My top things to do on a morning to make your day more productive

Over the past couple of months, as well as shaking up my fitness regime, I’ve also concentrated on shaking up my mornings.

Some mornings everything goes right. You wake up before your alarm goes off. Your morning yoga session feels like playtime. The coffee tastes better. And there is no traffic on your way into work. And when you sit down to get to work, you feel like you could conquer the world.

Other days are not like that all.

And while you can’t prevent every unfortunate morning situation that might come your way, experts say there are a few things you can do to encourage your mornings in that direction so you can make the most out of the rest of your day, too.

“If you wake up full of energy, you’re going to carry that energy through the rest of the day,”

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Why not start off your morning with little wins to help your day get started? If you start the morning off on the wrong foot, you’re already behind. And that means you’ll need to use the energy you do have to get to a better “emotional state”.

Energy = willpower — and you only have so much at a given time! So the more of it you use to recover from a train delay or an alarm-didn’t-go-off morning, the less you have later for concentrating on a big project at work, family drama or whatever your day throws your way.

There are also physiological reasons you’re doing your body (and the rest of your day) a favour when your morning right! The body’s natural body clock runs on a roughly 24-hour cycle with the help of your environment (like lightness and darkness and exercise) to help regulate sleep, energy levels, metabolism and other bodily functions. And the choices you make to start your day, from logging that early-bird home workout into My Fitness Pal to sleeping in for too long, either help or hurt keep that clock running on time.

Resist that snooze button (even if she is your BFF)

Giving yourself a few extra minutes of zzzz’s may seem like listening to your body, but in the long run, you’re probably doing more harm than good. That’s because those 10 extra minutes of snoozing tend to be low-quality, light sleep since it’s not long enough for your body to make it through another sleep cycle (which tends to take around 90 minutes).

Keeping your sleep schedule regulated is one of the most key things you can do to feel energised and ready to wake up morning after morning! If this means going to bed half an hour earlier, then do it! Give it a try and see how much difference it makes.

Drink water as soon as you wake up

If you’re not keen on straight up water, try adding lemon, ice or cucumber. We get dehydrated overnight (especially if nature calls and you’re using the bathroom in the early hours). A glass or two of water first thing helps replenish your body’s hydration stores.

It also starts your metabolism on the right foot (since the body relies on water to keep all your digestive processes running smoothly). I cannot stress enough how much this has helped me to function better on a morning and get me through any morning workouts I do!

Try meditation or yoga

I totally understand if getting your butt to your mat at 6 A.M. sounds like a special kind of torture for you—but there is really something to be said for the art of doing your practice first thing when you wake up in the morning.

Starting your day in asana (hi yogi term) means that you are starting your day cultivating breath awareness. When you do this first thing in the morning, you are very likely to keep your breath on your mind for the rest of the day.

You may have a million things going on, but by setting the tone with your morning practice, you are more likely to tune into your breathing for the rest of your day. They say that the slower and deeper you breathe, the longer you will live.

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Smash out a quick workout

Muster the energy to start sweating first thing and it will reward you! Exercise releases endorphins — chemicals produced in the brain that help minimise pain and discomfort and increase well-being (essentially the body’s own painkillers). Plus, endorphins can reduce stress hormones, too — helping you start your day unfettered and in control.

Get some damn sunshine

Yes I know, sometimes in the UK this one might be a tad difficult! Even if it’s just sitting in the garden before you get ready with a cup of coffee, a little sunshine will do you the world of good.

Want to make your early workout work even harder for you? Do it outside in the sun. Trust me when I say, even if it’s slightly on the cooler side in the morning, but the sun is shining, it’s so much harder, and I always find I sweat more haha.

On a weekend we also try to have our breakfast outside, especially now as the weather is so good. I just love sitting in the garden, face in the sun, scoffing on some avo, smoked salmon and poached eggs on toast 😉

Eat breakfast

It may sound like such an obvious one but I used to be one for never having breakfast. It’s super important to not only start your day but to also help you with your weightloss journey if you’re on one!

