3 Morning Habits To Help You Shine

July 07, 2020

Nothing beats the morning to help you get your day off on the right foot.

What you do when you wake up sets the tone, not only for your day, but for your life as well. Quality morning habits is a high performance philosophy that can be used to address so many physical, mental and emotional health challenges.

Following, are what I believe are the 3 most important morning habits you can embrace. They’ve worked for me over many years. And my firm belief is that when you practice them daily, they’re sure to have a huge impact on how you look and feel over time as well:

1. Drink Water

It’s been said before, but it can’t be emphasised enough.  The first thing that should cross your lips when you rise is water – nothing else.  In the morning, your body craves water for two key reasons:

  • To replenish your cells after a long period of rest, where your body has been doing it’s ‘temple work’ like ‘assimilating food’, without any water intake
  • To support healthy digestion, flush out toxins and aid nutrient adsorption

Some of the bonus benefits of drinking water first thing in the morning include; reducing hunger, making a big dent in your daily water intake requirement (minimum of 2 litres), and boosting oxygen into your cells, giving you more energy.  I’m personally a huge fan of natural artesian water (which I buy by the case load), or rain water or real spring water.  Filtered water is also fine – just get your hands on the best quality water you can!

2. Stretch & Move

After several hours of being relatively stationery, gentle stretching is vital to activate circulation and get you energised. Five minutes of light, lower and upper body stretching and bending is all that it takes, but the lifetime benefits include durability, flexibility and suppleness for your muscles and joints. Not only that, it helps to keep you youthful and mobile as you get older, maintaining strength and reducing body aches and pains.

Follow this up by a 30-45 minute walk outside in the fresh air and where your senses are really activated.  Studies have shown that walking alone can add many quality years to your life.  If you’re able to add more movement to your morning routine, add some resistance to your muscles and work up a sweat with pilates, cycling, jogging, yoga or a circuit class. Add resistance to your muscles will help you to burn fat and change your body shape and composition. Working up a sweat speeds up the process of eliminating toxins from your body. Do both and it’s a double-whammy!

3. Eat “Liquids” First

I was brought up with a belief that, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”.  But as I’ve gotten well into my 40’s I’ve realised that this is completely false, as much good science is now proving.

The reality is that when you wake up, your body is still in the midst of one of its most critical functions – your digestive cycle. When you eat during this cycle, you disrupt the natural detoxification process that your body is designed to perform. Not only that, your body doesn’t actually need nutrients from food when you rise, because it’s just assimilated all of the nutrients from the night before! Remember, the word “breakfast” means to “break-your-fast”, so the key is to extend out your fast by a few extra hours before you break it, allowing your body to do it’s thing.

The net result? More energy, better digestion, stronger immunity, less inflammation, burn more fat, less hunger…the list goes on.

One final thing. Try not to break your fast with bacon and eggs. Instead, ease your digestive system into things with something light, like a fresh juice, fresh fruit or smoothie 🙂

Your body will love you for it!

I hope this helps.