How often have you planned to do something healthy the next day, but never found the time to actually do it? This happens to people every day. Being healthy is an important goal and can contribute to a longer and happier life. Unfortunately, many of us don’t see health as a top priority, so when the day gets busy, these activities can be one of the first things to disappear from the schedule.
What can you do to overcome this problem? The other areas of responsibility that are piling up cannot just be forgotten, things have to be done! The best thing you can do to prioritize your health is to adjust your morning routine.
Starting the day with health in mind is a good practice to promote well-being. Before the mountain of tasks falls on your shoulders, the morning provides an opportunity to invest in the things that matter, primarily your health. If you have health in mind during your morning routine, then you can be sure that you will prioritize this aspect of life by getting it out of the way early. Plus, if you wake up and immediately practice healthy behaviors, you’re more likely to take additional steps throughout the day toward wellness. Here are five ways to start your day with health in mind.
For some, the thought of waking up even earlier to go outside and walk sounds terrifying, especially if they are not morning people. But this practice can have significant health benefits, many of which may be missed if you end up canceling plans to go later in the day due to a busy schedule. ONE morning walk can improve your mood as the day begins, get your heart rate up, boost your energy for the day and help you prevent weight gain. Even a 15-minute brisk walk each morning will benefit your physical and mental health and prepare you for a successful rest of the day. Find a route that provides some pleasant surroundings, grab the dog if you have one, and start your day with movement.
Breakfast is a crucial meal because it wakes up your body’s digestive system after a night’s sleep. Busy people often choose convenience over health with their breakfast, opting for cereal or boring old toast. If you want to take charge of the day with a healthy breakfast, then you need to jump on the fruit smoothie train. You can pack a large part of the recommended daily intake of fruit and vegetables into a delicious smoothie in the morning. Plus, you can throw in other healthy ingredients like oats to add some variety to the drink. Although it may take longer to prepare than a bowl of cereal, you can bring this drink on the go so it can easily make up for that time.
This does not mean that you try to get a tan before the day begins. But sunlight can be extremely beneficial for your mood, and direct sunlight can stimulate the development of vitamin D in the skin. Both options can promote wellness to start your day. Spend ten minutes reading a book for pleasure near a sunny window to relax your mind and prepare for the day. If it’s warm enough, head out on the deck or in a hammock while you’re at it to soak up the sun. This feeling can be very refreshing and improve your mental health.
A healthy diet is necessary because it provides the body with vitamins and minerals. Did you know that there are products that you can combine with a balanced diet to increase your nutrient levels? To take one supplements for vitamins and/or minerals in the morning is a great way to promote optimal cellular health with additional nutrients. By doing this in the morning, you can shift your mindset to focus on supporting health throughout the day.
Developing yourself is another way to promote health. When you learn new skills or facts, you engage your mind in a way that will improve its abilities and reduce the effects of age decline. An engaged mind is an active mind. By listening to podcasts that educates you in the morning, trains your brain to start the day. If you have an interest in business ownership, you can listen to podcasts about essential tools for entrepreneurs during your commute. If you love history, find a history buff podcast to enjoy learning while eating breakfast. There are tons of educational podcasts out there, so find something that helps your mind grow each morning to promote long-term mental health.
When you have a set rhythm, it can be annoying to change it all at once. This health-first behavior should not be adopted immediately and all at the same time. For the first few weeks, try making one change to your morning. Then add another one of these activities if it feels right. By changing your routine one step at a time, it will be easier to adopt more behaviors that prioritize health before the rest of your day begins.