Mornings are really important. It’s the time in the day we have the most physical and brain power because we’re coming off a long rested sleep. We want to create a morning robot routine that supports our health. Here are five things to include in your morning routine to set your body and mind up for the day. Make it a goal to do at least 3 of the 5 each day.
Clean teeth, face, body. Taking care of our teeth and skin is how we keep them both in good health. The products we use play an important role in your health. We want to use products made of real, recognizable ingredients. Many conventional teeth, face, and body products are made from toxic ingredients. I like products from Primally Pure, Found Herbal, and Beautycounter.
Make a Healthy Breakfast. Breakfast is a meal you can easily eat at home and start your day with nutrient-rich food to power you mentally and physically. The best way to ensure your breakfast is a nutrient-rich meal is to plan them so you are prepared to make them when you want to. Have at least 4 breakfast meals you rotate through during the week. The most nutrient-rich breakfast includes protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrate. The combination of all these will give you good energy and keep you feeling full longer.
Meal Prep a Healthy Lunch, Dinner, Snacks. Like breakfast, the best way to ensure your meals provide good energy, support you both mentally and physically is to meal plan. Meal planning should be done weekly and shopping for ingredients should be done before the week starts. Meals can be cooked before eating, leftovers that need to be heated, or items pulled together from the fridge or pantry. In the morning, check your meal plan to know what you are eating for the day, then pack and prepare. I reserve 30 minutes in the morning to make breakfast and meal prep lunch, dinner and snacks.
Exercise and movement. The key to doing exercise on a regular basis is to do something you like. It can be a walk or run outside, a yoga or spin class, or a HIIT or Crossfit class. If exercise doesn’t work for you in the morning, find another time in the day it does work.
Mindful meditation. Meditation brings intention to our lives, helps manage stress, accomplish more and feel better. A little goes a long way, I do 5 to 10 minutes. Consistency is how you will most benefit from medication. If meditation doesn’t work for you to do in the morning, find another time in the day it does work.
Routines take time to establish but once you run through them for 2 weeks they start to become familiar and eventually become a healthy habit in your life. The goal is for the morning routine to be a robot routine where you do them regularly and make space in your day for health.