As I mentioned in my last post, my focus for 2016 is on using my time wisely and developing more discipline. This month, I am committing myself to using my morning hours to better myself physically, mentally and spiritually.
I was hesitant to share about my new routine until I had a few weeks under my belt. Truth be told, I had been putting myself and my health on the back burner for far too long. I was feeling really sluggish, unmotivated and completely drained.
But now that I’ve been consistently following this routine, I am thrilled with the results I’m seeing. Believe it or not, I actually look forward to waking up now!
So today I am sharing the five energy-boosting habits I’m using to kick my morning routine into high gear:
1. Drink a tall glass of water first thing when you wake up.
You’ve more than likely gone all night long without drinking anything. Downing a glass (or more) of water first thing in the morning helps to rehydrate your body, flushes toxins and aids in digestion.
When I head downstairs in the morning, this is the first thing I do. I’ve seen a noticeable increase in my energy levels since beginning this habit. I track my daily water intake in my Start Planner and it makes me a little giddy to cross one off so early in the day 🙂
2. Kick your coffee up a notch by making it Bulletproof.
Adding butter and coconut oil to your coffee might sound strange, but try it and you just may like it better than your regular cup of joe. When blended, it becomes a decadent, frothy drink with a lasting boost of energy.
I’ve started making these Lazy Bulletproof Coffee Pods because they are SO convenient! I also add a teaspoon of Pristine Whey Protein Powder. After a couple of quick pulses in my Ninja, it’s good to go!
3. Exercise your mind while strengthening your body.
We all know that exercise is good for us. It’s a great way to improve your mood and increase your energy level. Depending on the type of activity you choose, you can also use this time to give your mind a workout.
I received a couple of Amazon gift cards for Christmas and I put them towards this Folding Magnetic Upright Bike. I could do an entire post about how much I love this thing, but I’ll try to keep it short.
I had a treadmill that I never used because it was SO loud and I was terrified of waking my kids up. This bike is silent. I love that it’s adjustable so that I can increase my resistance as my endurance improves.
But what I love the most is that I’m easily able to read while I’m on it. Exercise bores me to no end. So long as my mind is engaged elsewhere, I can’t talk myself out of quitting early. Now that I associate reading (which I love) with exercising, I don’t want to miss a day!
If your physical activity isn’t suitable for reading, why not try listening to a podcast or audiobook instead? Make those minutes work for you by challenging your body and your mind.
4. Boost your dental routine with oil pulling.
You can improve your oral health by swishing oil around your mouth for a few minutes everyday. There are said to be many health benefits associated with oil pulling, one of which is increased energy. Because the oil removes toxins from the body, it keeps our immune systems from having to work as hard.
Technically, you are supposed to do this first thing in the morning, before eating or drinking anything. That doesn’t really work for me or my routine – I need my coffee pronto. It may not be as effective, but I’m still giving it a go. I’ve noticed my teeth are definitely whiter already!
5. Soften skin and increase circulation with dry brushing.
Dry brushing your skin is another quick way to rev up your morning routine. This is a great post about how it works and the ways it can benefit your health. I was especially interested in the way that it is said to stimulate the lymphatic system.
I’m using this brush every morning before showering. It only takes about a minute and my skin has never been softer! Plus, it’s actually quite invigorating.
You may find it helpful to see how I’m putting these new habits into practice each morning. Here’s my morning routine in action:
- 6:00-6:15 – Wake up (I almost always hit the snooze button once.) Go downstairs and drink a tall glass of iced water. Make Bulletproof coffee.
- 6:15-6:45 – Head upstairs to my closet for Bible reading and prayer journaling. I’m working my way through the Bible in a year using this printable.
- 6:45 – 7:00 – Read while working out on my exercise bike in my bedroom.
- 7:00 – 7:15 – Do a few quick chores while oil pulling (open the blinds, unload the dishwasher, make the bed, pick up my room).
- 7:15 – 7:30 – Dry brush, then shower. (I only wash my hair every 3-4 days, so I’ll take an extra 15 minutes here if I have to shampoo/blow dry.) After showering, I’ll spit the coconut oil into the trash, rinse my mouth and brush my teeth. Finish getting dressed and ready for the day.
This time frame isn’t rigid, but it’s what I aim for in order to be done by the time my kids wake up around 8:00am. I’m a little more relaxed on the weekends.
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