understandable, given that I had just finished three grueling weeks of final exams, but at the same time, I was wasting half my day sleeping! I now wake up at 6 AM every morning and don’t take naps anymore, so that come 11 PM I’m ready to hit the hay.
Drink a glass of water first thing
Throughout my whole day I try and drink eight glasses of water just to keep my insides happy and flushed and my skin clean, but starting the day with a glass of water seems to give a big boost. I don’t have the science behind it, but it works.
I work out first thing in the morning; within 20 minutes of waking up I am walking to the gym to get in my hour or so of physical activity. I do a combination of running, weights, leg work, abs, stretches and Kayla Itsines’ BBG workout guide. I know if I don’t go first thing in the morning I won’t go at all, and this way I can wake up my body and get all sweaty and start off the day refreshed.
Eat a big yummy breakfast
Tell ya once, tell ya again. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You are literally breaking the fast, and you’ve got to fuel your body with a whole pile of really good stuff to get you through the day ahead. I eat a smoothie bowl for breakfast every morning and then my portion sizes decrease throughout the day.
Ignore your phone for the first hour of being awake
I listen to music at the gym through my iPhone but otherwise I try to ignore most of the messages and notifications I may have received over night. It’s nicer to start the day off just for yourself and to take the time to wake up and just appreciate the peace and quiet of the morning. The mass amounts of emails and texts and social media notifications can wait till after I’ve showered and am sitting down for breakfast with a clear head.