1. Drink two 8-ounce glasses of water immediately upon waking
Why should I drink water as soon as I wake up? Well, our body content is about 75% water, our brain is about 75% water, our blood composition consists of about 92% water, and our muscles are around 75% water. We are majorly made of water and it is an essential element that we need to live, but you probably knew that already.
Drinking water in the morning provides many benefits:
- Purges toxins from our blood (helps us get rid of morning grogginess)
- Increases cell renewal rate (helps maintain healthy body functioning)
- Boosts metabolism (helps with weight loss)
- Purifies the colon (helps us remove waste from our bodies)
- Makes nutrient absorption easier (helps us get more out of the foods we eat)
2 Move your body in some way every single day
This can be yoga, walking, cycling, swimming, running, cleaning the house. Whatever it is, just do something for a minimum of 30 minutes that gets your body moving. Daily exercise helps produce feel good brain chemicals, burn calories, and keep your body flexible and fit.
3. Drink Warm Lemon Water
Drinking warm lemon water each morning is helpful in jumpstarting your body’s digestive processes. You can drink cool water as well. However, sometimes, first thing in the morning, it’s better to drink warmer water so it’s not such a shock to your system. For those who may not like the bitter taste of the lemon flavor, add raw honey for some extra “healthy” sweetness.
4. Do a Stretching Routine
Here’s a great 5 minute stretch that you can do in the morning to wake your muscles up and get them ready for the day ahead. You should always modify any workout to your own abilities, and search until you find one that resonates with you.
You can also use this time to do a yoga routine, or an exercise routine, if you feel so inclined or are trying to lose weight. However, if you currently aren’t exercising regularly we recommend starting off with just some morning stretches until that becomes a habit, and then transitioning into yoga and other exercises when you organically start to feel like you could do more than just stretch.