Food is where your body gets energy — so it makes sense that starting your day with food is one of the most energising things you can do. Our metabolism works better earlier in the day. That means that the body is better able to turn the calories you eat into energy that you can use in the morning.

Plus, skipping breakfast may also make you overeat for the rest of the day! Which, if you’re like me and you’re shaking up your lifestyle, won’t help you in your goal to shed some fat.

Hand on heart, I’ve loved shaking up my morning routine

Personally speaking, it’s really helped with my weight loss and made me feel ten times better during the day. I find that I’m now not as tired at the end of the day, which means that by the time I get to the gym, I still have plenty of energy to smash out a good workout.

Want more tips and tricks? I’ll soon be releasing my lifestyle change guide up on the blog! Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss out 🙂

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21 Comments

  1. July 2, 2018 / 4:16 pm

    I make a point to eat breakfast outside if the weather is nice, which it has been lately! I need to get better about drinking water in the mornings though. And moving more.

    • July 3, 2018 / 7:49 am

      I’ve been able to do it loads lately too 🙂 makes the world of difference! Water is soooo good on a morning!

  2. July 2, 2018 / 4:19 pm

    I love summer because I don’t have to go to work. I really should do more yoga in the mornings.

    • July 3, 2018 / 7:48 am

      Oh I’m so jealous you don’t have to work! Yoga is so good on a morning 🙂

  3. July 2, 2018 / 5:17 pm

    Ohh, I am a big believer in morning routines! Especially the thing with the snooze button… I never wanted to hear it. But since I’ve (reluctantly) tried it, I’ve come to tell everyone about it. (Hopefully not too annoyingly, haha.)

    Not snoozing makes a huge difference for my whole day, energy-wise.

  4. July 2, 2018 / 6:06 pm

    I am guilty of smashing the snooze button! But I do agree that an early morning workout and a bit of sunshine make a world of difference 🙂

    • July 3, 2018 / 7:47 am

      We all love a good snooze but it’s made such a difference to my morning actually getting up and cracking on 🙂

  5. July 4, 2018 / 10:29 am

    I literally can’t function without breakfast in the morning! I’m starting a new job soon and I’m a bit in denial that I won’t be able to abuse the snooze button any more!

    Francesca x | glutenfreehorizons.com

    • July 4, 2018 / 1:59 pm

      Haha me either, even if it’s just a yoghurt! Aww bless you, well firstly congratulations and secondly, I hope it goes well 🙂 x

  6. July 4, 2018 / 11:19 am

    The details are very useful and practical. The part about meditation especially appeals to me.

  7. July 4, 2018 / 11:21 am

    This is very useful as I do struggle in the mornings. Some, such as drinking water, I could implement immediately

  8. LaKesha
    July 4, 2018 / 11:39 am

    I’m definitely printing this off and trying to implement some of these items in my daily routine!

    • July 4, 2018 / 1:57 pm

      Aww that’s lovely to hear! I hope they help

  9. Heather
    July 5, 2018 / 5:29 am

    I’ve struggled trying to perfect my morning routine forever! Finally found this new app which gradually wakes me up and doesn’t make me want to keep hitting the snooze. That on top of some morning yoga stretches has been making me feel so much better!

  10. July 12, 2018 / 8:30 am

    For someone who didn’t even drink half a cup if tea this morning (as I’m always running late… oops), these tips and tricks are really eye-opening! Thank you for sharing them! I really want to change something in my ‘routine’ as I’m just tired 24/7 and I think these lifestyle changes might help!

    Love,
    Dominique

    • July 12, 2018 / 8:52 am

      Haha love it! I’m the same sometimes I just forget it’s there! Glad you enjoyed the tips, they’ve honestly changed the way I spend my day 🙂 x

  11. July 17, 2018 / 3:37 pm

    I’ve just started doing yoga in the morning and it is amazing! Gets me in the right mindset for the day!

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