Establishing a good routine helped me become a morning person and I love it…
We are habit forming creatures so why not set yourself up for the most success you can have by sticking to a routine? According to an article from Northwestern Medicine people who set a routine are less likely to be stressed, you are more likely to sleep better (and thus feel more refreshed when you walk up), and you’ll be more healthy over all. So, here is the perfect morning routine to get you on track for an amazing day!
1. Wake up at the same time every day (yes early on weekends too).
First things first (I’m the realist… jk)… wake up gradually (or naturally once your body gets into the routine). I naturally wake up between 5:45 and 6 am now. It’s been shown that an abrupt wake up can leave you in a kind of shock depending on what stage of sleep you were in when the startling alarm went off. Not only do you actually feel worse waking up suddenly, but your brain can’t deal with that either; you may feel more disoriented, confused and even more tired (thus your snooze urge will be strong). Snoozing is even worse for you as it just keeps shocking your system every time the alarm goes off and you won’t feel any more rested, despite you thinking it will help. Plus, your body naturally will begin to wake up at the same time everyday once you are well into the routine (assuming you stick with it) because it signals your brain to release hormones to let you know it’s time to get up and adam. This intrinsic signal will get you well on your way with a routine. So you can get a wake up light alarm which simulates the sunrise and most of them begin to turn on 20-30 minutes before the time you need to be up. I have not bought one of these yet, but I think I will in the future as the benefits see to outweigh the cost (they run from $25 to $200 on Amazon). I have been using a gradual alarm sound for years and it seems to work just fine. I have an alarm sound that starts soft and gradually gets louder over about time. You can get an app for this, I use the Progressive Alarm Clock App, but there are a ton out there so just read the reviews before you pick one.
2. Get dressed and head to the gym (or workout at home)
I have a gym membership to a place that is only 5 minutes from my house so it’s pretty convenient and hard for me to blow off since I literally go past it everyday on my way to work. However, sometimes I like doing Zumba at home with youtube videos. So you can try it if you don’t go to the gym or you want to dance some calories off without anyone seeing you make a fool of yourself because you don’t know the moves like the ladies who go to every class everyday. Either way, adding exercise to your daily routine will make you healthier and happier since your body naturally releases endorphins when you get your workout on.
3. Eat a solid breakfast to refuel from your hard work at the gym.
There is nothing like a good breakfast after a hard sweat. While I do not always have time to cook eggs as I head to work right after I workout, I can make a smoothie and take hard boiled eggs with me, or just make oatmeal once I get to work. You need to refuel after you burn calories to avoid feeling tired all day. Plus I love enjoying breakfast and a coffee just because I love eating and I love coffee (full disclosure, I may be a caffeine addict).
4. Then it’s time to get back to the ol’ grind
This is what my typical week day morning looks like:
- Wake up 6 am
- Brush my teeth and get dressed
- Workout for an hour
- Shower and get dressed for the day
- Eat breakfast
- Grab coffee
- Head to work
On the weekends it is similar, but instead of heading to work we will go on a hike or go for a scenic drive or something else fun. =) During the summer we start our weekend days with coffee and a book on the porch for an hour. And sure I can get spontaneous and sometimes I do not go to the gym, but it’s nice to have these routines, and it’s not as boring as it seems, it’s fun!
As always, thanks for reading. I would love to hear from my readers! Please comment below!
What is your routine?! How do you stay on schedule each day? Do you find it hard to stay in a routine?