How To Create A Healthy Morning Routine
From Oprah to Lizzo, countless celebrities are proponents of a healthy morning routine and with benefits ranging from having more energy to enjoying a better outlook on life, it’s not difficult to understand why.
When life gets busy it’s all too easy to neglect a healthy morning routine in favour of extra time in bed, but it’s important to remember that the perks of waking early and taking time to start your day with your best foot forward far outweigh any benefits that come from staying in bed until the last possible minute.
Once you get out of the habit of hitting the snooze button when your alarm goes off, and create a morning routine that sets you up for a great day ahead, you’ll enjoy advantages ranging from increased productivity to improved sleep quality.
The hardest part of any journey is the first step, which is why we recommend taking things slowly when implementing a new morning routine. Instead of setting your alarm for an hour or two earlier than usual, which will come as a rude shock to your body and current sleep cycle, we suggest only getting up 30 minutes prior to your current wake time.
Consider the best use of that extra thirty minutes - whether that’s half an hour of meditation or a brisk walk or run to get the blood pumping.
A Delicious Start to the Day
If you’re not a morning person, it’s a great idea to incorporate an enjoyable self care activity into your morning routine so that you look forward to starting the day. For us, this means making time to create a delicious smoothie that’s packed to the brim with vitamins and nutrients.
For a smoothie that’s bursting with benefits, WelleCo’s The Super Elixir all-in-one greens powder is a must-have ingredient. Loaded with green tea, acai berries, papaya, dandelion and L-Glutamine, a heaped scoop of The Super Elixir in your morning smoothie will result in enhanced energy, improved digestion and less bloating.
If the original formula of WelleCo’s The Super Elixir isn’t to your liking, you may prefer their Blood Orange or Lemon and Ginger varieties.
Alternatively, WelleCo’s plant based Nourishing Protein Powder comes in delicious chocolate and vanilla flavours, and boasts nine essential amino acids to help balance blood sugar and promote lean, strong muscle.
While your breakfast smoothie is in the blender, take a moment to rehydrate with a tall glass of water. Dehydration is closely linked to poor mental performance, so it’s super important to start the day with a big glass of H20.
Dress the Part
On cold winter mornings it can be difficult to motivate yourself to change out of your comfy pyjamas and head out into the brisk morning air, but having stylish, comfortable and cosy Australian activewear on hand will help.
Home to Australian activewear from a curated collection of labels ranging from P.E Nation to Nimble (plus many more!), HyperLuxe is a one stop shop for chic athleisure ensembles guaranteed to put the pep into your step on sluggish mornings.
If you’re only going to invest in one new garment to assist with your transition to a healthy morning routine, go for a puffer jacket. The closest you can come to wearing a doona out of the house without raising eyebrows, a puffer jacket will keep the cold at bay on even the chilliest of mornings.
Find What Moves You
The final piece of the puzzle when it comes to adopting a healthy morning routine is figuring out which type of movement feels best to your body. It’s normal to feel a bit sluggish when adjusting to a new morning routine, but making an effort to get the blood pumping to your heart and lungs first thing will help your body adjust and will set you up for a good day ahead.
If you wake up feeling stiff and sore most mornings, yoga or pilates is a great way to loosen up your muscles, and it can be done from the comfort of your home. In addition to waking up your muscles, a morning yoga or pilates session provides a great opportunity to focus on your breath to help centre your mind for the day ahead.
Craving a high heart rate? Take up running or try to get along to a group exercise class. Find a running route that you love, or an exercise class that melds fun with fitness, to make it that much easier to get up and moving each morning.
Whether you’re craving mental clarity or just want to feel better in your body, there are so many benefits to a healthy morning routine. Make a positive change to your morning routine today for a better tomorrow. Your mind and body will thank you!