Morning routines have the ability to shape the trajectory of your ENTIRE DAY and ultimately, your ENTIRE LIFE. Below you’ll find an intuitively crafted collection of activities that I’ve honed over the years by identifying what my body needs most to function optimally. What I outline on this list may or may not work for you, but my hope is to inspire you to pay close attention to what fuels you and adapt a routine that reflects that.
1. Rise Early
The most successful people in the world from a diverse set of industries seem to understand this key ingredient to success. We’ve been hearing the old adage since grade school: The early bird gets the worm. When you rise early, you can approach the day offensively, rather than defensively. Mornings are characterized by higher will power, better decision-making skills, and minimal distractions, making them the perfect introduction to a busy day.
2. ACV Cocktail
The first step I take in the morning is into the kitchen to make my daily ACV Cocktail:
- 12 oz. Water
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Tsp Cayenne
On its own, apple cider vinegar has been heralded for an array of health benefits, but here are a few for which it is well known:
- Lowered blood sugar levels
- Increased good cholesterol
- Improved circulation and heart health
3. Day “Lights”
Through the use of circadian optics, I’m able to shake the initial grogginess that accompanies early mornings and immediately send a boost of energy to my brain. These lamps work in tandem with our body’s Circadian rhythm, helping us to reset the disruption in sleep patterns that often result from our over interaction with screens.
5-10 minutes of stretching in your routine can increase circulation, raise energy levels, and improve posture. It also helps to loosen up the joints in preparation for exercise.
5. Inverted Meditation
The greatest time for personal reflection and mastery is when the day is still and peaceful. Meditation provides a great opportunity to connect with yourself at core and when, coupled with inversion, also offers a deeper state of relaxation that can transform your meditation practice.
6. Weight Lifting & Cardio
I’m sure you’ll agree that it can be challenging to commit to a workout routine, let alone begin your day with it, but once you experience the effect that it has on your energy levels, it will become a non-negotiable. Depending on what your goal is, the length of time and level of intensity will vary, but as a benchmark, the American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of medium intensity workouts spread throughout each week.
Whether you’re looking to make some changes to your morning routine or looking to incorporate one altogether, realize that how you begin your day is not only impactful to you, but those around you. Life is busy, but it should never feel rushed. If it does feel this way, it may be time to introduce a solid morning routine into your day.