Adopting a healthier approach to your morning routine doesn’t have to mean waking up at the crack of dawn! Here are our top five quick tricks to start your day off on the right foot - minimal effort required.
Pay attention to your temperature
As tempting as it might sound to leave the heating on overnight in the middle of winter, a roasting hot bedroom is almost certain to disrupt your sleep cycle. The reason? It’s all down to melatonin, the hormone responsible for dropping your body temperature so that you can drop off. When this process is interrupted, we generally take longer to get to sleep and are more likely to wake up once we do. The ideal temperature for a good night’s sleep tends to be around 18°C, so set a timer for those cold winter mornings!
Find your morning motivation
The trick to a stress-free morning routine? Listening to your body. Guided meditation is a great way to get your morning off to a mindful start, but if you need a little motivation to help get you out of bed on time, consider a gentle form of yoga or even a morning jog to get your blood pumping first thing. Whether you’re an owl, a lark or something in between, find your inner rhythm and start making a wake-up activity an integral part of your morning routine - no more spending forty minutes half-asleep on Instagram before you’re even out of bed!
Water, water everywhere
We’ve already discussed the importance of a healthy breakfast when it comes to starting your day off right, but hydration is just as crucial if you’re looking to stave off that mid-morning fatigue. Nutritionist Raphaël Gruman recommends a hot lemon water to prep your digestive system first thing, but good old tap water will do just as well. Even better - keep a glass of water by your bed so it’s the first thing you see when you open your eyes.
Meal prep: not just for Instagram
Be honest: we’ve all made a mental note to start taking packed lunches to the office, only to find ourselves standing in front of an empty fridge while late for work on a Monday morning. Prepping a week’s worth of identical meals in one go is probably unrealistic, but trust us when we say it’s worth spending a little more time on your weekly meal plan - better for your wallet and your waistline! Meal Prep On Fleek’s Instagram feed is a great source of healthy foodspiration, while vegan blogger Oh She Glows’ recipes are great for making bulk batches.
Get up and get out!
We spend a third of our lives at work, so if (like so many of us) your job involves a hefty dose of sitting in front of a computer, getting active in the a.m. can help set you up for a healthier, more productive day. If morning workouts just aren’t your thing, take a look at our tips for upgrading your commute - even getting off the subway or bus three stops earlier than you normally would can help counteract the damage eight hours al desko can do to our muscles.