Seniors: Supercharge Your Morning Routine
Mornings— we either love them or hate them. But with a few changes, we can increase our energy levels and make them more productive. Here are some healthy morning habits to supercharge your daily routine and officially become a morning person.
Follow a Sleep Schedule
Whether it’s a weekday or weekend, try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day. This will help establish your Circadian rhythm, which is your body’s natural alarm clock. Your body will start to feel tired at bedtime and energized when you wake up. You should also have a consistent nighttime routine that helps you relax and prepares your body for sleep.
Move in the Morning
Even if you don’t have time for a full workout, try to fit some movement into your morning routine. Do some stretching, yoga, or go for a morning walk. This will give you energy and get those endorphins flowing in the morning. You’ll feel productive and ready for the rest of the day! If you can bring your morning exercise outdoors, that’s even better.
Eat a Healthy, Well-Balanced Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make sure it’s a healthy, well-balanced meal. Have some complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, protein, and fiber. A balanced breakfast will give you energy and stabilize blood sugar levels. Good breakfast options include oatmeal topped with peanut butter and fruits, avocado toast with eggs, or a protein smoothie.
Before you have your coffee and go about your day, drink a glass of water. After a long sleep, our bodies wake up dehydrated and need water. Put a glass of water on your bedside table as a visual reminder. Staying hydrated will give your body some much-needed energy in the morning and will get your metabolism going.
Don’t Snooze the Alarm Clock
We know it’s tempting, but hitting snooze on your alarm clock starts your day off on the wrong foot. That dreadful battle with your alarm will only lead to the inevitable, so you may as well get up right away! It will make you feel more productive and accomplished. Hitting snooze only makes getting up harder! If you can, open your blinds and get some sunshine in. This will help alert your body that it’s time to wake up.