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A MORNING ROUTINE TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH

Do you know that your overall health is the sum total of all your daily routines, especially your morning routine?

Your entire day can be greatly affected by your morning routine. Having health habits for your morning routine has been shown to reduce stress and improve your overall mental and physical wellbeing. We live in a society that prioritizes a rush attitude, only making conscious healthy steps when there is a perceived need to. Staying healthy entails sticking to a routine, even when it is difficult to do so.

What Morning Routines Are

A morning routine is a setting aside a little bit of extra time every morning to wake up and focus on you. This reduces stress and makes life easier and healthier for you. Morning routines sets our brain on auto-drive — where you don’t need to think on what to do because it registers by default.

Your morning routine could include but are not limited to the following:

Waking up less alarmed

Many people wake up after hitting the snooze button of their alarm clock twice or thrice or even more times. This isn’t good for your health, according to Christopher Winter a sleep medicine physician. Every time you wake up, hit the snooze button of your alarm clock, and then go back to sleep, you enter an entirely new sleep cycle which is light and fragmented. This will eventually leave you feeling more tired. You must train yourself to become a person that doesn’t use the snooze alarm.

Rehydrate before anything else.

The human body is made up of not less than 65% water. Having little water has severe health implications. Headaches, fatigue and increased cravings have all been implicated in dehydration.

Exercise.

As humans, we are more of physical beings, and the more we move, the better it is for our health. That which costs us energy gives us energy. There are 3 types of exercise:-

▪️cardiovascular activity,

▪️strength conditioning, and

▪️flexibility training.

These must not be done at once, but doing each on a regular basis is sure to improve your health and help you maintain balanced fitness.

– Eat healthy breakfast and avoid mindless eating.

Always sit down to eat. Not only does this improve digestion; it also ensures your body is in its optimal postural position for the digestive system.

– Music

Music is another great thing to include in your routine to help improve our health. It has a healing effect and stress reduction effect. You could have a list of uplifting tracks to listen to during breakfast or on your way to work.

 

– Stay away from your phone.

As much as possible, 30 minutes after waking up, do not touch your phone. This seems to be the most difficult thing to do for some young professionals but it’s something that will benefit the most. To avoid the temptation of waking up to go straight to your phone, consider charging and placing your phone in a separate room before going to bed.

Conclusion

You are more likely to stick to your routine. Your morning routine should be designed with a focus on improving your health. Don’t wait until you achieve your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of yourself for every step you can take towards your goal.

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Comments (2)

  1. There are no examples on the three types of excercises and how to easily slot them into morning routines, what time is best to wake up and how many hours should we sleep as professionals finding a balance between dilligence and health

  2. Affiong Effiong Okon

    I don’t understand why I have to stay away from my phone 30 minutes after I wake up from sleep. But, I totally agree with removing the alarm. I noticed tiredness and fatigue on the days I snoozed my alarm button so I had to let go of waking up with an alarm except it is necessary.

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