Get moving: 5 steps to a healthier morning routine

That trend we saw over Lockdown of YouTubers revealing their incredible ‘I woke up at 5am every day for 30 days and this is what happened’ seems to have finally (gratefully) come to an end. I’ve thought for a while now that it really doesn’t matter when you wake up every day. We should all, instead, pay attention to when our bodies work best, go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, get a good night’s sleep, and then slay the day. Speaking of which, if you’re after some essential tips for improving your sleep, you can find those here.

With all that being said, having a decent routine that you do every single morning can go miles in the right direction to getting your head wrapped around whatever’s on your to-do list. It sets you up well for everything you need to do, and starting out healthily will do wonders for making you feel good, positive, and happy, about the day ahead.

Here are my 5 steps to a healthier morning routine.

#1 Drink water

And when I say to drink water, I actually mean that you should down it. Chug it down and aim for about a full glass if you can. You can research for yourself the science behind using water to wake up your gut, but that’s not why I do it. I do it because it’s refreshing and gives the system a bit of a jolt, which’ll wake you up if your blaring alarm hasn’t done that already.

Plus, you know, dry mouths are the worst.

#2 Stay away from that phone

Isn’t it just so original of me to suggest this? Don’t get me wrong: I’m just as guilty as the rest of us of as scrolling in the mornings, but I always feel so fried after having done so. If you can or have time, try reading a physical book or on a paper-like screen instead of going on Twitter so that you’re not suddenly exposed to really bright screens when it’s pitch black.

I feel so much better whenever I manage this.

#3 Move that body

Some people like to go to the gym first thing in the morning. I tried this while at University, and it usually didn’t go to plan. My room (especially my bed) was just too warm, too comfortable, and after a long lie-in, it’d be time to go to lectures. I’d either then have to skip the gym or go during the busiest time of the day. What a bore.

I like to keep it simple. If I’m off work, I might do a home workout for up to an hour. If I’m at work that day, I try to do a set of push-ups and sit-ups. I tell myself that this tiny bit of exercise is doing wonders for making me look like Captain America, but in reality getting some light exercise in just helps me wake up.

#4 Go outside and breathe

This is so underrated. I usually avoid this in the super cold months, but when it’s a lovely bright morning with a light breeze, it’s nice to step outside and breathe for a few moments. Whether it’s for seconds or minutes, I love letting the air circulate my system.

I also find that just staring into the distance really helps to recentre me when I’m out on walks. Anyone else?

#5 Lotions and potions

Everyday I use some of that anti-aging moisturiser you can get. It contains SPF50 and just putting it on makes me feel like I’m doing something to stave off the damaging effects of the sun. If I can keep myself looking younger for longer, I’ll take it.

Use this opportunity to apply whatever it is you usually use in the mornings. I know that for some people, this will differ massively based on how much time you have or how much you care about not developing wrinkles, but the anti-aging cream is such a low-effort, no-brainer thing to use. Lots of you who are reading this might believe that it’s a gender split, but you’re just wrong. Everybody should take care of their skin; we shouldn’t see it as something that only women should do, which is what society would have us believe. The earlier you get on top of it, the better you’ll look for longer.

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What does your morning routine look like? Let me know if there’s anything that I should add in the comments below.


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