Did your parents or teachers ever tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Well, they were right—but eating a balanced meal is not all you can do to feel alert and ready to face the day. Here are seven healthy things to add to your morning routine:
Eat a Healthy and Substantial Breakfast
Sometimes common knowledge really is true. Eating breakfast helps kick your metabolism into gear, pushing you from sleep mode to wakefulness. It also provides a supply of energy that needs to last you until lunchtime, so relying on coffee and sugary foods is not a good idea (these provide a quick burst of energy that will run out just as quickly).
Instead, try a combination of oatmeal or whole grain bread to supply carbohydrates, fruit or vegetables to provide fiber and vitamins, and some type of protein, like eggs or yogurt. It’s also good to vary your breakfast sometimes, as something new and delicious is a pleasant treat to start each and every day.
Your body has been going without water for the last seven or eight hours. If you’ve been sleeping long enough to be well-rested, you need to rehydrate; if not, staying up late makes it very easy to get dehydrated even before you make it to bed. Drink a glass of water, ideally before you eat or drink anything else. If cold water feels uncomfortable first thing in the morning, you can try drinking water at room temperature instead, to avoid shocking your stomach.
Start with Music
What you hear and feel over the course of the morning stays with you for most of the day, so waking up on the wrong side of the bed can put you in a bad mood, and feeling fuzzy-headed or scattered often lasts long past the morning. Try putting on some music instead; choose something upbeat if you need energy, or something calm if you need to de-stress.
Find a few minutes in your morning routine to pause and have a little quiet time. Take the focus off of what you need to do or what could go wrong today; shut your eyes and breathe deeply, or give yourself a big smile in the bathroom mirror. Find some way to break up the frenzied rush to get ready and start your morning calm, not worried or stressed. This can set the tone for the rest of your day.
Stretch and Move
Just like breakfast kick starts your metabolism, physical activity brings up your circulation, heart rate and respiration. Try taking a short walk or run around your house or neighborhood. Jump, dance, or do a quick exercise routine while your breakfast is cooking. Stretch out, paying attention to whatever parts of your body feel stiff from sleep as well as parts that are going to see a lot of use during your day.
Look for the Sun
Don’t look directly at the sun, of course, but find a way to expose your eyes to natural light early in your day. Your body sets its internal clock according to the sun, especially sunrise and sunset. Open the curtains or blinds around the house, use daylight instead of turning on the kitchen lights, and take a look around and up at the sky as you’re leaving home.
Invest in a Height-Adjustable Workstation
You may have noticed that most of these routines are at least partly meant to help you become alert and energized. It’s also important to maintain that energy over the course of the day, and you can even alternate standing and sitting at work with the Sit2Stand Height-Adjustable Workstation. For more information, visit our product page or contact a representative with Uprite Ergo.